herme3 Posted October 28, 2004 Share Posted October 28, 2004 Before 1983, the meter was a different size than the current meter. I read that the current meter is based on the distance time can travel in 1/299,792,458th of a second. Where did anybody come up with that number? Now we have to say that light travels at 299,792,458 meters per second. Wouldn't it make it easier on scientists if 1/300,000,000th of a second was used? That's just my opinion. Does anyone know why 299,792,458 was used? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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