Finding the Speed of Light with Peeps

Shout out to Mary Wever for digging this gem out from the NPR Skunk Bear archives! For those that aren’t familiar with the series, Skunk Bear is the Web 2.0 parallel of Science Friday. It mixes humor, education, playfulness, and a health dose of Youtube-esque tropes to help viewers understand complex science topics….like figuring out the speed of light.

For a lot of seasoned science nerds, they probably already know the science behind the demonstration; microwaves operate at a particular frequency, which allows anyone to “nuke” a plate of marshmallowy peeps, measure the locations of the “hot spots” and then do some simple math to figure out how quickly light travels inside your microwave….and everywhere else in the universe since it’s a constant.

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