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How fast do radio waves travel?

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Radio waves travel at a velocity that is equal to the speed of light traveling in a vacuum, which is 186,282 miles per second. Top speed is only possible in empty space; passing through transparent liquids and solids like crystals cause waves to bend, which slows down their speed.

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The unit that measures radio waves, hertz, was named after Heinrich Hertz, who first proved the existence and speed of radio waves. Hertz also proved that radio waves are actually a form of light. Albert Einstein and other scientists have established that nothing with mass can travel as fast as light speed, but light and sound waves sometimes travel slower.

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