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Tour The Solar System At Near-Light Speed [Video]

Tour The Solar System At Near-Light Speed [Video]

When you think of the solar system, what do you envision?

Do you see the blue and green marble that is Earth, our home planet, suspended in space? The redness of Mars? Jupiter’s paisley rings? All set against the stark black and white background of long-dead stars and empty space?

According to the weird effects predicted by Einstein’s special theory of relativity, dashing through the solar system at the speed of light would probably evade all of these expectations.

In the animation below, created by physicist Paul Altin from the Australian National University, you can experience the strange distortions of this theory first hand.

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Source: New Scientist

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8:36AM PST on Dec 7, 2011

Near light speed? That's way past light speed. It takes HOURS for light to go across the solar system.

2:43PM PST on Nov 22, 2011

Whoa.

3:53AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Well, that's really good. Don't pretend to understand all the science, but enjoyed the ride anyway.

Thanks for letting us see it.

3:46PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Cool. Thanks

9:28AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

What a wonderful ride!!!

8:24AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Thanks

7:33AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

thanks

7:31AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

thanks.

7:26AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Really cool! I loved it. Thanks.

4:37AM PST on Nov 16, 2011

thanks

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