# Do Radio Waves Travel At The Speed Of Sound?

## Do radio waves travel at light speed?

Actually, radio waves travel very quickly through space. Radio waves are a kind of electromagnetic radiation, and thus they move at the speed of light. The speed of light is a little less than 300,000 km per second. At that speed, a beam of light could go around the Earth at the equator more then 7 times in a second.

## Do radio waves travel faster in water?

Light travels faster than sound even in water. If you are asking why sound is slower when it is in air than water, and why light is faster in air than in water, here is why: Light waves are electromagnetic transversal waves. They can travel through a vacuum and any particles they contact slow them down.

## How long can radio waves travel?

Radio waves have the longest wavelengths in the EM spectrum, according to NASA, ranging from about 0.04 inches (1 millimeter) to more than 62 miles (100 kilometers).

Band Frequency range Wavelength range
Very Low Frequency (VLF) 3 to 30 kHz 10 to 100 km
Low Frequency (LF) 30 to 300 kHz 1 m to 10 km

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## Which wave is faster than light?

One possible use for faster than light radio waves — which are packed into a very powerful wave the size of a pencil point — could be the creation of a new generation of cell phones that communicate directly to satellites, rather than transmitting through relay towers as they now do.

## Is anything faster than light?

There is no limit to how fast the universe can expand, says physicist Charles Bennett of Johns Hopkins University. Einstein’s theory that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light in a vacuum still holds true, because space itself is stretching, and space is nothing.

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## Does light travel faster in water or air?

Air’s refractive index is about 1.0003, while water’s is about 1.3. This means that light is “slower” in water than air. This is because it’s more likely to hit a molecule and then get re-emitted, lengthening the amount of time the light takes to get through a certain distance of the medium.

## Which is faster light or sound?

Sound travels at about 340meters per second. So, in meters, light travels about 1000 times faster than sound. Light travels about 1km/s faster than sound.

## How fast do red light travel in a vacuum?

Visible SpectrumSmall! So red light vibrates at about 400 million million cycles per second.