Doppler principleDoppler's principle


Doppler principleDoppler's principle
Doppler principle, Doppler's principle /dopˈlər(z) prinˈsi-pl/
The law of change of wave frequency (Doppler effect or shift) when a source of vibrations is moving towards or from the observer, explaining the fall of pitch of a railway whistle when the engine passes, and enabling astronomers to measure the radial velocity of stars by the displacement of known lines of the spectrum
ORIGIN: From Christian Doppler (1803–53), Austrian physicist, who announced it in 1842

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