How fast is light??
Conventional science says the speed of light is about 300 km/s
But what if I told you this was wrong….? What if I told you the speed of light is a lot slower than that? Like as in zero.
Again, it’s all a matter of perspective! In the big picture… if you could step out and look… light does not move. It’s more correct to say the speed of matter is 300 km/s!!
Seriously!…. OK think about this. Time and space are relative. The faster you go in space the less you experience time. When you reach the cosmic speed limit you experience no time at all. By the perspective of light… the photon reaches it’s target the very instant it exists. Even if it traveled 10 billion light years… according to the photon it took no time to get there. The entire distance is traveled in less than an instant! How fast can you go in no time at all?? The answer is zero!
So what’s with the 300 kilometers per second thing? Something has to be moving… right?
Yes, something is moving but it’s not the light that is moving…. everything else is! Crazy huh?? Well… not so much. I think the crazy part is that I have to be the one to tell you this. Certainly someone else must have considered this…. anyone??… Bueller?? Well, everyone knows the universe is expanding but what does that really mean? It means that every point in space is stretching out in all directions. Sometimes I like to think about it as waves in a pond but every single point in space is radiating out in all directions all the time. How fast are all these points going exactly?? 300 km per second! How do I know that?? Read on….
Cosmic speed limit
So in reality… a reality we cannot see from our perspective… it’s more correct to think of all matter moving at 300 km/s. When we go faster by our perspective, we are actually slowing down! Since you cannot go any slower than zero, it is impossible to go any “faster”. That’s why the speed of light will never be broken, just like Einstein told you.
Am I nuts!?
Well… I might just be crazy. After all I am not a scientist. The closest I got to any schooling on these matters was physics 101. So, that may be the case (that I have no idea what I’m babbling on about) but then there would be one hell of a coincidence that needs explaining if I’m wrong. Exactly how do I start out with the speed of light… plug in the age of the universe… throw that at a simple math equation… and then come out with a number that leading astronomers say is the speed of expansion!!?
When I started thinking about this, leading scientists at the time said the speed the universe was expanding at was “74.3 plus or minus 2.1 km/s“. That was bit higher than my number but really, really close. What caught my attention was that I was working with insanely huge numbers and crazy tiny fractions… and when I was done, I got the number 70.761 km/s. Then a few years later I see a new article “A new series of papers published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society finds the value to be 71.2 km/s” WOW!! I came up with 71 and leading scientists just changed what they believe the number to be from (72 to 76) down to 71. How can that be a coincidence???
Wait… What??… How!
I believe the universe is expanding in a higher dimension at the number we call “speed of light”. We exist on the outer edge of a balloon that is expanding out at 300 km/s. That causes the outer edge of the balloon to expand at 71 km/s per mega parsec. In our little 3rd dimension existence, every point in space is zipping outward at 300 km/s. Matter (atoms) are just other sets of waves that are travelling on (riding like a surfer) the expanding universe’s 3rd dimension. These atomic waves clump together and are not flung apart as they are pushed because they create the effect we call gravity that causes those waves to stay close. Sometimes I think of it like refraction… atoms are waves (standing waves by our perspective) and those waves are bent inward toward each other when they get close.
Atoms (mass) are pushed by the expanding wave front, but when light photons are created they have no speed. They are not effected by the expanding wave and remain where they are so to speak. From our spot on the surfboard those light photons appear to be moving away from us at 300 km/s. They appear to be a wave because they are bobbing up and down by our point of view. And maybe they are bobbing up and down, after all I truly believe everything is just another wave in one dimension or another…. or maybe all of them but we just can’t see that.