What happens if you go faster than the speed of light?

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What happens if you go faster than the speed of light?

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If you were to go faster than the speed of light you would go backward in time.

Cosmic rays, for example, travel exceedingly close to the speed of light, and their internal clocks are slowed millions of times.

Relativity theory predicts that if a particle could exceed the speed of light, the time warp would become negative, and the particle could then travel backwards in time.

The reason we cannot go faster than light is because we don't have enough energy to go faster than light.

In order to reach the speed of light, you'd need an infinite amount of energy, and that's impossible!

And according to the laws of physics, as we approach light speed, we have to provide more and more energy to make an object move.

If the speed of light were to be infinite it would mean all points in the universe would be able to communicate with each other instantaneously.

Nothing can travel faster than 300,000 kilometers per second (186,000 miles per second).

Only massless particles, including photons, which make up light, can travel at that speed.

It's impossible to accelerate any material object up to the speed of light because it would take an infinite amount of energy to do so.

If you traveled at the speed of light you would age slower than you would normally.

And the physical consequence of traveling at the speed of light is that your mass becomes infinite and you slow down.

According to relativity, the faster you move, the more mass you have.

The same works on Earth when you're driving down the freeway.

You would age if you traveled at the speed of light and actually you would more likely age slower at the speed of light instead of aging faster.

When traveling at speeds near the speed of light special relativity says that time is dilated.

Thus relative to another inertial frame (where perhaps a stationary twin sits) time for the moving twin is slowing down.

Hence the stationary twin is aging faster.

The clock in motion will tick more slowly than the clocks we're watching on Earth.

If you're able to travel near the speed of light, the effects are much more pronounced.

Unlike the Twin Paradox, time dilation isn't a thought experiment or a hypothetical concept––it's real.

Time does stop at the speed of light.

Space and time simply don't exist at and beyond the speed of light in vacuum.

Therefore, taking the limit towards c simply reaffirms the two postulates.

Since there is no valid reference frame at the speed of light in vacuum, there is also no way for an object with mass to ever go exactly the speed of light.

The fastest thing in the known universe is the speed of light.

There's not anything that is faster than light as nothing else can move faster than the speed of light.

Light is fast. In fact, it is the fastest thing that exists, and a law of the universe is that nothing can move faster than light.

Light travels at 186,000 miles per second (300,000 kilometers per second) and can go from the Earth to the Moon in just over a second.

The person who discovered the speed of light was Ole Roemer.

Ole Roemer A Danish Astronomer became the first person to measure the speed of light.

Roemer measured the speed of light by timing eclipses of Jupiter's moon Io.

The reason C is the speed of light is because it is the initial letter of celeritas, the Latin word meaning speed."

The meter is the length of the path traveled by light in vacuum during a time interval of 1/299 792 458 of a second.

This defines the speed of light in vacuum to be exactly 299,792,458 m/s.

This provides a very short answer to the question "Is c constant": Yes, c is constant by definition!

A human cannot travel at the speed of light and if they could they likely would not survive the speed and force of traveling at the speed of light.

According to the laws of physics, as we approach light speed, we have to provide more and more energy to make an object move.

In order to reach the speed of light, you'd need an infinite amount of energy, and that's impossible!

The speed of light in water is 225,000 Kilometers Per Second.

Speed of light in a vacuum and air = 300 million m/s or 273,400 mph.

Speed of light in water = 226 million m/s or 205,600 mph.

Speed of light in glass = 200 million m/s or 182,300 mph.

Because light travels so fast it is difficult to measure the change in its speed in different materials.

The reason light is so fast is because light has no mass.

The light particles that make up electromagnetic radiation are called photons.

Each photon has a packet or quantum of energy depending on the frequency of the radiation.

The photon also has some momentum, but its mass is zero.

Light is created by photons and when when an object's atoms heat up, photon are produced from the movement of atoms.

And the hotter the object, the more photons are produced.

Light is made up of particles called photons.

The photon is a type of elementary particle that serves as the quantum of the electromagnetic field, including electromagnetic radiation such as light and radio waves, and the force carrier for the electromagnetic force.

Photons are massless, so they always move at the speed of light in vacuum, 299792458 m/s.

Light is actually both a wave and a particle.

Light behaves as both particles and waves at the same time, and scientists have been able to observe this duality in action using an ultrafast electron microscope.

Humans can see visible light.

The human eye can only see visible light, but light comes in many other "colors"—radio, infrared, ultraviolet, X-ray, and gamma-ray—that are invisible to the naked eye.

On one end of the spectrum there is infrared light, which, while too red for humans to see, is all around us and even emitted from our bodies.

The visible light spectrum is the segment of the electromagnetic spectrum that the human eye can view.

More simply, this range of wavelengths is called visible light.

Typically, the human eye can detect wavelengths from 380 to 700 nanometers.

Darkness is not really made up of anything other than the absence of light.

Darkness occurs when the sunlight is blocked out so when the earth spins and then tilts the earth gets dark and then as it spins around again towards morning the light or daylight comes out again.

Darkness doesn't have any source like light has source.

It is just an absence, an absence of light.

Darkness, the direct opposite of lightness, is defined as a lack of illumination, an absence of visible light, or a surface that absorbs light, such as black or brown.

The darkness is not light, as an object which does not emit or reflect energy is truly 'dark. '

Darkness is light radiation which is in thermal equilibrium with its environment.

(It would be fair to say, by this definition, that the interior of the sun is dark.)

Unlike normal matter, dark matter does not interact with the electromagnetic force.

This means it does not absorb, reflect or emit light, making it extremely hard to spot. In fact, researchers have been able to infer the existence of dark matter only from the gravitational effect it seems to have on visible matter.

And every day, as Earth turns on its axis, the part of the planet you're standing on turns for a time so that you face into Earth's shadow.

When you face into the shadow, it's night.

When Earth turns so that you again face the direction of the sun, it's day.

During the day, sunlight floods our atmosphere in all directions, with both direct and reflected sunlight coming to us from everywhere we can see.

At night, the sunlight doesn't flood the atmosphere, and so it's dark everywhere in the sky that there isn't a point of light at, like a star, planet, or the Moon.

One lunar side always faces Earth, or is tidally locked, because the moon's rotation and orbit is closely synced-up with our planet's.

The moon spins about its axis and orbits the sun with Earth, so its night or "dark" side is constantly moving.

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