What Is The Speed of Dark?

  • Published on Jul 29, 2014
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    this is the video where I talk about THE SPEED OF PUSH: thexvid.com/video/Do1lm9IevYE/video.html
    Big thanks to Martin Archer for help with this episode: www.martinarcher.co.uk/
    And thanks to Guy Larsen for his shadow magic: twitter.com/guylar
    music by www.TheXvid.com/JakeChudnow
    and www.audionetwork.com
    shadows faster than light:
    making the moon brighter: what-if.xkcd.com/13/
    sunset and earth’s shadow and belt of venus in single pics:
    amounts of evening-types in a city: weatherspark.com/averages/33125/Honolulu-Hawaii-United-States
    superluminal scissors:
    wave animations:
    phase velocity vs. group velocity: resource.isvr.soton.ac.uk/spcg/tutorial/tutorial/Tutorial_files/Web-further-dispersive.htm
    faster than light dark patches:
    make a light interference pattern at home:
    the speed of ignorance:
    “animalcules”: www.leben.us/index.php/component/content/article/59-volume-3-issue-4/236-antoni-van-leeuwenhoeks-amazing-little-animalcules
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Comments • 25 384

  • GD Ice
    GD Ice 20 hours ago

    Better question, what is light?

  • Narc Chav
    Narc Chav Day ago

    But like, what is the speed of dark

  • Pastel Dragon
    Pastel Dragon Day ago

    Dear vsauce
    Does dragons exist thanks you

  • iKiwi
    iKiwi Day ago

    I’m not afraid of the dark.......... I’m just afraid of what’s in it...........

  • Dashing Dash
    Dashing Dash Day ago

    The answer is Giraffe. The answer is always Giraffe

  • Byorski
    Byorski 2 days ago

    “The only thing known to go faster than ordinary light is monarchy, according to the philosopher Ly Tin Wheedle. He reasoned like this: you can't have more than one king, and tradition demands that there is no gap between kings, so when a king dies the succession must therefore pass to the heir instantaneously. Presumably, he said, there must be some elementary particles -- kingons, or possibly queons -- that do this job, but of course succession sometimes fails if, in mid-flight, they strike an anti-particle, or republicon. His ambitious plans to use his discovery to send messages, involving the careful torturing of a small king in order to modulate the signal, were never fully expanded because, at that point, the bar closed.”

    ― Terry Pratchett, Mort

  • Radosław Mazurek
    Radosław Mazurek 2 days ago

    OK I see that. My bad.

  • Radosław Mazurek
    Radosław Mazurek 2 days ago

    I think there is mistake in shadow on the Moon example. Shadow can move only with speed of light because shadow is dependent on llight that goes from Earth.

  • TheJohnny
    TheJohnny 2 days ago

    Hello Darkness, my old Friend

  • Steve Gilbert
    Steve Gilbert 2 days ago

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  • Basti Hansen
    Basti Hansen 3 days ago

    HOW am I only discovering your channel now? Your skill in storytelling is so amazing!! :)

  • Φαίδων Αμπατζόγλου

    The Greek translation has a flaw:
    Currently is,
    “Ποιά είναι η ταχύτητα του σκοταδιού”
    and it sounds bad(because uses the popular version of the word “darkness”)
    The official word should be “σκότους”
    And all together:
    “Ποιά είναι η ταχύτητα του σκότους;”
    Greetings from Greece 🇬🇷
    Have a nice day ☀️

  • anthony ortega
    anthony ortega 4 days ago

    The finger shadow looks like a penis...... sorry lmao

  • Shadow
    Shadow 4 days ago

    Finally, someone who gets me....

    2:43 Oh.... O.o

  • Mak 6
    Mak 6 4 days ago


  • Caleb Ferch
    Caleb Ferch 4 days ago

    Hey vsauce, caleb here anddddddd I'm still a piece of shit worth nothing

  • PL AN ES Band
    PL AN ES Band 4 days ago

    3:00 "smooch of darkness" would be a great band name

  • Lee Wheatley
    Lee Wheatley 4 days ago

    What is the speed of silence?

  • Vernon Smith
    Vernon Smith 5 days ago

    2:45 no context

  • Otto Boi
    Otto Boi 5 days ago

    Who’s the perverted fuck making dick shadows on the moon?

