The appearance, apparent speed, and removal of optical effects for relativistically moving objects

  title={The appearance, apparent speed, and removal of optical effects for relativistically moving objects},
  author={Robert J. Deissler},
  journal={American Journal of Physics},
  • R. Deissler
  • Published 14 June 2005
  • Physics
  • American Journal of Physics
Because various parts of an object are different distances from an observer, and light takes a finite time to reach the observer, the appearance of a relativistically moving object will be very different from that given by the Lorentz contraction. We derive equations that can be applied to a photographic image so that the Lorentz contraction can still be observed. We also give equations that quantify the apparent deformation of the object and plots that show the apparent speed of the object as… Expand
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