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Is there an object in the universe that can go faster than the speed of light? I think there has been some research on this.

On the show Star Trek, Captain Kirk took the Enterprise into warp speed II. This meant the Enterprise was travelling faster than the speed of light. It is not really possible for an object in this universe to travel that fast.

The speed of light is 299,792,458 meters per second (or a REALLY fast speed!). Any object with mass (like you, your dog, or the Starship Enterprise) has to travel at speeds LESS than the speed of light. In this way, the speed of light acts as a speed limit in our universe -- nothing can travel faster than that speed!

Submitted by Ina (Florida, USA)
(September 2, 1997)



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