  • Porcelain Iceberg
    Porcelain Iceberg 5 days ago

    I have optophobia er whatever every morning

  • Sbiaw
    Sbiaw 5 days ago


  • richard carter
    richard carter 5 days ago

    Sixteen percent of the dark energy in the universe emanates from my ex-wife. She is old and will soon die. When this occurs, could the consequent shock wave end up shredding the fabric of the universe? No one of any influence seems to recognize this threat and I am unaware of any measures being taken to address this concern. Could she be placed in a medically induced coma to dissipate this energy in a more gradual manner that will prove less cataclysmic for humanity?
    Dr. Davis of the College of Charleston has been alerted to the danger but he seems rather cavalier the about whole thing. Likewise with Dr. Tyson in New York. Can you direct me to the proper agency or individual? Time is growing short. We are becoming anxious here in Moncks Corner, SC.

  • A. Rohrer
    A. Rohrer 5 days ago

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  • Sophia Blake
    Sophia Blake 6 days ago

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  • Plazyen
    Plazyen 6 days ago

    Here’s a topic: if a rope was millions of kilometres long, and it was pulled on one end, would it move faster than light? (This is assuming that the force pulling it was strong enough)

  • Bob Big
    Bob Big 6 days ago

    I'm not smart but you technically move infinitely fast as you move an infinite amount of infinitely small spaces (smaller then plank length). I don't know.

  • CyberPixel3393
    CyberPixel3393 6 days ago

    This onestly idk how this is a meme cuz vsauce is awesome

  • Enzo
    Enzo 6 days ago

    Micheal, you confuse me

  • TheOnlyAedyn1
    TheOnlyAedyn1 6 days ago +1

    What is the speed of Vsauce?

  • Ματίλντα Αντζεγιέβσκα

    Is it just me or did the shadow on moon look like a dick?

  • Nordic .I
    Nordic .I 6 days ago

    The fact that this channel has 13m subs, makes my day.

  • Juanma Railgun
    Juanma Railgun 7 days ago

    So.... Neverending Story 3 was right, The speed of Darkness IS faster than the speed of light..... what the fuck seriously.

  • Dylan Werner
    Dylan Werner 7 days ago

    How long would it take the shadow to appear on the moon? When a star dies it takes years for it to stop glowing from our point of view so how long would it take the light and then the shadow to appear on the moon?

  • Electric TURDIS
    Electric TURDIS 7 days ago

    Your smart

  • Brandonz 9000
    Brandonz 9000 7 days ago

    Deep. 😧

  • Gratis WOZ bezwaar
    Gratis WOZ bezwaar 7 days ago

    SIENCE cool butt weird

  • Zengkoy
    Zengkoy 8 days ago

    wow. from science to philosophy faster than light

  • Splag Yetsi
    Splag Yetsi 8 days ago

    Wow this was deep. I need to take a breath and watch a rerun.

  • Ebin Make
    Ebin Make 8 days ago


  • Clorox Bleach
    Clorox Bleach 9 days ago

    Me: just sit down and do your homework it’s not that difficult
    Me five minutes later: what is the speed of smell.

  • Gloria Jean
    Gloria Jean 9 days ago

    Light does not travel either.

  • Connor Roddis
    Connor Roddis 9 days ago

    Is that why its eeveelution is umbrion

  • Nacomi
    Nacomi 9 days ago

    Shadow has speed of light... And actually shadow doesnt exist

  • Xx_ScarletFox_xX
    Xx_ScarletFox_xX 9 days ago

    *his videos make me woke...I feel..high..watches his videos (e.e)/*

  • Alpha Centauri
    Alpha Centauri 9 days ago

    Me and my umbreon are watching this right now

  • Alpha Centauri
    Alpha Centauri 9 days ago +1

    Naked man: you can't see me
    Police: you're under arrest
    Naked man: *YOU CANT SEE ME*

  • Alpha Centauri
    Alpha Centauri 9 days ago

    we have phobiaphobiaphobiaphobia
    *a phobia of a fear of having a phobia of a fear of having a phobia of a fear of having a phobia phobia*

    ... did I say too much phobias

  • Chiffonia Chiffonia
    Chiffonia Chiffonia 9 days ago

    Yeah he's right in summer one night I didn't sleep and it was never dark outside(well completely dark)

  • Harry V. Stanford
    Harry V. Stanford 9 days ago

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  • vanleeuwenhoek
    vanleeuwenhoek 10 days ago

    Beyond good. Thank you .

