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What creates the physical difference in ageing when travelling close to the speed of light? [duplicate]

I probably have a fundamental misunderstanding, so correct me if I'm wrong. When travelling close to the speed of light, movers experience time dilation, which is what results in the phenomenon of ...
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Communication near a black hole

One ship is in a stable orbit outside of the event horizon of a very large black hole so that there is significant time dilation. Another ship is in its own orbit around the same black hole, but at a ...
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Relativity Confusion

In the time dilation formula $\Delta t=\gamma\Delta t_0$, I am confused about what $\Delta t$ and $\Delta t_0$ measure. If we have two people, Tom and Bob, moving at constant velocity relative to ...
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Recordings of journey traveling near speed of light

If you had two identical video cameras and started recording synchronized atomic clocks recording at the same speed and you put one on the spaceship and sent it out traveling at 99% of the speed of ...
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Present vs Past in Cosmological time

My question is in regard to “seeing back in time” when observing objects in space. I understand the concept that light takes a certain amount of time to reach the earth and we can determine the ...
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Train and lightning bolts: why the time difference does not depend on the position of the moving person?

So imagine two lightning bolts hit the ground, simultaneously to a stationary observer. There is also a person on a train traveling to the right at a constant velocity. I know that if he started in ...
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Is there a frame of reference in which I was born before I was conceived?

I'm struggling to understand the relativity of simultaneity and position. If my conception and birth are separated by time but not space, a frame of reference in which my birth and conception are ...
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Why do external observers see LIGO results if an object falling into a black hole never reaches the event horizon? [duplicate]

If I throw a clock towards a black hole, its time slows down, it is redshifted, and according to many theories it never reaches the event horizon from my point of view. How is it then, that a star can ...
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Would a human age faster if these certain conditions are met?

So, a human would travel in a rocket in outer space. There is little to no gravity, and the pressure may or may not have an affect (?) on what i'm about to ask. It has been proven that when a human ...
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Do gravitational waves affect the flow rate of time?

Since LIGO has been able to detect the presence of gravitational waves, this implies that there is a density wave traveling through space with a high potential front and a low potential back side. ...
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Does absolute motion/stillness exist?

I am not a physicist :) I (think I) understand the idea that motion can be relative in the sense that, I'm standing still inside a moving train in regards to the moving train itself, but I'm moving ...
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What is the definition of coordinates of an observer? [duplicate]

I am confused about coordinates of an observer. Suppose we have an observer $A$ whose world line $\gamma$ is a geodesic and another observer whose world-line $\gamma$ is not. Since coordinates is just ...
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What exactly does the observer's coordinate system mean in special relativity?

This seems like a very basic question but I'm having a hard time understanding it, more precisely hard time visualizing it. Let say there is an observer, and we wish to somewhat formalize his ...
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How are the predictions of the Schwarzschild solution consistent with our observations of black holes? [duplicate]

I am fully aware that there may be many misunderstandings in the following. However, in recent lectures we covered the Schwarzschild solution, and after some interesting mathematics we reached ...
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Is Relativity of simultaneity just a flaw in perception?

So I went through a couple of different books on special relativity ( including Einstein's own book) and I just can't seem to accept relativity of simultaneity as a real thing. I'll explain my ...
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Do Events Conditional to Simultaneity Occur in Every Reference Frame?

Imagine a train with a table that contains a light on both ends (so that the line between the two sources of light is parallel with the line of motion of the train) and a light sensor in the perfect ...
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Einstein's Simultaneous Lighning and the Lorentz Transformation

I am reading Einstein's book, "Relativity: the Special and General Theory" translated by Robert W. Lawson, and I have some questions concerning Special Relativity -- specifically, the thought ...
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Biological aging interval equals Proper Time interval?

In special relativity does proper time interval equal biological aging interval in every inertial reference frame?
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Method to observe clocks on spaceships moving near $c$?

I have read the explanation for clocks slowing down on a spaceship moving relative to a stationary observer -- something like a beam of light between two mirrors taking longer for the observer to ...
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Relativity from a basic assumption

Is it possible to derive Lorentz transformations just by assuming that if two spaceships are moving away from each other with a constant speed, it is impossible for them to tell who is moving, even if ...
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Equivalence in all inertial frames

Suppose there is a train moving to the right. and inside the train there is an observer, A. Outside the track, there is another observer B. When the train passes in front of B, right at the instant ...
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Is there any change in temperature due to special relativity? [duplicate]

Say I am travelling in a spaceship very close to the speed of light. Would there be any change in temperature in the spaceship relative to outside the spaceship? Please explain in detail.
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Is there a connection between the energy distribution and time dilation?

Can anyone please help me understand what is descibed bellow? Scenario 1. We have a pair of atomic clocks. Let's call them clock A and clock B. We switch both of them on at the same time. Clock A ...
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How do we observe an electron? [duplicate]

When an electron is observed it acts like a particle and its wave function collapse. This statement is very famous in quantum mechanics, but what is meant by observing an electron? Which devices are ...
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Apparent FTL speeds seen by observer

MY guestion is if I was in a ship orbiting a black hole (not very close to the event horizon) I am orbiting pretty far and I am experiencing that my time is slowing down realitive to people on earth. ...
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How could quantum effects occur in the early universe without an observer?

