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The majority of BACKLIGHT movies are produced in "slow light scenarios" similar to Gamow's classic "Mr Tompkins in Wonderland" - where the speed of light is reduced to a crawl. In our case, we adopt a velocity of 5ms-1.

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Flicker.mpg

 

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A flickering streetlight allows us to see the effects of time-delayed sight.

 

Flash.mpg

 

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A flash photograph produces an expanding shell of light, which we can see progress through the interior of a tram.

 

Onoff.mpg

 

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Switching a streetlamp on an off also results in an expanding pool of light, but when combined with time delay, the parts of the scene illuminated first are not the parts of the scene that we see first.

 

Tram_fast.mpg

 

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A tram passes by at 0.866c (4.3 ms-1).

 

Tram_through.mpg

 

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We go through the tram, and extreme distortion is observed.

 

Tram_bright.mpg

 

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Travelling with the tram at 0.9c (4.5 ms-1), we can see the extreme headlight effect.

 

Tram_Doppler.mpg

 

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Travelling with the tram at 0.1c (0.5 ms-1), we can see the Doppler effect, causing the green streetlamps to appear blue ahead of the tram, and red behind it.

 

Mercator.mpg

 

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Using a mercator projection to see all around us, we accelerate along a street.

29 / 9 / 1998

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27 / 9 / 1998

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