Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Speed of light

The speed of light in a vacuum is exactly 299,792,458 metres per second (or 1,079,252,848.8 km/h, which is approximately 186,282.397 miles per second, or 670,616,629.4 miles per hour; sometimes roughly 300,000 km per second). This value is denoted by the letter c, reputedly from the Latin celeritas, "speed", and also known as Einstein's constant. Note that this speed is a definition, not a measurement, in that the fundamental SI unit of distance, the metre, is defined in terms of the speed of light: one metre is the distance light travels in a vacuum in 1/299,792,458 of a second. The speed of light through a transparent medium (that is, not in vacuum) is less than c; the ratio of c to this speed is called the refractive index of the medium. cheap spanish holiday wiley x outdoor villa lighting

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