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Is there an opposite of the speed of light?

Is there an opposite of the speed of light? If so, how fast/slow does it go?
George Wells from Dorset (Aged 5-14)


3 Responses

  1. Not really.

    The speed of light in free space (or a vacuum) is 299 792 458 m/s is a really useful number as it is something that is the same wherever you are in the universe – and so is something on which we can base other measurements. For example the metre is defined according to the speed of light.

    I guess the only way that you could have something that is opposed to the speed of light would be to have something that does not move at all…

  2. theoretically if you had something that was the opposite of light in all of it’s characteristics then you may find something that has a nature to absorb all that is around it…like a black hole, philosophically thinking, everything in the universe and nature has an opposing force.

  3. Something that stands completely still, right down to its atoms.

    Since things can be faster than light, it’s hard to come up with a center of speed. Anything can go slower than what we can imagine, anything can go faster, infinite in both directions. I know what you’re thinking. Things can be so slow that they stand still. That’s the difference between .000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000001 and 0.

    To sum it up, there is no definite speed to start measuring at, so it’s hard to find an opposite.

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