The Speed from Light Wavelength Shift calculator computes the relative speed of an object based on the shift in wavelength of the observed emitted light verses the normal (not shifted) wavelength of light emitted.
INSTRUCTIONS: Choose units and enter the following:
Relative Speed (v): The calculator returns the relative velocity in meters per second. However, this can be automatically converted to other velocity units via the pull-down menu.
For objects moving a speeds well below the speed of light there is a simple relationship between the speed of the object, the shift in the wavelength of the light emitted by the object, and the unshifted wavelength of the light (what the wavelength would be if the object were not moving). This equation computes that speed based on the other two numbers.
The formula for velocity based on light wavelength shift is:
v = (Δλ / λ) * c
The Astronomy Calculator Suite includes functions that are useful for studying astronomy and include the following: