The Speed of Light Captured in Slow Motion

Cambridge, Massachusetts — Researchers from the MIT Media Lab have made a remarkable breakthrough in high-speed imaging. Light is the fastest thing we know of, and it travels at an astounding speed of 186,000 mi/sec or about 670,616,629 mph.

If you were going that fast, you could fly around the Earth 7.5 times in just one second!

Now that’s pretty fast. But for the first time in history, we can now see light move in slow motion…because everything looks better in slow motion. Researchers have developed an imaging system comprised of 500 sensors. Each of these sensors captures an image at a incredible rate of one trillion frames per second in sequential order.

The amazing result is what you see below:

speed_lightHere’s the full video explaining the technology behind this remarkable breakthrough:

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