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the things i ponder when incredibly sleep deprived:

i had a conversation with shawn (later continuing it with kirtan for a while) this morning that was quite odd.

you know, as you approach the speed of light, time slows down. if you had an analog and a digital clock would the displayed time be effected? and would they be effected in the same way? would one slow down more than the other?

and if you were there, would you percieve the time slowing down, or would it not seem to change?

discuss.

(edit: read comments if you want to watch boys throwing their geek cocks around)

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On July 5th, 2004 11:51 pm (UTC), johnphys commented:
true on the "relative to something else" bit.

My example above (Shawn and Alicia and the clocks), is written from Shawn's point of view (Alicia is moving). You can just was well switch all the clocks and Shawn and Alicia around so that Alicia is still and Shawn is moving, by looking at it from Alicia's perspective.

As far as "stars in slow motion", I don't think that would occur, because all that info (light) takes time to get to you, and it can only travel at a certain speed.

So I don't think it would look like it's "in slow motion", but the SHAPES would appear distorted, I'm pretty sure (you can find links on the net for this, I don't know where unfortunately).

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On July 5th, 2004 11:53 pm (UTC), pochanike replied:
i think that things would not show up at all... wouldnt the stars and everything else appear to not be there at all? isnt there a point where you're moving too quickly for any other object to appear visible to you if its at a standstill?
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On July 5th, 2004 11:55 pm (UTC), fiduch replied:
heh. yes, things would definitely look distorted.

it would probably look somewhat like hyperspace in star wars, actually... :op even how the ships get distorted and elongated as they accelerate to hyperspeed.
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On July 5th, 2004 11:57 pm (UTC), johnphys replied:
bingo again. It's known as length contraction.

It's just that the faster someting is going, the SHORTER it is.

Also, the contraction only happens along the direction of travel.

So, if alicia was flying superman style past shawn, she'd look like a midget.

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On July 6th, 2004 12:00 am (UTC), fiduch replied:
lol, again, just shorter relative to shawn... :op to alicia, shawn would look like michael jordan... er, minus the blackness.

ah, how i miss those lorentz transformations...
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On July 6th, 2004 12:05 am (UTC), johnphys replied:
Shawn would just look malnourished. He wouldn't look TALL, he'd look THIN, since alicia is travelling side to side.
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On July 6th, 2004 12:10 am (UTC), fiduch replied:
lol, i don't think we ever stipulated what direction alicia was moving in! :op she could just have easily been moving up and down as she could side to side...
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On July 6th, 2004 12:12 am (UTC), johnphys replied:
That's what "superman style" was supposed to imply. :)
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