  • Doodle Squad
    Doodle Squad 10 days ago +1

    The speed of dark is fish
    1 like?

  • marios aggourakis
    marios aggourakis 10 days ago

    Am I the only one that this video gets translated to greek?

  • Carlos Martínez Eleno

    4:43 Marronazo

  • Evo Immorales
    Evo Immorales 10 days ago

    Your supposed rule of information not traveling faster than light is false. The Aspect Experiment and the resulting instantaneous information transfer experiments prove Einstein's SR wrong.

  • Jimbo McGringus
    Jimbo McGringus 11 days ago

    1:24 ... Thats no finger Michael...

  • Chua Yeowhing2
    Chua Yeowhing2 11 days ago

    Never thought of this.

  • Paul Davenport
    Paul Davenport 12 days ago

    The speed of light is NOT the fastest thing possible in our "known" universe and is actually Extremely slow. If you still believe that...you just need to think.
    (Your thoughts just now traveled faster than light.)
    You may say, "Bull shit! Your thoughts can't be seen, heard or felt!" Really? Think about that.
    Your thoughts....can take you anywhere. Your thoughts.... can create anything.
    Just try to "think" what God's
    mind must be capable of.

  • Thomas Duda
    Thomas Duda 12 days ago

    So uh, whats the speed of dark?

  • Sean Allen
    Sean Allen 12 days ago

    The speed of darkness is the same speed as light

  • Dennis Cook
    Dennis Cook 12 days ago

    mind blown. something I been noodling for decades: Why a number line? Einstein proved space is curved... so why? I tried a number circle... got some math degreed peeps mad at me. It facilitates division by zero and infinity... and it gets rid of negative numbers which match physics (absolute zero and all)… but what about a number mobius strip which would cause all reality points to connect to each other...

  • Felix Ruiz :3
    Felix Ruiz :3 12 days ago

    *Ansem from Kingdom Hearts liked this video*

  • Andrzej Kot
    Andrzej Kot 12 days ago

    good stuff ! :)

  • Andrej Tomic
    Andrej Tomic 12 days ago

    I have a phobia that someone's always there

  • Low Key Sound System
    Low Key Sound System 12 days ago

    Since light can't escape a black hole does that mean the speed of darkness is greater than the speed of light there?

  • KingDave Durosier
    KingDave Durosier 12 days ago

    Night is not earths shadow falling on you. It’s just the absence of light in that region. It’s not like you’re on another planet and earth is blocking the sun rays from reaching you, thus casting a shadow but you can be on the object itself and still be shadowed by it.

  • Professor cat
    Professor cat 12 days ago

    "Faster than your mother" he say's. Vsauce replies with "Yes".

  • Dragon slayer
    Dragon slayer 12 days ago +1

    H E Y V S A U C E M I C H E A L H E R E

  • Chase Braley
    Chase Braley 12 days ago

    What is the speed of retard?
    The. Fear of opening your eye's can't be real right?

  • CosmicPinkk
    CosmicPinkk 12 days ago


  • 1TapStephen
    1TapStephen 12 days ago +3

    The speed of a shadow is just as fast as the speed of light, it needs to wait for the light from before to travel and disappear. Correct me if I’m wrong.

  • George Jenkins
    George Jenkins 13 days ago

    Get rid of the annoying music

  • Caden Mathews
    Caden Mathews 13 days ago

    False: PEMDAS

  • Ultimate Yee
    Ultimate Yee 13 days ago


  • Nancy Hey
    Nancy Hey 13 days ago

    I think this is why we need to use the word "endarkenment", to describe all of the things that we know we do not know anything about.

  • HamzaJP
    HamzaJP 13 days ago

    How you think that things

  • Flamme Des Phönix
    Flamme Des Phönix 13 days ago

    did you notice the Police 4:40

  • Avia Ethan
    Avia Ethan 13 days ago

    I’m watching this video in the dark right niw

  • training subscrip
    training subscrip 13 days ago

    dunning kruger effect = flat earthers.....

