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Object With Mass Approaching 'c' Would Seem To Disappear...

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Posted by nåte/">nåte on October 26, 1998 02:11:26 UTC

why? because of the law of "conservation of energy"

If time dilated for the object approaching light speed, then the time period between the emission of photons would increase exponentially; directly related to the objects velocity.

therfore, the objects luminousity would become infinitely 'dim', if the velocity became infinitely close to 'c'.

This also explains length contraction. Think about this for a moment...

While observing an object become infinitely close to the speed of light, say... .99998c. Another interresting phenomenon takes place. The length of the object in the direction of its movement becomes contracted. But not only this! The reason behind this is because the objects 'apparent' velocity slows down! It seems wierd, but it is true! As the object travels faster and faster, it is observed to slow down at a factor related to its apparent length that has been contracted.

For instance. say the object is 10" in length at rest, and then as it accelerates to say, .9998c. By the amount the object seems to slow down, the same factor applies to its length. Say for instance it seems to slow down ½ its actual velocity. It will then also appear to become ½ as long.

quite an amazing phenomenon.

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