Riding Light →

Alphonse Swinehart · Vimeo ·

Fascinating video by Alphonse Swinehart looking at the scale of our solar system by traveling from the Sun to Jupiter at the speed of light. Disclaimer, it still takes just over 43 minutes to travel at light speed from the Sun to Jupiter.

In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it’s unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system, from a human perspective.