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Are we not already travelling at the speed of light?

  1. Jan 27, 2013 #1
    This isn't for any homework or coursework. I am new to physics and have decided to embrace my inner geek that i have been suppressing for 30 years.

    Some light reading recently has pointed out to me that the speed of light is not a constant velocity we should hope to achieve but the speed at which we are already travelling.

    Can someone explain this to me?
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  3. Jan 27, 2013 #2


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    We can't explain what you read without you citing the proper source, something we require in this forum.

    https://www.physicsforums.com/blog.php?b=2703 [Broken]

    And no, we cannot be traveling at c. We cannot transform to the rest frame of the photon.

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  4. Jan 27, 2013 #3
    thanks. I am new in here obviously
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