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Light Speed!

Light Speed! is a program developed at MIT to simulate the effects of special relativity on the appearance of moving objects. When an object accelerates past a few million meters per second, these effects begin to grow noticeable, and as c is approached-- the ultimate speed limit of 299,792,458 m/s-- they become very pronounced indeed.

Specifically, these effects are:

  1. The Lorentz contraction - causing the object to appear shorter
  2. The Doppler red/blue shift - altering the hues of color observed
  3. The headlight effect - brightening or darkening the object
  4. Optical aberration - deforming the object in bizarre ways

Current Version:   1.2

License Type:   MozPL

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Source Code Availability:   Yes

Available Binary Packages:

  • Debian Package:   No
  • RedHat RPM Package:   Yes, from Home Site
  • Other Packages:   Yes, from Home Site

Targeted Platforms:

UNIX/X11 (SGI IRIX, Sun Solaris, Linux)

Software/Hardware Requirements:

GTK+, Mesa3D to compile or run

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