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"Note that Rindler observers with smaller constant x coordinate are accelerating

*harder*to keep up. This may seem surprising because in Newtonian physics, observers who maintain constant relative distance must share the

*same*acceleration. But in relativistic physics, we see that the trailing endpoint of a rod which is accelerated by some external force (parallel to its symmetry axis) must accelerate a bit harder than the leading endpoint, or else it must ultimately break.

**This is a manifestation of**

**Lorentz contraction**. As the rod accelerates its velocity increases and its length decreases. Since it is getting shorter, the back end must accelerate harder than the front. Another way to look at it is: the back end must achieve the same change in velocity in a shorter period of time. This leads to a differential equation showing that, at some distance, the acceleration of the trailing end diverges, resulting in the Rindler horizon."