Astrophysics (index)

Relativistic Speed

(a good fraction of the speed of light)

Relativistic Speed is a speed at which the laws of relativity become significant, i.e., more than an insignificant fraction of the speed of light. Ultrarelativistic speed is a speed close to the speed of light. For example, 1/3 the speed of light could be considered relativistic and 9/10 the speed of light ultrarelativistic. Some of the theorizing of astrophysical phenomena is coming up with the means by which particles observed to be moving at relativistic or ultrarelativistic speed achieved that velocity.


Referenced by:
Cyclotron Radiation
Relativistic Beaming
Synchrotron Radiation