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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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Gravitational Time Dilation vs Acceleration Time Dilation

I might be a little dense to this subject, but I would like to ask a question relating to this one ( Is gravitational time dilation different from other forms of time dilation? ) but asking if this ...
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How do I describe the order of events in spacetime?

In Newtonian mechanics, we have 3-space and time. Time allows us to order events. For example, I hold a ball in the air at time $t_0$. Then I drop it at some later time $t_1 > t_0$. Finally it hits ...
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Curved Space - curved into what? [duplicate]

When Einstein said that massive objects curve space, what is it curved into? Another dimension that we cannot perceive?
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Does mass compress space-time?

My understanding of relativity explains that the presence of mass warps space-time so that light travelling through the warp follows at straight line but the warp itself is curved and therefore the ...
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Does gravity cause the gravity of another mass to curve?

For example say star 1 is at position x, however star 2 causes gravitational lensing on star 1's light that is traveling toward you and you now see star 1 at position y. Will star 1's gravity move you ...
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Is spacetime flat inside a spherical shell?

In a perfectly symmetrical spherical hollow shell, there is a null net gravitational force according to Newton, since in his theory the force is exactly inversely proportional to the square of the ...
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Does the universe expand in every direction evenly? [duplicate]

I've heard that the universe is expanding constantly and that galaxies are moving further and further away from each other because of this. However, does the universe expand in every direction evenly ...
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About time and time dilation [closed]

This question is related to this answer of John Rennie. He says: The length of the red line is the same in both figure 1 and figure 2 I guess his meaning of red line is the space-time distance ...
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Is there energy output when mass moves between two spacetimes [on hold]

Is there energy output when mass $m$ moves between two spacetimes? Say, it starts in a flat spacetime and then falls into a black hole (other examples don't come to mind, but this doesn't mean they ...
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How do we know singularities/black holes actually bend time?

Recently I read up on some articles about singularities / black holes, how they form and how they affect their surroundings. Just to clarify, I am no physicist and I found those articles on the ...
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Watching a live stream in spaceship traveling away from earth close to speed of light

My name is Dennis. This might sound just straight up ignorant of basic concepts of physics. I was having a conversation with my friend in regards to streaming a live event on earth to a spaceship ...
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Why is the possibility of the universe having a centre around which everything orbits not considered feasible?

I'm sure there is some kind of reason as to why this isn't considered as a legitimate theory but upon giving it though it seemed to make sense to me. I figure if all gravitational orbits are ...
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Chasing someone who has fallen into a black hole

Assume that my friend and I decided to explore a black hole. I parked the spaceship in a circular orbit safely away from the horizon. He puts on his spacesuit with a jet pack and carefully travels ...
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How can the size of the universe change over time when time is part of the universe?

Bit of an awkward way to phrase it, but basically: Time in relativity is just one of four dimensions of space-time. Nothing really special about it. Yet the universe was once smaller than it is now ...
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The expansion of the universe and its edge

I have understood that the universe is expanding at an accelerated rate. I have also thought, perhaps mistakenly, that this expansion means not that the masses in the universe are moving away from ...
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GR says that time and space are aspects of the same thing, yet there is no observable for time in QM

I understand that the topic of a time operator in quantum mechanics has come up more than a few times so forgive me if this is a repeat question but I couldn't find anything specific to my question. ...
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Is the Universe infinite or it's just expanding to infinity?

According to the WMAP data in the past years we can say that our universe is considered flat or at least nearly flat and we also know that flat universe is allowed to be both infinite or finite in ...
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How does critical density affect the expansion of the universe if gravity is the curvature of space-time?

From what I know there are three scenarios about the end and expansion of the universe that all depend on the concept of critical density: If the matter of our universe is above critical density, ...
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Visualizing GR spacetime distortion in 1+1D spacetime instead of 2D space

Usually spacetime distortion due to mass in GR is visualized as a rubber sheet distorted under some massive object, like this: source or as shown in this link. But what has always bothered me is ...
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If something is not moving in space, is it moving on the time axis at the speed of light? [duplicate]

I heard this theory yesterday: If something is not moving in space, then it is moving on the time axis at the speed of light. I realize that in essence there is no object which can be considered as "...
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What is the measure of distance in higher dimensions?

