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Travelling near the speed of light

Light travels through the vacuum space at 299.792,458 meters per second, or approximately 186,282 miles per second. According to Einstein’s theory of special relativity, this is also the maximum speed that energy or matter can travel in the vacuum of space. If you were in a spaceship traveling near the speed of light you would experience interesting effects as you traveled closer to the speed of light. One effect is called time dilation, where time slows down. Of course, from the perspective of moving near the speed of light, this effect of time would not be obvious until you were no longer moving near the speed of light. Another effect is a Doppler effect, where object moving towards you would have compressed light waves and appear to be blue-shifted, and objects moving away from you would have longer light waves and appear to  be red-shifted.  another effect of moving at or near the speed of light is that as you move towards and past objects, they become distorted and bend.

Now, I am no scientist, and this explanation on the effects of moving near the speed of light is very rudimentary at best. If this topic interest you as it does me, watch the video below which provides an accurate simulation of the effects of traveling at or near the speed of light. and then check out the links I have included below for more detailed and scientific information on special relativity and the effects of light speed.

 

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Wikipedia – Speed of Light

Wikipedia – Theory of Special Relativity

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