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Light Speed! is an OpenGL-based program developed to illustrate the effects of special relativity on the appearance of moving objects. In particular, the program allows users to see the manner in which an object is distorted based upon the viewpoint from which it is observed.

In particular, Lorentz contraction, Doppler shift, the headlight effect, and optical aberration issues are highlighted at relativistic velocities.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
- Special Relativity
= Space Contraction
= Time Dilation
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
= Lecture/Presentation
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Metadata instance created June 21, 2008 by Lyle Barbato
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August 22, 2009 by Gregory Comer
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Daniel, Richard. Light Speed!. (accessed 22 January 2022).
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