Friday, February 06, 2015

Riding Light: Trip Through the Solar System

I came across this video that gives an impression of the vastness of space, in
just a part of our own solar system.

It's called Riding Light, and it is a simulation of traveling from the surface of the Sun out to the largest planet, Jupiter.

The video simulates traveling at the speed of light (without relativistic effects) in real time, so it takes eight minutes to reach the Earth.

The whole video is 45 minutes long, which is how long it would take to travel from the Sun to Jupiter, at the speed of light.

This gives us an idea why moving humans across interstellar distances poses such a problem with conventional technology.

Until we develop warp drive or some other propulsion that bypasses the limits of relativity theory, even getting to planets beyond Mars is a difficult proposition.

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