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Plane flying between two points

  1. Aug 20, 2007 #1
    An event occured at point A

    (x,y,z,t) = (0,0,0,0)

    and Point B

    (-500*10^3,0,0,0)

    simultaneously on earth.

    An airplane flies along the line (in space) connecting A and B with velocity 12/13v. The airplane is between B and S and is moving towards S. Which event occured first. How much earlier did it occur.

    Okay. I get that event B occured first with by 0.01733 seconds. This defies all of my intuition because A and the plane are moving closer togethor while B and the plane are moving farther apart. I would think that this means the plane would perceive event A as "closer" than it really is and event B "farther" than it really is. Is my intuition that wrong?
     
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  3. Aug 21, 2007 #2

    Pythagorean

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    the notation isn't clear on your velocity: What is 12/13v?

    You also never define the point S.
     
  4. Aug 21, 2007 #3

    mjsd

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    well the question is, was Earth moving with respect to either A or B? two events that happened simultaneously in one frame doesn't imply that the observer is stationary with respect to them or lie in the middle.
     
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