In inflationary cosmology, primordial quantum fluctuations in the process of inflation are considered responsible for the asymmetry and lumpiness of the universe that was shaped. However, according to ...
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Double slit experiment record but not look at it

I am having a tough tough stressful week trying to write an article about quantum mechanics. I know there was a question asked the same thing before, but I didn't understand nor I did not want to wake ...
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How can I go and also not go faster than light?

Suppose I am in a spaceship. In this spaceship there is also my friend. So my friend and my relative velocity is zero. So no matter how fast my ship goes my friend's velocity relative to me is zero($0$...
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Clock in a sealed box at half the speed of light. How would it know it is moving?

Consider a clock enclosed in a sealed box here on earth syncronized with my wrist watch. I send the boxed clock around the galaxy a couple of times at half the speed of light (or the full speed of ...
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What is physically different about a moving vs still object in space?

If I have two asteroids. One dead still in space and one whizzing by at 10,000mph. What is the difference between the two, physically? If I freeze time and look at the two of them - what differences ...
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Interdependence of time, the speed of light and distance in General Relativity

In the relation $$ \text{time}\cdot\text{speed of light} = \text{distance}\,,$$ by definition, the speed of light is constant. When bringing a clock, like in a GPS satellite, up into orbit, i.e. ...
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Proper time vs time

I'm reading about relativity and I thought I understood things clearly about proper time / coordinates until I read the analysis of the Doppler effect. A and B are 2 fixed points, there is a clock in ...
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How do we determine who is the “observer” when calculating time dilation? [duplicate]

I was reading about time dilation and I thought of a question. I really think that I am just misunderstanding something, so please bare with the question. But, I would appreciate if somebody could ...
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Bekenstein Bound and frame of reference

According to Wikipedia, this is the formula for the Bekenstein bound $$ S \le \frac{2\pi k RE}{\hbar c}$$ where $E$ is the total mass-energy. That seems to imply that the presence of a black hole in ...
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Can matter actually cross the event horizon effectively falling into a Black hole? [duplicate]

The answers I have seen do not take into effect the growth of the radius of the event horizon as significant amounts of matter get close to the existing event horizon. I would have expected that ...
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Problem in Special Relativity [closed]

"A space probe is sent to the vicinity of star Capella, which is $D = 42.2 \ light \ years $ from earth. The probe travels with a speed of 0.9930c. An astronaut recruit on board is 19 years old when ...
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Twin paradox with one twin in orbit, one in radial free-fall

Many questions on Physics SE relate to the twin paradox, but I did not find any that ask this specific question. Suppose that object A is in a circular orbit around a spherically symmetric, non-...
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What does it actually mean to say that time “speeds up” or “slows down”?

I was thinking lately about relativistic time dilation and time passing differently on other planets (which both, eventually turned out to be caused by the same principle). Now, quite naturally (as ...
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Are black holes totally black and formed? [duplicate]

Good morning, I know some similar questions have been asked but I don't find a convincing answer in these. Excuse me if I have missed the answer. My question is: I have learned that some black holes ...
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Observer in Many Worlds Interpretation [duplicate]

Something has been bothering me about the Many Worlds Interpretation. Proponents of it (e.g. Sean Carroll) often claim that it does away with the observer, or at least the paradox-inducing status the ...
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Black Hole Formation Physics [duplicate]

Considering only Black Holes that form due to gravitational collapse since the big-bang, wouldn't it be true that that have not (in our reference frame), in fact, formed a singularity or even much of ...
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How can our universe have black holes? [duplicate]

Assuming that we were never inside a blackhole at any point in the history of the universe, how can blackholes exist against Gravitational time dilation? For any point in space time in the known ...
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Entropy and observers

Struggling to understand the stance Bousso takes in his paper, The Entropic Landscape, https://arxiv.org/abs/1001.1155 Is he saying that because only by observing an increase in available state we ...
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Is it possible to speed up time using Special Relativity?

I know that with special relativity when having more velocity than a stationary observer your time relative to the observer slows down. Is it possible using special relativity to increase your time ...
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Minimum separation from the spacetime interval

I've been working through invariant spacetime interval questions recently, and I came across a question in my lecture notes where; $$\Delta s^2=\Delta x^2 -(c\Delta t)^2 > 0 $$ Now it is clear to ...
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If the speed of light is a limit, is there a way to tell which direction we are moving through space and how fast?

Say two photons start at point A, and go in opposite directions. They will be traveling apart at 2x the speed of light correct? So if this limit is how fast you are able to travel through space (and ...
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Why the speed of light is independent of the relative motion of observer? [duplicate]

As we use Lorentz transformation equation to relate velocity of particle measured by observer which is in frame s this frame is in relative motion having some velocity to that particle so Why the ...
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Is relativity really relative?

Because of the relativity of linear motion, you can't tell the difference between whether your spaceship is moving and the stars are standing still or whether you're still and the stars are moving the ...
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Twin paradox in curved space time [duplicate]

In a flat space, where special relativity works, a travelling body can only return to the same point if we apply some kind of acceleration to the body. So twin paradox is not a paradox because a ...
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Doesn't the slowing of time when travelling at almost light speed create a paradox with an observer? [duplicate]

Disclaimer: I am extremely new to this and have no proper knowledge of this subject at all, this is just an idea that I had which I want to properly understand. I don't have any knowledge of necessary ...