What would it look like to you if a car passed you at nearly light speed?
This incredible experiment can be simulated with your computer!
(very high) velocity things happen that are not obvious
at first thought. The best known effect is the Doppler
Another effect is the
Lorenz contraction. A fast moving object looks squeezed
in the direction it moves in. This contraction increases
with an increase in velocity. For a fast moving visitor
the surrounding looks contracted.
The frontlight effect causes a lighter or darker appearance of the object depending on the direction you are looking. The brightness changes because the object moves nearly as fast as the light.
Maybe the most unknown but very impressive effect is the optical aberration of an object. This causes a rotation and distortion of the object and it can be possible to see more objects than usual.
This is the way a cubic
looks different with 0.995c:
Lightspeed simulates all these effects in
real-time using imported objects saved in the 3ds
(3D-studio) format. A cubic with its 12 connections and 8
balls (one in each corner) has already been included.
Many more objects can be downloaded at the author's homepage like a Chevy or a Hover. These
objects have many polygons and need much more time for
calculation to show a smooth slideshow.
This is a very nice program that invites you to play with its many options.