As a consequence of the Lorentz transformations, time and space transform into each other when changing reference frame. This calls for a unified description: Minkowski spacetime.

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Special relativity, calculate velocity

Lets assume that a spaceship travels to a star 8 light-years away, in a time its crew considers to be 8 years. How do we calculate the speed of the ship? Is at as simple as saying: since the star is 8 ...
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According to some theories space is constantly expanding but at what granularity? [duplicate]

One idea from cosmology is that galaxies are all moving away from each other. Naively this could be taken to mean that they are expanding into something. Popularly this could be seen as them moving ...
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Space time diagrams and world lines

When you draw a space-time diagram and the associated world line for an object moving through space-time, the diagram will be dependent upon the reference frame you are observing from, right? Like for ...
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Distance in relativistic circular motion in invariant spacetime

I understand that the closer something travels to the speed of light, that time will stretch by a factor, and distance will compress by the same factor. My question is, if something travels in a ...
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Confusion in Special Relativity: Rotating frame of reference

Suppose we are observing a rotating frame from an inertial frame, free from gravity, and try to measure the circumference of a circle drawn in the rotating frame. Since our measuring rod would be ...
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Calculating propagation time along the path of a photon

In this paper $\tau(t) := \int_{t}^{t_d}ds$ is defined as "the propagation time between the detection time, $t_d$, and $t$, as incrementally measured by a set of local observers along the light path". ...
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Do gravitational waves exist at the quantum level?

Do gravitational waves exist at quantum level produced by electrons or by atoms or by molecules? If yes, which particle produces them and how are they produced? Spacetime exists at a quantum level ...
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Time dilation: linear or exponential or other?

As you near the speed of light, time slows for you relative to the world around you. So you would be traveling at more than one hour per hour. Is the rate of time slowing for you linear or exponential ...
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Gravity vs. Velocity time-dilation [duplicate]

Is there any difference in effects from time dilation of that due to gravity vs. that due to velocity?
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Is the curvature formed due to mass/volume of spactime convex or concave?

I am really confused about the curvature of space-time. Does it bends in a concave shape in presence of mass/volume as shown by the example of rubber sheet and ball or does it bends in a convex shape?
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Do things move towards each other in space?

I watched a video once explaining space-time curvature, and it said that one of the things that made Einstein think of it is because objects in free fall move radially inward, so two objects falling ...
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Difference between Distance and Space

So I take particle A and place it in space, then I place particle B 1,000,000 light years away from particle A. I strike a line between the two, and measure that line as having a length of 1,000,000 ...
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Outer Space & Universe Expansion: [duplicate]

Experts agree that the stuff within the universe is moving farther apart from all the other stuff in the universe--much like the dots marked on the outside of a balloon that is being inflated. We ...
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proper time interval

We have two frames s and s' , s' moves with a constant velocity 'v' with respect to s in positive x direction, a particle B is thrown downwards from s' , and it collides with a particle A , the point ...
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Is there an exact formal definition of the Universe?

I've read several articles about Observable universe, Universe and Hubble volume, including Wikipedia articles and other references. After this I wondered: Is there a formal, rigorous definition in ...
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Could time have tertiary directions?

This is a late night thought, but it seems interesting enough to ask: Has anyone considered the possibility that time might have more directions that forward and backward? Could time go sideways?
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Are fundamental particles just a trajectory in spacetime? [closed]

Long time ago Wheeler proposed an idea that there is only one electron, some kind of a closed(?) four dimensional knot in spacetime, and in one particular time we slice this knot with a plane and ...
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how to read the space time continuum plot

The space time continuum is shown a lot via a 3d plot with what looks like balls on a curved surface. How is it that all events in 4 dimensions can be drawn as just a curved surface? Is it because ...
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What are White Holes?

What are white holes? How do they affect spacetime? A black hole has extreme gravity which bends the spacetime fabric, but what does a white hole do? Also, what are they made of?
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How can a photon “stop”? What does its world line look like? [duplicate]

Einstein famously made a thought experiment: what would he see if he sat on a beam of light? His answer was -- it's impossible. Owing to him being a body with mass, he can never ever reach light speed ...
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Does the Michelson-Morley experiment disprove gravitational waves?

I may be misunderstanding gravitational waves, but doesn't the idea of a gravitational wave imply that spacetime is a field or "medium" through which waves propagate at speed $c$? Was not this idea ...
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Would the speed of an object keep increasing if it keeps falling infinitely? Please check details [closed]

Assuming "A" and "B" to be two wormholes (Einstein-Rosen Bridge) inside the Earth's atmosphere, and Warmhole B be the opening to Warmhole A, would the speed of an object keep increasing if it enters ...
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Is each succeeding dimension time? [closed]

I have been researching but I have found nothing on this topic (at least after basic google searching and some deeper searching on this site), I'm not sure if this is a common sense thing or it is ...
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Relative Time from a far place

I have read that whenever we see the sun we are seeing the sun as it was before 8 minutes ago. Meaning if the sun were to somehow go dark we would not know until 8 minutes after. Now I became ...
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What happens to the total volume of a chunk of space that is being sucked into a black hole?

Does it increased, decrease, or stay the same? Maybe it explodes to infinity... Here is a similar question: Do black holes have infinite areas and volumes? But it's different because it asks how to ...
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How can I vizualize and understand curved spaces in general relativity?

