Physics
Thunderstorms and Lightning

# Why does a thunderstorm show that light travels faster than sound?

###### December 16, 2009 9:26PM

You see lightning as soon as it happens, but thunder is usually delayed by a number of seconds (or at least long enough for you to count it).

## Related Questions

the time between the sound and the flash, the longer the time the further away it is as sound travels faster then light.

Light travels faster than sound ... about 875,000 times faster. Nothing travels faster than light.

No. Nothing travels faster than light. Light travels more than 800,000 times faster than sound.

Light travels tremendously faster than sound.

Sound travels faster than light trough water but light travels faster than sound through air.

light travels faster than the speed of sound.

First we see the light due to lightning process. But the thunder sound is heard only after a few seconds. This implies that light travels faster and sound travels very very slowly

Light travels faster because it just does, that's science!

Light travels faster through anything than sound does. Light also travels through a few things that sound can't. Light is around 150,000 times as fast.

lightning travels faster. Light is faster than sound.

Light travels faster than sound. The speed of sound is approximately 330 metres per second - whereas the speed of light is 300,000 kilometres per second. A typical example would be a thunderstorm. You see the flash of lightning first - followed by the sound of thunder a few seconds later.

Light appears lighter, and also travels faster, than sound.

light travels much faster than sound: light travels 186,000 miles/sec sound travels ~1,000 feet/sec or ~0.2 miles/sec

Light travels at approximately 3x108m/s whilst sound travels only at 343m/s. So which do you think is the faster one?

Light is roughtly a million times faster.

faster Light travels faster than sound. Light travels at 300 000 000 m/s whereas sound travels at around 340 m/s at room temperature in air. That's a 880,000x difference!

no from what i have learned light travels faster then sound

In air, light travels about 881,700 times faster than sound. In water, however, the situation is different, and your question is quite perspicatious. In water, light travels only about 151,700 times faster than sound.

Light travels considerably faster. Sound travels at about 343 meters per second. Light travels at 299,792,458 meters per second. Light in vacuum travels about 876 thousand times as fast as sound in air. If you meant to ask if light or sound travels faster then this is the answer: Light travels faster, with a speed of 300,000,000 m/s (which is equal to 300,000 km/s, or 186,282 miles per second). Sound, on the other hand, travels at a speed of 340 m/s (which is equal to 1126 ft/s).

Light is much faster then the speed of sound. Sound travels at a speed of about 768 Miles per hour, when light travels at a speed of 186,282 miles per SECOND.

Light travels much faster than sound, through wood.