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I want to make these questions as simple as possible, so that no one answering it will have to use any mathematics or formulas to explain it. I don’t mean this in a disrespectful way, I’m simply interested in the specific issues.

Assume that I am an observer on earth, and a spaceship with a traveler onboard has just passed my location at a near-light velocity heading to a distant star. Assume that all of the spaceship’s acceleration to achieve such velocity has already occurred prior to its getting to my location, so that it is now moving at constant velocity relative to me.

Further assume that both I and the traveler have some type of unique vision, so that we can each perceive any change (even a trillionth of a trillionth… of a second) in a clock movement no matter how far away the clock is.

Given the above, I have these four questions:

First, based upon everything that I’ve read, will we BOTH measure the other’s clock moving slow, relative to our own clock?

Second, won’t each of us measure our own clocks as running normally?

Third, since we are moving away from each other with CONSTANT velocity, won’t we both also measure the other’s clock moving SLOWER AND SLOWER relative to our own clock as the distance between us increases? In other words, won’t we each measure the other’s clock slowing down more and more as our distance increases and as the light takes longer and longer to reach us?

Finally, if the reason that we both measure the other’s clock running slow is because with each increase of distance, the light from the clock will take longer to reach us, why do we need special relativity to teach us this? Wouldn’t this fact be a logical effect of two clocks moving away from each other in Newtonian space as well?

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