Traveling at Speed of Light

Have 45-minutes to spare? This incredible video will take you from the surface of the sun to Jupiter in real-time, at the speed of light. Animator Alphonse Swinehart says: “In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it’s unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in real-time, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system.” Continue reading to watch.

Swinehart also adds: “I’ve taken liberties with certain things like the alignment of planets and asteroids, but overall I’ve kept the size and distances of all the objects as accurate as possible. I also decided to end the animation just past Jupiter as I wanted to keep the running length below an hour.”