The speed of light is no longer the measure of all things fast. At CERN, scientists say they recorded sub-atomic particles (or neutrinos) that travel faster. With the new discovery, Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity may be upstaged.
About 750 scientists across 22 countries are housed 4,200 feet below the Earth’s surface. Daily, they take part in the study of cosmic particles and its relation to physics. They are there tinkering with the Large Haydron Collider, in hopes of delving deeper into the universe and making sense of subatomic particles and mass.
And just by accident the team there, while beaming neutrinos towards another capture facility 500 miles away, recorded energy moving faster than the speed of light. But what are neutrinos? Neutrinos
They are tiny particles that are left from massive explosions like that from the sun. What’s left from the radioactive decay are neutrinos with a bit of mass and energy.
It’s not just a sexy name for another proton or neutron; it actually exists.
Nevertheless, the Geneva-based scientists with the CERN project measured the transfer of light at 60 nanoseconds. In contrast, the speed of light travels at 5,286 meters per second-squared or 2.4 thousandths of a second. Now to the human eye, the change is largely undetected, citing a Reuters report.
“It is a tiny difference, but conceptually it is incredibly important. The finding is so startling that, for the moment, everybody should be very prudent,” said a researcher at the discovery site in Geneva.
Einstein’s theory about the speed of light is a constant (c) for all objects relative to its motion. He said that light is a constant motion and does not change unless something takes it out of a straight line.
In other words, if two objects are traveling at the same speed, relative to one another, it does not matter how fast or how slow any other object is going because one source is compared to one other. In other words, the motions or perceptions of speed are fixed.
In fact, Albert Einstein said that nothing in the universe can travel faster than the speed of light. Nothing? If the results from speed measurements are verified and duplicated, perhaps time travel is possible? Did the visionaries from science fiction films open up a world of possibilities? If yes, the name science fiction becomes — well — a misnomer.