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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Singularities size

Forgive my naive question as I have no background in physics just from amateur reading. In considering the question of a gravitational singularity, I have read that the smallest possible space that ...
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Why isn't the center of the galaxy “younger” than the outer parts?

I understand that time is relative for all but as I understand it, time flows at a slower rate for objects that are either moving faster or objects that are near larger masses than for those that are ...
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Infinite Universe and Big Bang

A common view now in the physics community is that the Universe is infinite in extent (which makes Hubble sphere an infinitely small part of the Universe). On the other hand, there is the Big Bang ...
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If time does not exist, what is the fourth dimension? [duplicate]

Time. What is time? A sun dial measures time. So, time is the measure of movement of the sun. Carbon Dating measures time. So, time is the measure of movement of carbon particles. Human growth ...
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Does the payload of an Alcubierre drive have to be on board during the preparation phase?

I was thinking about the practical aspect of using an Alcubierre drive, assuming one existed. I'm no expert, but my understanding is that, since the destination has to be in the forward light-cone of ...
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Is matter made up of spacetime? [on hold]

Is the smallest unit of matter made up of spacetime? I know in the Standard Model the smallest units of matter are quarks and leptons. But what if they all are spacetime in some more fundamental level ...
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How strong must gravity be to stretch time?

I'm not sure if this is true or not but I heard that gravity has the ability to stretch time, and I was wandering if this is true. If so, how intense/powerful does the gravitational force have to be ...
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Our Universe Can't be Looped? [duplicate]

With reference to the Twin-Paradox (I am new with this), now information of who has actually aged comes from the fact that one of the twins felt some acceleration. So if universe was like a loop, and ...
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Twin Paradox speed of light

Twin Paradox Can anyone clarify and or correct the following for me? A space ship is flying at speed v equal to 0.8 times the speed of light. Within the ship are three stations, a transmitter at ...
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Twin Paradox Without Acceleration

So I've been doing a lot of reading about the twin paradox and have encountered several different explanations that strive to resolve it. First off let me start by saying general relativity is not an ...
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Gravitational time dilation in changing curved space time

Imagine a portion of spacetime which is changing its spacetime curvature because of an object with great mass travelling nearby. For instance, before it was flatter, and after the object passes it ...
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Does spacetime have a “preferred” speed/metric? [duplicate]

I read recently that spacetime has a preferred speed, c, and that all observers would agree on the speed of anything moving at c. In particular, there is nothing unique about light when talking about ...
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Empty Space - Could we exist without it? [on hold]

I have been giving empty space much thought. I imagined reaching the edge of the Universe and thought of 2 scenarios(focusing on 1): There is no more empty space 1.1 Would space extend with me if ...
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Curvature gravity and a falling apple? [duplicate]

I know very little of physics after Einstein. I am aware of that Einstein's gravity theory says that the existence of matters creates curvature of a space-time, so that our Earth orbits our Sun. I ...
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What does it mean for objects to follow the curvature of space?

In science documentaries that touch on general relativity, it is often said that gravitational pull isn't an actual a pull (as described by classical physics), but rather one body travelling in a ...
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What it would look like to observe people with a different time flows?

As I learned, that the bigger gravity source you are influenced by the more slow time ticks for you, the farther away you are from a gravity source the faster times ticks. So Imagine two different ...
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Is light amplitude spacial?

In diagrams I often see light waves depicted as little sine waves that travel through space. And often when describing polarizers, the explainer will angle their hand to show the angle of ...
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According to General Relativity, Does The Past “Exist”?

I'm curious about just what is meant by time being another dimension, like the three (observable) spatial dimensions. Does this imply, according to General Relativity, that the past and the future ...
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Mass without Matter?

My cursory studies of general relativity had introduced me to the concept of how gravity is associated with the warping of spacetime and that the presence of matter in space warps space and this ...
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Gravity - What if objects in 4 dimensional space are attracted to each other simply because they are attractive [closed]

What if objects in 3 dimensional space are attracted to each other, just because they are attracted to each other, the object that produces the most energy attracts other objects of lesser energy ...
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Can spacetime be non-orientable?

This question asks what constraints there are on the global topology of spacetime from the Einstein equations. It seems to me the quotient of any global solution can in turn be a global solution. In ...
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Is a metric tensor field the same thing as $ds² = -dt² + dx²+ dy² + dz²$?

I am having trouble understanding the nature of the metric tensor field on spacetime manifolds. In particular, a Riemannian manifold $(M,g)$ is defined as a real smooth manifold $M$ equipped with an ...
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What's the third axis inside a 3D blackhole's event horizon? [closed]

As far as I know, we are living inside a 4D blackhole's event horizon, and that is a 3D universe with a temporal 4th axis, which is time, we are a 3D space moving along the time axis. So, 3D ...
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How do we expect distance measurements to compare inside and outside the event horizon of a black hole?

I've read that as one approaches the event horizon of a black hole, time is dilated relative to time measured farther away from the event horizon (clocks tick slower near the event horizon). I've ...
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Does a spacetime manifold have the structure of a metric space?

My first introduction to spacetime physics was Wheeler and Taylor's book Spacetime Physics. This book gave me an appreciation for how important the spacetime interval was for giving the distortions to ...
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General relativity: is curvature of spacetime really required or just a convenient representation?

