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.