Light Proved Even Faster than Previously Determined (Feb, 1951)

Light Proved Even Faster than Previously Determined

The speed of light, the magic number that affects nearly all laws of physics, is even faster than scientists thought. New experiments at Stanford University place it at 186,280 miles per second—eight miles per second higher than the old value. Even this small change may be important in radar and Loran. The researchers actually measured the speed of a radio wave—which is the same as that of light—by finding its resonance frequency in a “cavity” whose dimensions are known to a millionth of an inch.

5 comments
  1. fluffy says: October 9, 200812:54 pm

    Of course in today’s enlightened era we know that it’s actually 186262.4 miles per second.

  2. Thundercat says: October 9, 20083:50 pm

    Well, if you round, sure. I figure it at 186,282.397 miles per second.

  3. fluffy says: October 9, 20084:16 pm

    That’s kind of pushing the bounds of precision, unless your meter-to-mile conversion is significant to 9 digits.

  4. Mike says: October 9, 20088:34 pm

    Who was the guy running along side the beam of light measuring its speed?

  5. adel says: February 25, 201011:19 am

    light speed is a case whith new roules

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