  • Edward Davey
    Edward Davey 14 days ago

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  • Seth Allton
    Seth Allton 14 days ago

    I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject (the ignorance portion) when compared to black holes and the edge of the universe with the expansion of it in mind. Since data can not be lost, is the expansion of the universe, when applying the assumption that the edge of the universe contains all of the data of the universe within, merely showing the growth of knowledge and learning of what's within the universe? And if so, what does that quantify a black hole to be with the absorption of said data? Please comment or message me directly if you need a longer, clearer, explanation of what I mean.
    Also, loved this video, defintley one of my favorites of yours! Keep doing your thing!

  • Rob Schmitt
    Rob Schmitt 14 days ago

    Yes. In June I can't make star photos because it becomes not 100% dark at night but with the normal eye you can't see a difference. Its very dark in summer. Berlin.

  • garrondumont
    garrondumont 14 days ago

    The idea that answers only lead to questions is something I think is really cool and want to incorporate in my fantasy book. They treat questions as hydras, as when one question is answered two more take its place.

  • TheRemixDenuo
    TheRemixDenuo 14 days ago

    1:05 - 1:45 But what if the photons are entangled?

  • PotBot
    PotBot 15 days ago

    speed of light is a rate of induction not a speed ---Missing Secret of the True Nature of Light. Rates of Induction. Anti-Relativity -->> thexvid.com/video/fz6NuEhv1U4/video.html

  • ThunderCatBass
    ThunderCatBass 15 days ago

    Dark is scary fast.

  • Crosby Shadung
    Crosby Shadung 15 days ago

    12:29 pretty sure this discredits all schools

  • Fabiano Industries
    Fabiano Industries 15 days ago +1

    I was a victim of the dunning kruger Effect so badly. So badly.

  • Gyambo Koj
    Gyambo Koj 15 days ago

    The light from sun takes 7 minutes to reach earth but if Venus/mercury block the shadow reach the earth quickly or what will happen?

  • Zoie Albers
    Zoie Albers 16 days ago +1

    Dark doesn’t exist, only absence of light exists. Just like cold doesn’t exist. It’s only absence of heat

    • Onion Pie
      Onion Pie 12 days ago

      Zoie Albers yeah I don’t know why people get confused.

  • No plz don't
    No plz don't 16 days ago

    Who else wants Vsauce as a science teacher...

  • Synthetic Vocalist
    Synthetic Vocalist 16 days ago

    The finger on the moon looks like a dick

  • ForestSakan
    ForestSakan 16 days ago

    Though provoking delivery

  • Abu S
    Abu S 16 days ago

    I have actophobia 🙋🏽‍♀️

  • Muhammad Hassaan
    Muhammad Hassaan 16 days ago

    There is no dark.... it is just the absence of light

  • Raider 158YT
    Raider 158YT 16 days ago

    Explain dark matter pls. (the speed) the one that makes the universe expand

  • atmospheric ;
    atmospheric ; 16 days ago

    1:14 issa swinging pp

    TRUESMASHFANBOY TV 17 days ago

    You lost me at 3:12

  • Richard Deese
    Richard Deese 17 days ago

    I was unaware that the given quote was by Einstein. I've heard a slightly different version, which I actually like better: "The farther I extend the radius of my knowledge, the more my circumference borders on ignorance." The effect you mentioned (Dunning-Kruger?) is REAL!!! Boy, oh boy, is it real. Ignorant people often hold the most untenable opinions, and they often hold them most tenaciously. However, as Frank Herbert pointed out, experts can run into their own problems; namely that of not believing there's much they DON'T know about their field(s). It often takes some young scientist to come along and say, "You old guys have it all wrong!" It's quite shocking when that turns out to be true! Such was the case a hundred years ago, when many scientists were sure there wasn't anything left to learn about physics. Oops. And that meteorologist who dared to tell all the geologists that the Earth's surface moves around? He was roundly lampooned, and died without seeing his finding vindicated. Not to mention poor Boltzmann. "Being an expert locks you up tight," one of Herbert's characters said, and boy, oh boy was she right. Rikki Tikki.

  • Cheetahpelt LPS
    Cheetahpelt LPS 17 days ago

    What would happen if you broke the light barrier?