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published by the WGBH Educational Foundation
This NOVA website simulates travel to distant stars and back in a spaceship that can move at various percentages of the speed of light. You set the spaceship speed and choose your destination star, and the simulation calculates the time of travel as measured on Earth and inside the spaceship. Text describes the "twin paradox" of the theory of relativity and also the 1971 test of its prediction using airliners and atomic clocks.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
- Special Relativity
= Time Dilation
- Informal Education
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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- application/shockwave
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Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2010 WGBH Educational Foundation
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Keywords: Relativity, twin paradox
Record Creator: Metadata instance created October 15, 2011 by Ed Lee
Record Updated: Oct 15, 2011 by Ed Lee
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when Cataloged:
January 3, 2010
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(WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, 2010), WWW Document, (
Time Traveler (WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston, 2010), <>.
APA Format
Time Traveler. (2010, January 3). Retrieved June 17, 2024, from WGBH Educational Foundation:
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WGBH Educational Foundation. Time Traveler. Boston: WGBH Educational Foundation, January 3, 2010. (accessed 17 June 2024).
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Time Traveler. Boston: WGBH Educational Foundation, 2010. 3 Jan. 2010. 17 June 2024 <>.
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@misc{ Title = {Time Traveler}, Publisher = {WGBH Educational Foundation}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {17 June 2024}, Month = {January 3, 2010}, Year = {2010} }
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