I'm not really far into the general theory of relativity but already have an important question: are there formulations that can do without spacetime curvature and describe the general theory of ...
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How does a rotating object cause frame dragging?

Frame dragging is a consequence of general relativity. But I don't really understand it. Of course I can find metaphors like the "honey metaphor" where stirring a honey can move the specks even if ...
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Is space-time a property of mass?

Imagine looking at a quasar millions of light years away. From your perspective, a photon emitted by the quasar has spent millions of years travelling through space, and its trajectory has been ...
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If the observable universe were compressed into a super massive black hole, how big would it be?

I understand only a little of general relativity, but that's why I'm here! :) Consider the hypothetical situation of some extra-terrestrial intelligence pushing all the mass in the observable ...
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Time Dilation at zero velocity (and zero gravity)

From what I've learned, the more an object travels closer and closer to the speed of light, the more time will slow down for that object.. at least from an outside perspective.. It was shown that ...
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Is a non-accelerating object far from a gravity source moving at the speed of light through time?

I'm trying to understand the Minkowski spacetime better. If an object is not undergoing acceleration, and is far from any large mass, does it travel maximally "fast" through time? Can we calculate a ...
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Curvature of spacetime as a real thing?

I get the curvature tensor in General Relativity, it is “just” math. Does space-time REALLY curves as a tangible thing, or is Einstein proposing a mathematical abstraction? More naively, please ...
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Expanding possibilities

How does the nature of space-time and how we are able to interact within it relate to the expansion of space? If Space expansion ceased to be a constant would a body of mass still be able to change ...
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space time geometry around two black holes

For space-time geometry we all know images like he one below. But if I were to take a neutron star and put it right next to but not touching a black hole what effect would that have on the geometry of ...
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Is space stretched with no limits by a black hole?

Some depictions of black holes show space being warped into a singularity, with no end, e.g. as below. Moreover, in Cosmos, Neil Tyson speculates with the possibility that Black Holes contain other ...
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What is our location relative to the Big Bang?

Given what we know about space, time and the movement of galaxies, have we or can we determine what our position is in relation to the projected location of the Big Bang? I've read some introductory ...
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Time coordinate inside black hole horizon [duplicate]

I am new to physics and was trying to learn more especially about general relativity. The Schwarzschild metric, changes the sign of the time and radial parts of the metric once we cross the event ...
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Is the surface of a heavy sphere bigger than $4 \pi r^2$ due to general relativity?

I am unfortunately not familiar with the mathematics behind general relativity. However, on a heavy planet (say a sphere) gravity will bend space-time in a way that an object initially in rest, will ...
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How do we presently understand time?

How do we presently understand time? Can a second be related directly to physical phenomena? What is a second really? Why are we sure that time is linear?
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What is the relativistic calculation of travel time to Proxima Centauri?

It has already been asked here how fast a probe would have to travel to reach Alpha Centauri within 60 years. NASA has done some research into a probe that would take 100 years to make the trip. But ...
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What happens to black holes if/when the universe “ends”

I've heard several ideas about what happens to the universe when it dies, and they range from infinite expansion and heat death, to a "big crunch". In the event that something like a "big crunch" ...
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Are a black hole really connecting 2 parallel universe?

What is beyond the point of singularity in a black hole and universe expands in all the 3 $x$, $y$ and $z$ axis? So how can one thing be on top of another when we don't know where the end point of ...
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Surely space-time Curvature does not explain gravity, it just describe its effects?

In special relativity co-moving objects see the other's 4-velocity as being only temporal. When they move relative to each other they see the other's 4-velocity has rotated so that it points less in ...
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How exactly does curved space-time describe the force of gravity?

I understand that people explain (in layman's terms at least) that the presence of mass "warps" space-time geometry, and this causes gravity. I have also of course heard the analogy of a blanket or ...
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Does the curvature of spacetime theory assume gravity?

Whenever I read about the curvature of spacetime as an explanation for gravity, I see pictures of a sheet (spacetime) with various masses indenting the sheet to form "gravity wells." Objects which are ...
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What logic did Newton give in support of using relative spatial measurements? [closed]

The crux of space-time is that it is one thing to have abstract concepts of absolute space & time,and it is other thing to describe the actual motion of an object in terms of measured changes of ...
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Complex numbers in quantum mechanics and in special relativity

Is there a physical relation between the use of complex numbers for the wavefunction in (non-relativistic) quantum mechanics and in special relativity (as formulated in the setting of Minkowski ...
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If space warps distort moving objects' trajectories, does it mean that static objects are immune to gravity? [closed]

If gravity is just space distortion, which affects trajectories of moving objects, then a static object (not moving, thus no trajectory) will not suffer any type of accelerating force from gravity? ...
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Why don't we define absolute coordinates?

Why don't we chose a random point in the void present between galaxy clusters and define it as the absolute origin? I know that rest is not absolute and that space expands, but we can easily keep ...
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Energy Required to Rip Spacetime

I have heard that the presence of an extremely strong gravitational field possesses the capacity to warp or tear spacetime and to potentially create a wormhole. Is any energy lost when spacetime is ...