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The subject of the thread at SciForums.com is quite interesting. I hope I am not violating the rules by introducing it here. Summarized, it goes something like this.

“Suppose that a flash of light is emitted from Earth at the start of the Twins problem when t=t’=0. Since the Earth twin is modeled as inertial, that twin would always calculate the geometry of the light wave front to be a sphere of radius ct where t is the elapsed time on the Earth twin’s clock. Now the astronaut has been calculating the location and geometry of the light wave front too (which is different during the trip). At the end of the problem, the twins are reunited and must agree on the final location and geometry of the light wave front. But the elapsed time on the astronaut clock is t’ < t. So, how can the astronaut calculate the same final radius for the light wave front?”

P.S. Over at SciForums.com, I referenced a very good and relevant thread from this forum titled “Accelerated Frames in SR” but only one of the many participants got it.