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Light Speed!
Light Speed! is an OpenGL-based program which illustrates the effects of special relativity on the appearance of moving objects. When an object accelerates past a few million meters per second, these effects begin to grow noticeable, becoming more and more pronounced as the speed of light is approached. These relativistic effects are viewpoint-dependent, and include shifts in length, object hue, brightness and shape. The moving object is, by default, a geometric lattice. 3D Studio and LightWave 3D objects may be imported as well. Best of all, the simulator is completely interactive, rendering the exotic distortions in real-time!


Download version 1.2-222 (stable)
released on 4 August 2003


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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
MPLJanet Casey31 August 2001

Leaders and contributors

Antony Searle Contributor
Richard G. Daniel Maintainer

Resources and communication

Audience Resource type URI
Bug Tracking,Developer,Support E-mail

Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite libtiff
Required to use OpenGL or Mesa 3D; GTK+ 1.0.1 or later
Required to build GtkGLArea
Weak prerequisite libpng

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 4 August 2003.


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