Ever wonder what the speed of lightning would be if it didn’t zigzag?
You are kidding right?
Or is this one of those questions on the Menza test?
The speed of light is the speed of light! Right? I am sure, are you?
If you're question was serious, and not a trick question, then your question was misstated.
The speed of light is always the same.
The amount of time it takes an electric discharge to travel from point a to point b will always be effected by the path it takes, that being the path of least resistance to it's contact with the ground.
I hope that my answer is correct, without incorrect assumptions.
I hate the word assume. It always makes an ASS of U and ME.
Have a great day.
No, I must admit I've never wondered about that. Hadn't even crossed my mind, actually. But like the BaliMermaid, I'm assuming it does jump from one point to another at the speed of light (there's that word again...assume) But as one thinks about it, maybe not. I suspect it might be slower than that due to it having to overcome a certain amount of resistance through atmosphere. Maybe some Atmospheric boffin out their can elucidate?...
Nope, waste of time, the speed of light is the speed of light, it would just have less distance to travel by travelling in one straight line.
The speed of lightning is always the speed of light. How long the path is will increase the time but the speed is always the same... like a car going 60mph will take longer on a longer road, but it's still going 60mph. And the duration of lightning is not dependent upon it's speed... it has to do with the number of electrons transferred.
Lighting travels up, not down. When you see the light the electron transfer is complete and the light is caused by the electrons of the air falling back into their orbits.
The question is irrelivant. The speed of light is what it is.
Have you seen the movie TRON LEGACY? In that movie it is shown that vehicles travel with the speed of light. And yes speed of lighting cannot be straight! Speed of light was, is and will remain the speed of light.
Lightning, if it did not zig-zag, would actually go at the speed of dark, quite in opposition to what many have said here today.
by Mishael Austin Witty 6 years ago
What is the speed of dark?My husband found this question in his fortune cookie tonight. Neither one of us knew how to answer it. And we certainly didn't know how it related to fortune. So, I thought it might be interesting to throw it out here and see others had to say.
by Aqeel Saeed 12 years ago
if it happens then just move in universe, today in ploto and the other day in other galaxy.
by jomine 9 years ago
Suppose a light ray travelling near a black hole, which has so much gravity that the escape velocity is twice the speed of light, got caught in its gravitational field. Will the light travel at the speed of light or travel at double the speed of light?Similarly what happen to other objects...
by Philip Cooper 7 years ago
Do you believe it will be possible to travel close to the speed of light?
by Irfan 8 years ago
Aircrafts have past the speed of sound ... do you think they will ever break the speed of light?Do you think the light barrier can be broken? ... I think it can.
by Mikel G Roberts 8 years ago
Does light have a terminal velocity? Is lights terminal velocity "the speed of light"?If we held a race between two beams of light, one beam being on a moving object and one from a stationary object, would the beam of light from the moving object arrive first at the finish line?
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