The How Long Does It Take for the Sun's Light to Reach Earth?

In summary, it takes approximately 500 seconds for the Sun's light to reach the Earth, given that the Sun is 1.5 x 10^11 meters away from the Earth.
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zachcumer
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The Sun is 1.5 x 10^11 m from the Earth. How long does it take for the Sun's light to reach the Earth?

Above is the question I have to answer I was thinking...

300,000,000,000 meters/1.5*10^11...dunno?
 
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Look at the units:

[itex]1.5 \cdot 10^{11} \,m \cdot \frac{ 1 s }{ 3 \cdot 10^8 \,m }[/itex]

Note that the meters cancel, leaving you with seconds.

If you divide it your way, you get:

[itex]\frac{ 3 \cdot 10^8 \, m }{ 1 s} \cdot \frac{1}{ 1.5 \cdot 10^{11} \,m} [/itex]

which has units of 1/s. This isn't a unit of time, so it's not what you want.

- Warren
 
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so...
 
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zachcumer said:
so...

Yes?

- Warren
 
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I need it in minutes not seconds.?
 
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so the answer is 5 times 10 to the 18?
 
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zachcumer said:
so the answer is 5 times 10 to the 18?

No, you may need to review how to multibly and divide exponents.
 
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so its 500 seconds...
 
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zachcumer said:
so its 500 seconds...

Yes, that's correct.

- Warren
 

Related to The How Long Does It Take for the Sun's Light to Reach Earth?

1. How long does it take for the Sun's light to reach Earth?

It takes approximately 8 minutes and 20 seconds for the Sun's light to reach Earth.

2. Why does it take 8 minutes and 20 seconds for the Sun's light to reach Earth?

This is because the distance between the Sun and Earth is about 93 million miles (149.6 million kilometers). Light travels at a speed of 186,282 miles per second (299,792 kilometers per second), so it takes 8 minutes and 20 seconds for it to travel this distance.

3. Is the time it takes for the Sun's light to reach Earth always the same?

Yes, the time it takes for the Sun's light to reach Earth is always around 8 minutes and 20 seconds. This is because the speed of light is constant and the distance between the Sun and Earth remains relatively the same.

4. Does it take longer for the Sun's light to reach other planets?

Yes, it takes longer for the Sun's light to reach other planets depending on their distance from the Sun. For example, it takes about 3 hours for the Sun's light to reach Neptune, the farthest planet in our solar system.

5. How does the Sun's light travel through space to reach Earth?

The Sun's light travels through space in the form of electromagnetic waves. These waves have different wavelengths, including visible light which is what we see. As the light travels through space, it is not affected by gravity and can travel at a constant speed until it reaches Earth.

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