Time Dilation Across the Universe: Implications & Expansion

In summary: Time dilation is caused by differences in gravity, not by the expansion of space.In summary, the expansion of space between two objects in different galaxies does not factor into their time dilation. Time dilation does not apply to the universe as a whole and is caused by differences in gravity, not the expansion of space.
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For two objects at distant parts of the galaxy, because of their relative velocity and the space between them increasing faster than light, does this factor into the time dilation they will experience?

I'm tending to think not because the space they are on is relative and it is only space between them increasing?

I'm not sure if that is right though, I was thinking of the implications of time across the universe, and if is true that the relative expansion space between two bodies dilates time, wouldn't it mean this time has already happened in some distant location of the universe?

Thank you for your input,
Julian
 
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julianwitkowski said:
For two objects at distant parts of the galaxy, because of their relative velocity and the space between them increasing faster than light

I think you mean two objects in different galaxies, very distant from each other, correct? If the two objects are in the same galaxy, the space between them is not increasing faster than light. (The interpretation of the expansion of the universe as "space between objects increasing" has its own issues, but even if those are disregarded, gravitationally bound objects like galaxies are not affected by the universe's expansion.)

julianwitkowski said:
does this factor into the time dilation they will experience?

Time dilation as a concept does not apply in the universe as a whole.

julianwitkowski said:
if is true that the relative expansion space between two bodies dilates time

This isn't true.
 

1. What is time dilation across the universe?

Time dilation across the universe refers to the phenomenon in which time runs at different rates in different regions of the universe. This is due to the effects of gravity and the speed of light, which can cause time to appear to pass slower or faster depending on the observer's relative position.

2. What are the implications of time dilation across the universe?

The implications of time dilation are significant for our understanding of the laws of physics and the structure of the universe. It has been confirmed by experiments such as the Hafele-Keating experiment and has implications for space travel and our perception of time.

3. How does time dilation affect space travel?

As an object approaches the speed of light, time slows down for that object. This means that astronauts traveling at high speeds will experience time at a slower rate compared to those on Earth. This can lead to effects such as a "time gap" between the travelers and those on Earth upon their return.

4. Can time dilation be observed in everyday life?

Yes, time dilation can be observed in everyday life, although the effects are usually very small. For example, GPS satellites have to take into account the effects of time dilation in order to maintain accurate time measurements. Additionally, atomic clocks on Earth have been shown to be slightly ahead of those in orbit due to the effects of gravity.

5. Is time dilation limited to the universe or can it occur on a smaller scale?

Time dilation is a phenomenon that occurs at all scales, not just in the universe. It has been observed in experiments with subatomic particles and is a key factor in our understanding of the behavior of matter and energy. However, the effects of time dilation become more significant as speeds approach that of light and in regions with strong gravitational forces, such as near black holes.

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