Light travels at a constant speed of 299,702,458 meters per second (186,282 miles per second). That’s equal to more than 670 million mph (1.08 billion km/hr). So the distance light travels in a year is known as the light-year, and it’s equivalent to 5.88 trillion miles (9.46 trillion km).
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