How Fast Things Travel Compared to the Speed of Light

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Sometimes it's hard to put things like the speed of light into perspective: it's a number so large that it's tough to make sense of. Which is why this visualisation, which compares the speed of things you can (kinda) more easily visualise, is massively helpful.

With arc length representing speed, Usain Bolt barely registers, while a Cheetah at least puts in a decent showing. A Bugatti Veyron or Bullet Train take things up a notch but then—WHOOSH—there goes an HTV2 jet. But we're still pitifully far away from travelling at the speed of light. Sigh. []