I'm taking a basic physics class and the teacher described space with a special table that has curves and black holes etc. He would throw a metal ball down onto it and the class would watch it circle ...
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It's a Hypothesis about the Beginning of the universe [closed]

Let's take a piece of paper and plot a couple of dots in it. If we shrink the paper infinitely, at some point it would reach a state of infinite density, that is; a Singularity. But even at that state,...
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Why should the Planck constant be a constant throughout all space?

Our value for the Planck constant $h$ can be found on experiments on Earth, but how do we know that the Planck constant doesn't change throughout space, for instance it depends weakly upon the ...
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3D-representation of space-time

When I read something about GR, I nearly always see some pictures that look like trampolines, like this one. I know that the curvature of space-time is described by the Riemann-Tensor $R$. I was ...
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Is there a geometric interpretation of the spacetime interval?

In Euclidean space, the invariant $s^2 = x^2+ y^2+ z^2$ is equal to the length square of the position vector $r$. This is easily understood and can be represented geometrically in a graph. On the ...
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The vacuum light speed: Is it really constant, i.e., independent of location in space-time?

I am by no means an expert in this field, however something puzzles me about the speed of light and the relativity of time and space (space-time). Is is universally acknowledged that the speed of ...
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Is space “real”, or is it some sort of accepted postulate?

What is space? It seems to be everywhere in the equations of physics, as some sort of postulate or hidden hypothesis. We also have a direct experience of it, but is it "real"? The fact that we ...
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Big Bang: Initial velocity of all matter in four dimensions? [closed]

Consider this hypothesis: Two objects A and B, are able to maintain their spatial distance. Object A is near a neutron star, and thus it clock is running at a different speed than object B, and both ...
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Minimum amount of space [duplicate]

I always believed that there were no limits in the world and then I learned that a minimum temperature exists, and maybe a maximum speed. And now I am wondering about the boundaries of the world. Is ...
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Is subspace a “real” theory? [closed]

Is subspace a "real" theory? by "real" l mean can it be derived from GR or some other stringy theory and did Einstein ever toy with subspace?
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Resources on the discreteness of space and time

Does anyone know any books or other sources of information on the discreteness of space and time? The only ones I've managed to find require graduate level physics knowledge, which sadly I do not ...
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How to prove that a spacetime is maximally symmetric?

In Carroll's book on general relativity ("Spacetime and Geometry"), I found the following remark: In two dimensions, finding that $R$ is a constant suffices to prove that the space is maximally ...
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Can space and time separately be curved?

How can I imagine curved time, if it is not a part of four dimensional spacetime? Similarly for space. What are the measurable, observable consequences of these two phenomena in a laboratory or in ...
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Naive visualization of space-time curvature

With only a limited knowledge of general relativity, I usually explain space-time curvature (to myself and others) thus: "If you throw a ball, it will move along a parabola. Initially its vertical ...
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Is spacetime absolute?

As I understand it Newton's Laws imply that space is relative, as the laws of physics are the same in all inertial frames and as such there is no way, even in principle, to distinguish a frame that is ...
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How does the expansion of the Universe affect Black Holes?

As know our Universe is expanding, which I have always visualised as some stretching of the metric of space-time, which "flattens" it. In the same time. our theoretical perception of Black Holes ...
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Why general relativity over other similar theories?

Since all theories where gravity is seen as a result of space curvature automatically satisfies the equivalence principle, why should one prefer GR over all other alternatives? Surely you can make the ...
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Better explanation of the common general relativity illustration (stretched sheet of fabric)

I've seen many science popularisation documentaries and read few books (obviously not being scientist myself). I am able to process and understand basic ideas behind most of these. However for general ...
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How energy curves spacetime?

We know through General Relativity (GR) that matter curves spacetime (ST) like a "ball curves a trampoline" but then how energy curves spacetime? Is it just like matter curvature of ST?
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Could this be a valid reason for why the universe could be infinite?

So, special relativity says that every frame is as good as any other frame, and there is no absolute frame of reference. All good. Suppose there is a finite universe (let's just assume the universe ...
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A model that predicts the universe is finite in space and time

A physics professor talked in the YouTube video Cosmological Constant & The End of the Universe - Sixty Symbols about a paper he and his colleagues published. The paper presents a model that ties ...
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Minkowski spacetime: Is there a signature (+,+,+,+)?

In history there was an attempt to reach (+, +, +, +) by replacing "ct" with "ict", still employed today in form of the "Wick rotation". Wick rotation supposes that time is imaginary. I wonder if ...
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Since the universe is expanding, does anything ever occupy the same point in space?

Let's say we can observe expansion in a supercluster. We define origin of our frame of reference at the center of the supercluster. We observe an object/atom at point A at time T. The object is ...
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Does String theory say that spacetime is not fundamental but should be considered an emergent phenomenon?

Does String theory say that spacetime is not fundamental but should be considered an emergent phenomenon? If so, can quantum mechanics describe the universe at high energies where there is no ...
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Can less gravity speed up time? [closed]

We know more gravity slows down time per Einsteins Theory of Relativity. However will a significantly less gravitational pull speed up time? Or is "our time" aka earth standard of time the fastest ...