There’s only light at the end of the tunnel for warp speed travellers

Wednesday, 23 January, 2013

It sounds like the view out the window during a light-speed jaunt through space, wouldn’t be much to write home about, say a group of University of Leicester students:

The fourth year physics students – Riley Connors, Katie Dexter, Joshua Argyle, and Cameron Scoular – say that the crew wouldn’t see star lines stretching out past the ship during the jump to hyperspace, but would actually see a central disc of bright light. This is due to the Doppler effect, specifically the Doppler blue shift, that results in the wavelength of electromagnetic radiation, including visible light, shortening as the source of the light moves towards the observer.

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