# Speed of light conversions

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## What is speed of light?

The **speed of light** is a unit of speed equal to one Plank unit or 299,792,458 meters per second (1 c = 299,792,458 m/s), the derived unit of speed in the International System of Units (SI). It is also equal to approximately 1,080 million kilometers per hour (km/h), or about 300,000 kilometers per second (km/s), or nearly 671 million miles per hour (mph or mi/h), or 186,282 miles per second (mps or mi/s) or 173.144 astronomical units per day (AU/day).

The speed of light (c) is defined as the maximum speed at which all matter, information, and energy in the universe can travel in vacuum.

In a medium, light travels at a speed (v) less than the speed of light (c), depending on the refractive index (n) of the medium (v = c /n). For instance, for visible light:

- The speed light travels through air is equal to about c/1.0003 ≈ 299,702.547 km/s (i.e., about 90 km/s slower than c)
- The speed light travels through water is equal to about c/1.3 ≈ 230,609.583 km/s
- The speed light travels through glass is equal to about c/1.5 ≈ 199,861.639 km/s
- The speed light travels through diamond is equal to about c/2.4 ≈ 124,913.524 km/s

*Symbol:*

c

*Plural:*

speed of light

## Speed of light conversions: quick links

A compehensive list with conversions from speed of light to other (metric, imperial, or customary) speed and velocity measurement units is shown below.

- speed of light to centimeter per second (c to cm/s)
- speed of light to foot per hour (c to ft/h)
- speed of light to foot per minute (c to ft/min)
- speed of light to foot per second (c to ft/s)
- speed of light to inch per hour (c to in/h)
- speed of light to inch per minute (c to in/min)
- speed of light to inch per second (c to in/s)
- speed of light to kilometer per hour (c to km/h)
- speed of light to kilometer per minute (c to km/min)
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- speed of light to knot (c to kn)
- speed of light to meter per hour (c to m/h)
- speed of light to meter per minute (c to m/min)
- speed of light to meter per second (c to m/s)
- speed of light to micrometer per second (c to μm/s)
- speed of light to mile per hour (c to mph)
- speed of light to mile per minute (c to mpm)
- speed of light to mile per second (c to mps)
- speed of light to millimeter per second (c to mm/s)
- speed of light to nautical mile per day (c to nmi/d)
- speed of light to nautical mile per hour (c to nmi/h)
- speed of light to speed of sound
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