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Bill93

Benchmarks and the speed of light

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An interesting thread (and links) on the professional forum talks about Michelson's measurement of the speed of light in the 1920's and the assistance the US C&GS gave him.  They ran a very long baseline to better accuracy than I can imagine, and triangulated to marks on two mountains.  Michelson sent light from one to a mirror on the other and measured the round-trip travel time.

https://rplstoday.com/community/threads/best-tool-for-calculating-distance-between-two-points-over-very-different-epochs.332509

 

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And now thanks to men like Michelson if we want to know the distance we bounce a laser beam back and forth and measure the round trip travel time.

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