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I was searching online for an equation which would reveal the effects on aging as velocities approach light speed.

I found this

t = squareroot of (1-(v^2/c^2))

Pardon my math ignorance (I am not a physics student) but when I entered in a velocity of 80% the speed of light the result I got was 0.6 and I didn't know how to interpret this. Would my answer mean that I have aged 60% less than a stationary observer if i'm moving at 80% the speed of light? That seems a bit high to me and I am puzzled as to why distance didn't play a roll in this equation. I also assumed that how long you traveled at this speed would additionally play a roll.

If im trying to dumb down this math too much, please say so. I found this equation and it looked like something I could tackle.

Thoughts?

Thanks!

John

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