Visualization of Four-Dimensional Spacetimes
Visualization of the Warp Drive
video visualizes a spaceship
equipped with a warp drive according to
Alcubierre, cf. Sect. 9.4 of the
The warp drive constructs a warp bubble which separates
two flat parts of spacetime. The warp bubble is able to
move faster than the speed of light as measured in an
outside flat region of spacetime. A spaceship which is at rest
inside the warp bubble would then travel faster than the speed
The visual appearance of the spaceship and the background
objects is calculated by using general relativistic ray tracing.
In this video,
the spaceship travels in front of the earth and moon,
Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn, at velocities of 0.8c, 1.5c, or 2.5c.
The light deflection at the warp bubble causes
astonishing visual distortions on these background objects.
The visualizations of this video were also shown
at the exhibition Seven Hills.
Length: 1:07 min