Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The ball is round!

The first thing we learn in a course of relativity is the relativistic length contraction effect for moving objects relative to an observer. However, what one would actually see is a different thing ! because another important effect must be considered; the time required for the light to arrive from the different points of the observed object to our eyes. The combined effect of the Lorentz contraction along with the time delay was investigated reaching to curious results. For example, a relativistic ball remains with a round appearance!, as discussed by Penrose in the following paper


A nice visulaization can be found at


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