Speed of Light

# Why gamma rays travel as fast as the speed of light?

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Because gamma rays are exactly the same thing

that light is, only with shorter wavelengths.

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## Related Questions

Neutrinos can be nearly as fast as light. All electromagnetic radiation (light, X-rays, gamma rays, radio waves, microwaves) travels at the same speed. Gravitons, if they exist, travel at the speed of light.

Gamma rays are electromagnetic waves, therefore they move at the speed of light.

If it is borne by wind blown dust and small particles, then as fast as the wind, potentially. If it is direct radiation like gamma rays, then this travels at the speed of light.

They travel to the speed of light? to it? and where exactly is the speed of light?

The speed of light. It IS a form of light.

A laser will travel at the speed of light at around 2.98 x 108 ms-1

The speed of light (3x10^8 m/s) as it is an electromagnetic wave and they all travel at this speed in a vacuum. This number can be used for gases as well as the molecules are so spread out at normal temperatires Same as speed of light "C". Gamma Rays are also form of Electro Magnetic Radiations. All EMR incl Light travel at same speed in same medium.Which is normally approximated to 3 x 10^8 m/sRead more: What_speed_do_gamma_rays_travel_at

They all travel through a vacuum at the same speed - The speed of light.

yes, they are both forms of light and travel at the same speed

Gamma rays are electromagnetic radiation, physically identical to radio, heat, light, microwave, etc., but with shorter wavelength (higher frequency). They travel at the 'speed of light': 300 million meters (186 thousand miles) per second. http://astromic.blogspot.com/2010/11/gamma-ray-burst-danger-and-studies.html

Darkness is the absence of light and will therefore travel at the speed of light (6x108m/s)

That depends on the type of radiation and sometimes where it comes from. Electromagnetic radiation (gamma rays, xrays, light rays etc) all travel at the speed of light; 3 x 10^8 m/s , regardless of their source. Beta rays &amp; alpha rays are particles and can have any speed , less then the speed of light. Their speed will depend on their source. radiation (heat) from the sun also travels at the speed of light

At the speed of light, which is 299,792,458 metres per second.

The speed of light is not dependent on the time it travels.

All stars are stationary (they do not move) if you are asking "how fast does the light of a star travel" then the speed of light is 186,282 miles per second.

The speed of light is not dependent on how long time it travels.

The speed of light in water is about 225,400 kilometres per second.

It depends on how fast you travel. If you travel as fast is it is possible to travel (i.e. at the speed of light) then while it takes light 8.32 minutes to get from the Sun to the Earth, it takes light 43.3 minutes to get from the Sun to Jupiter.

Electricity doesnt have a speed, it is instantaneous.

the speed of light 186,300 miles per second

The speed will depend on the type of gas and on its density.

Gamma rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, and therefore travel at the speed of light. This would require an extremely massive gravitational field, i.e. an extremely massive object, on the scale of stars. The same goes for beta particles; electrons and positrons, who already travel at nearly the speed of light due to their low mass. Alpha particles, however, due have some mass, and therefore travel at only 5% the speed of light, still fast enough to escape the Earth, but not fast enough to be affected by larger planets, perhaps.

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