A6_3 It's a Flat World!

William Schulz, Patrick Doyle, Jonathan Heaps, Eden Minnis


A phenomenon in the field of Special Relativity is the Lorentz-FitzGerald Contraction, or Length Contraction, where objects appear shorter than they actually are when approaching them at a fraction of the speed of light. The aim of this paper was to determine the minimum velocity required to perceive the Earth as being flat. With the use of Lorentz transformations, a minimum velocity of over 0.99 times of the speed of light, was obtained, assuming the observed width of the Earth was 40 km (the thickness of its crust).

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