Astronomical flashes can create transient light-echo pair phenomena that have never yet been seen but might result in useful information, if found. Toward this end, it is first proven that all light-echo spots are intrinsically superluminal. The radial component of spot speeds toward an observer, however, may be subluminal, and spot pair creation and annihilation events will be observable, in theory, when spots cross the radial superluminal speed boundary. If found, these light-echo pairs could connect angular speeds to spatial speeds, which in turn could result in the recovery of absolute sizes, three-dimensional spatial orientations, and distances to astronomical objects. A hypothetical example is given.
American Astronomical Society Meeting Abstracts #227
- Pub Date:
- January 2016