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What Traveling In Hyperspace Would Really Look Like

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You know when you’re watching Star Wars and the Millennium Falcon goes into hyperdrive (when it works, that is) to escape some nasty Imperial TIE Fighters, and then the stars turn into long white streaks and the Millennium Falcon flies away in a flash, to fight another day? According to British scientists and researchers, this is all wrong.

According to Space.com, a team of physics Masters students at the University of Leicester in England claim that hyperspace would actually resemble a brilliant, centralized glow of white light, rather than the elongated star-streaks seen in Star Wars and Star Trek. Thanks to the Doppler Effect, the stars’ light would shift out of our visible spectrum. Leicester student Joshua Argyle said in a statement, “The resultant effects we worked out were based on Einstein’s theory of Special Relativity, so while we may not be used to them in our daily lives, Han Solo and his crew should certainly understand its implications.”

Hyperspace

Either hyperspace or an oncoming train.

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NASA Is Working On Warp Drive Technology

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The gap between science fiction and science fact is getting smaller every day. Dr. Harold “Sonny” White of the Advanced Propulsion Theme Lead for the NASA Engineering Directorate and his team of engineers are currently working on building an actual warp drive. Yes, a warp drive like in Star Trek. The theoretical physics behind a warp drive are concrete and now NASA wants to try to build one.

So far, NASA’s ventures into space have been pretty conservative when considering a universal scale. We’ve been to the Moon and back, and we’ve sent a robot to Mars, but so far traveling beyond our own star system has seemed like a nigh impossible task. The amount of fuel needed for craft to reach even the nearest stars would be astronomical. It would also involve breaking the laws of physics in respect to going faster than the speed of light. But Dr. White may have found a loophole to help turn warp drive from flight of fancy to real possibility. His goal: “We want to go, really fast, while observing the 11th commandment: Thou shall not exceed the speed of light.”