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speed of the light emitted from a fast moving object [duplicate]

Would not speed of the light emitted from the front of the fast moving object be the speed of light + the speed of the fast moving object?
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How can travelling at light speed affect light itself? [duplicate]

~Hypothetical Scenario: Your driving in a car (with the headlights on high beam) and you gradually get faster until you reach the speed of light. Raised Assumptions: You can see in and out of the ...
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Driving car with (almost) the speed of the light and switch the headlights on [duplicate]

I'm curious what will happen if we 'drive' a car with (almost) the speed of light, and all of sudden we switch the car headlights on? Will the car headlights ray have double speed (speed of 600.000km/...
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Will relative velocity of light exceed $c$? [duplicate]

Suppose I'm standing a few light minutes away from a light emitting object, as soon as the light is turned on, I project myself towards the object with some speed. Will the relative velocity of my ...
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Special theory of relativity - relative movement [duplicate]

If Mr. Einstein traveled at 99.99999999% speed of light in one direction and shined light backward, would the photon hang static in the air? Traveling speed of light away from its source that travels ...
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Scenario of Crossing the speed limit of our Universe [duplicate]

One of Important conclusions of Einstein's Theory of Relativity is that we cannot cross or break the speed limit set by the laws of physics that is the speed of causality consider this scenario: ...
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What is the speed photons coming out from headlights of a car running 100 km/h? [duplicate]

And, technically, would the color of the light change at different car speeds?
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Vector addition in speeds close to that of light [duplicate]

I've been studying special relativity and found a problem (at least for my limited knowledge): There's a car inside a train that is moving at speed $V_t$, for $V_t = 0.5c$. Once the car accelerates ...
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Concequences of the speed of light beeing absolute? [duplicate]

If photons have a speed limit (speed of light), what happens when you shoot photons through a flashlight but you yourself already have some speed? Do the photons from the flashlight only travel at [...
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Turning on headlights near light speed [duplicate]

If i turn headlights on in a car at v = 0.99*c, will the headlight speed be 0.01*c? I know speed of light is always the same but it really confuses me? My question is, does space contract so much at ...
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Speed of light, can it be not constant? [duplicate]

What if we switch on a flashlight while travelling at the speed of light (we are travelling in vacuum, in a straight path)? What will happen and what will be the speed of light from the flashlight? ...
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Why not double speed of light? [duplicate]

Well, the speed of light seems to be constant for some reason, but what if in a void, just what if, a light beam is shot out of a light beam before it hits a medium, why the hell doesn't the second ...
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Is the speed of light greater if traveling at an initial velocity greater than zero? [duplicate]

I'm reading "a brief history of time" and he states "the speed of light should be the same whatever the speed of the source, and this has been confirmed," (24). Why is it not increased if it has an ...
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If I run along the aisle of a bus traveling at (almost) the speed of light, can I travel faster than the speed of light?

Let's say I fire a bus through space at (almost) the speed of light in vacuum. If I'm inside the bus (sitting on the back seat) and I run up the aisle of the bus toward the front, does that mean I'm ...
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Special Relativity, 2nd Postulate — Why? [duplicate]

As a lowly physics undergrad who has been chewing on this 2nd postulate of special relativity for a year or more, I simply can't wrap my head around reasons why it is true or how Einstein might have ...

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