In our world we are using kilometers to measure distance. What measurement is used to measure distance in higher dimensions?
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Gravity of Masses in 4-D [closed]

I have developed a fairly stable understanding of the curvature of spacetime caused by a massive object (meaning with mass, not necessarily a lot of mass), though I have been wondering about a new ...
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Would order 1AU metric expansion of space begin if the solar system were not inside a galaxy?

In this question I describe the >30 years of laser ranging between lasers on Earth and the retroreflector arrays on the Moon. Amazingly, after comparing this data to simulation of all of the orbital ...
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Have scientists ever experimentally proved the Andromeda paradox-like events? [closed]

We all know that a light year is of the order of 1016 metres and all the objects in the space are beyond a light year. So the Andromeda paradox should give considerable difference in time while ...
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Killing Horizon for a space-time metric

How many Killing Horizon (KH) are possible for a particular S.T. metric. Because there is a surface gravity associated to each KH, which is constant over KH surface. Do a Black Hole have many surface ...
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Frames of reference vs Coordinate systems and the meaning of “inertial” [closed]

Wikipedia provides the following definition for inertial frames:(the reference given is to Landau's Mechanics book) In physics, an inertial frame of reference (also inertial reference frame or ...
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Is any physical quantity continuous? [closed]

As the title says: "Is any physical quantity continuous?"
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Why not $\rho^{2}=T^{\mu\nu}T_{\mu\nu}$ as an effective mass density (squared ) in general relativity?

Why not $\rho^{2}=T^{\mu\nu}T_{\mu\nu}$ as an effective mass density (squared) in general relativity? It's covariant, and as far as I can tell is zero for any electromagnetic field tensor. \begin{...
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If particles are points, then aren't atoms empty space?

Zero dimensional points do not take up space, so then wouldn't everything in the universe be literally empty? Or is there something that I'm missing?
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If a point r lies in the boundary of the chronological future of another point p, why does the chronological future of r belong to that of p?

I am studying the global causality of the spacetime. Here, I come across a problem. Suppose a point $r\in \partial I^+(p)$. $I^+(p)$ is the chronological future of a different point $p$ in spacetime....
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If the universe stopped expanding, when would we realize it?

Suppose in this moment the universe stopped expanding, how long would if take and how would we register the change? Since the bodies are still and it is space that is expanding in between, we wouldn'...
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Flat Universe and Evolving Geometry [duplicate]

I have heard in multiple locations that in the case of a flat universe, the universe is infinite. This seems to present multiple issues: a) If a flat universe were infinite, would would the space of ...
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What is “a general covariant formulation of newtonian mechanics”?

I am a little confused: I read that there are general covariant formulations of Newtonian mechanics (e.g. here). I always thought: 1) A theory is covariant with respect to a group of transformations ...
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Visualizing gravity

When you see graphics trying to help people visualize what gravity in Einstein's relativity "looks" like it will often be a mostly two-dimensional plane with a concave warp where a massive object is ...
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Space-time in String Theory

I would like to understand how Physicists think of space-time in the context of String Theory. I understand that there are $3$ large space dimensions, a time dimension, and $6$ or $7$ (or $22$) extra ...
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Is it reasonable to visualise an additional dimension of time as a part of 4th dimensional spacetime

[EDIT] In the spirit of asking a "good question", this question is considerably more refined that the one I decided to blurt out earlier thanks to a little additional research and nudges from comments....
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In Einstein's “relativity of simultaneity” thought experiment, would not the passenger on the train see a dimmer signal? [closed]

This is the updated, more precise question--is this a paradox?: Suppose a rocket traveling close to the velocity of light which emits a single photon from its midpoint at point A, illustrated ...
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Theory of relativity [duplicate]

I’ve been reading about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, specifically the segment on gravity being explained as consequence of spacetime being curved by mass. I can understand the concept of object ...
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Is there any experimental evidence that Universe has more than 3 spatial dimensions?

Someone asked about proof of higher dimensions. But discounting time as a dimension, along with the hyper-dimensional GUTs/Supersymmetry theories, has this possibility been tested and what did the ...