The speed of light is, according to currently accepted science, “the maximum speed at which all matter and hence information in the universe can travel” (Wikipedia). That’s faster than fast for most of us here on earth: there is no way we will be getting close to that speed on a motorcycle, for example, or in a plane.
BoingBoing pointed me to a fantastic animation on Vimeo, that shockingly illustrates how slow the speed of light turns out to be on a cosmic scale: “Riding Light“.
This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system, from a human perspective.
This is what you reach after almost three quarters of an hour: the orbit of Jupiter.
That’s just “two blocks away” in terms of the solar system (Jupiter is the second planet beyond Earth, counting from the sun out). Also notice how the stars in the background hardly move once the first few minutes of traveling have passed. Humbling, is it not?