View Full Version : Driving at the speed of light

2004-Jan-15, 02:47 PM
A fascinating, though so little understood (at least as far as Iīm concerned) property of space-time is the contraction of the field of view as you approach the speed of light. This will pose a challenge to future spacecraft builders. How can you make headway when every – blueshifted - photon (and particle) of the universe (even those at the rear) reaches you by the front? Your shield canīt fail for a second, else youīre history. Isnīt it amazing?

Also, I believe that a well informed comment on the subject would be appreciated by all of us. Anyone?

Iain Lambert
2004-Jan-15, 03:58 PM
One of the wonderful features of Special Relativity, though, means that if you're practically at the speed of light, your windscreen hasn't got to stay intact for terribly long...

Kaptain K
2004-Jan-15, 09:12 PM
At the speed of light, the journey is instataneous (subjectively).