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Time dilation within the neighbourhood

  1. Dec 9, 2006 #1
    If I was to move in small circles let's say, half a meter diameter, close to the speed of light, my time ticking would slow down relative to my surrounding.
    Or in other words, my surrounding's time ticking would speed up relative to mine.
    Would I see the events in my surrounding happening in super-fast motion ?
    Would I, just to say, witness generations come and go in a blink of my eye ?
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  3. Dec 9, 2006 #2
    Yes, but you would have to be very close to the speed of light. You would have to have a time dilation of about 5 billion.


    You would have to be less than 10^-18 parts away from the speed of light.
  4. Dec 10, 2006 #3
    Is it correct that this is more or less what happens to our constituent particles?
    It is said that nuclear particles (quarks, gluons) buzz around inside the nucleus at speeds near c so that their time ticks slow relative to us the macroscopic object they form.
    (I don't know if the same can be said of electrons, since they probably do not have a clear definition of "speed" in their buzzing around the nucleus).

    So we as a macroscopic object age faster than the particles we are made of.

    Is this correct? And if it is, how can that be? what is it of us that "ages at the macroscopic rate ", if not the particles we are made of?
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