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Can we break the speed of light?


MrMuffinMan

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We have been told that nothing can go faster than the speed of light but what happens if we took a very long arm and rotated it around an axis. When a wheel is turning, the edges are turning faster than the middle in order to keep up. Lets say we took a laser pointer and pointed at the moon which is 384,400 km away, and flicked our wrist and a radian per second then the end of the laser pointer would be traveling 384,400,000 which is faster than the speed of light. So would the end of the laser be moving at faster than the speed of light?

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How long does it take the photons from the laser to get where you can observe them (assume a theoretical observer at your two points in space...)

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