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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Image Credit: Flickr – royaltyfreeimages
Source: New Scientist

42 comments

W. C
W. C3 months ago

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William C
William C3 months ago

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Chris G.
.2 years ago

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Paul C.
Paul Czerner6 years ago

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

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Maarja L.
Maarja L6 years ago

Whoa.

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Roger Monk
Past Member 6 years ago

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

Thanks for letting us see it.

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Marilyn L.
Marilyn L6 years ago

Cool. Thanks

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Morgana Washington

What a wonderful ride!!!

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Douglas S.
Douglas S6 years ago

Thanks

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Kamryn M.
Kay M6 years ago

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