A spaceship is flying a distance of 5 light hours, for example from Earth to the planet Pluto. The speed can be regulated with the upper buttons.
The applet demonstrates that the clock in the spaceship goes more slowly than the two clocks of the system in which Earth and Pluto are motionless.
t' ... time indicated by the spaceship clock
t ... time indicated by the clocks of the Earth-Pluto-system
v ... speed of the spacecraft relatively to the system of Earth and Pluto
c ... speed of light
© Walter Fendt, November 15, 1997
Last modification: January 18, 2003
This applet is part of the Contemporary College Physics Simulation Library.