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# Light from the sun reaches earth in 8.3 minutes The velocity of light is 3 x 10¹ meters/second How far is the earth from the sun?

Updated: 7/5/2023 Wiki User

12y ago

it is 8 minutes and 33 seconds

To reach the sun at light speed which is 1AU away appx 92-94 million miles away light travels at 186,000 miles a second.

186,000*60=11,160,000 miles a minute

92,000,000/11,160,000=8.2437 min

94,000,000/11,160,000=8.4229 min

8.2437+8.4229=16.6666/2=8.33 min is the mean time for light to reach the sun from earth or earth to the sun. Wiki User

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14y ago

According to a NASA website a light year is 6 trillion (6 000 000 000 000) miles (because light years are a measure of distance, not time) which equals 6 x10 ^12 in scientific notation. times 6 trillion (or 6x10^12) by 4.7 will give you the answer of 2.82x10^13 or 24 trillion miles. Also the distance from the earth to the sun is called an Astronomical unit which is 150 million kilometres (93 million miles) Just though you'd like to know that it takes about 8 minutes for light to travel an astronomical unit =]   Wiki User

12y ago

it is 8.33 minutes 8 minutes and 20 seconds.

This is a break down of the speed of light over distance.

To reach the sun at light speed which is 1AU away appx 92-94 million miles away light travels at 186,000 miles a second.

186,000*60=11,160,000 miles a minute

92,000,000/11,160,000=8.2437 min

94,000,000/11,160,000=8.4229 min

8.2437+8.4229=16.6666/2=8.33 min is the mean time for light to reach the sun from earth or earth to the sun.   Wiki User

12y ago

Pretty close; about 8 minutes 20 seconds.

The Earth is about 93,000,000 miles from the Sun, and light travels at 186,000 miles per second. That works out to 500 seconds - or 8 minutes 20 seconds.

it is 8 minutes and 33 seconds

This is a break down of the speed of light over distance.

To reach the sun at light speed which is 1AU away appx 92-94 million miles away light travels at 186,000 miles a second.

186,000*60=11,160,000 miles a minute

92,000,000/11,160,000=8.2437 min

94,000,000/11,160,000=8.4229 min

8.2437+8.4229=16.6666/2=8.33 min is the mean time for light to reach the sun from earth or earth to the sun.

8 Minutes and 20 seconds is off by 2.418 Million Miles off. Which would be like circulating the earth 96 times.   Wiki User

12y ago

Sunlight takes about 8.3 minutes to reach the Earth. The time can be calculated by dividing the distance the Sun is from the Earth (150 million kilometres) by the speed at which light travels (299,792.458 km per second) which will give you the time light takes to travel from the Sun to the Earth in seconds.

We know that light travels at 186,000 Miles/s or appx 300,000km/s

If we know the distance of an object we can figure out how long it takes to drive that distance with speeds. In this case we are using speed of light.

This is a break down of the speed of light over know distance of the sun.

To reach the sun at light speed which is 1AU away appx 92-94 million miles away light travels at 186,000 miles a second.

186,000*60=11,160,000 miles a minute

92,000,000/11,160,000=8.2437 min

94,000,000/11,160,000=8.4229 min

8.2437+8.4229=16.6666/2=8.33 min is the mean time for light to reach the sun from earth or earth to the sun.   Wiki User

12y ago

We know that light travels at a constant (fastest speed) 186,000 Miles/s or appx 300,000km/s

If we know the distance of an object we can figure out how long it takes to drive that distance with speeds. In this case we are using speed of light.

This is a break down of the speed of light over know distance of the sun.

To reach the sun at light speed which is 1AU away appx 92-94 million miles away light travels at 186,000 miles a second.

186,000*60=11,160,000 miles a minute

92,000,000/11,160,000=8.2437 min

94,000,000/11,160,000=8.4229 min

8.2437+8.4229=16.6666/2=8.33 min is the mean time for light to reach the sun from earth or earth to the sun.   Wiki User

12y ago

well first of all light travels much faster that 30 meters per second. It travels 180,000 miles per second. If this is a 'what if' question this is how you solve it.

Distance=Rate x time

subsitute Distance for Distance because that is what we are trying to figure out, subsitute Rate for 30 Meters/second, subsitute Time for 8.3 seconds.

Distance = 30 m/s x 8.3 s

=

30

8.3

x

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90

2400

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249 Meters

So basically the earth would be 249 meters from earth. But in reality it is 93,000,000 miles from earth.   Wiki User

13y ago

To answer this question, we also need the speed of light, which is about 300 million metres/second. It will also help to convert the time into seconds, since they are part of the units we are using for speed. The time comes out to 480 seconds. We know that speed = distance / time, so to solve for distance we multiply speed by time, which gives us (300,000,000 m/s) x (480 s) = 144,000,000,000 metres. We can then divide by 1,000 to get an answer in kilometres, and the final result is about 144 million kilometres, or about 90 million miles.   Wiki User

12y ago

Just a bit higher than that. It takes light about 9 minutes and 20 seconds to reach the Earth from the Sun.   Wiki User

14y ago

The sun is 93 million miles away from the earth.   Earn +20 pts
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