Lightning is the flash of light that occurs when charge separation occurs.
Like other forms of light, the light emitted from the lightning travels near the speed of light.
This speed is near 300,000,000 meters per second.
The speed of sound in air at sea level moves about 1 mile every 5 seconds.
How fast is lightning compared to light?
The return stroke (the current that cause the visible flash) moves upward at a speed of about 320,000,000 ft per second or about 220,000,000 miles per hour (about 1/3 the speed of light). In comparison, the sound of thunder travels at about 1100 ft per second or about 750 miles per hour. What makes up lightning?
How fast does lighting travel?
299,792 kilometers per second
What travels faster than lightning?
Although light emitted from the lightning does travel at the speed of light, the actual developing lightning leaders, and the massive surge of current that you see as the actual lightning strike, only travel at 1% to 10% of the speed of light, so light is 10 – 100 times “faster” than lightning.
How fast is lightning in Mach?
the sound is traveling in. Assuming it’s sea-level air, the speed of sound is 1225 kph, and the speed of light is 299,709 kps. This makes the speed of light Mach 880,777.