Wednesday, January 23, 2013

What Would We See During Hyperspace Travel?

What one would see during light speed travel. Source

It has become iconic in science fiction, the image of stars streaming past, becoming extended lines of light as a traveller approaches, or even exceeds, light speed. A group of students from the University of Leicester has shattered this common place image, however. By applying the laws of relativity, they have shown that an observer on a craft approaching the speed of light would not see stars streaming by, instead they would see a dull glow as the doppler effect shifted the universe's Cosmic Background into visible light. The light from stars would be streaming in so fast that it would become X-ray radiation from the travelers perspective, and therefore you wouldn't even see the stars.
To read more, check out this article.

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