Example of Special Relativity?

Is there any basic example of the theory of special relativity that is fairly easy to understand? I am a little confused on the concept.

Thanks in advance, any help is greatly appreciated.

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  • Anonymous
    7 years ago

    Muons have a finite lifetime, and this lifetime (at rest) is well known.

    Muons have a charge and are easy to detect.

    We have measured muons produced when particles the Sun produces, strike our upper atmosphere. They "should not" survive in the numbers they do, to reach the surface of Earth, at the speed we measure for them (at lots of different altitudes).

    We see their lifetime dilated, so they live long enough.

    They would see our atmosphere contracted, so they reach Earth's surface.

    http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hbase/relativ...

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