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Homework Help: UFO - time taken to travel to moon

  1. Dec 23, 2011 #1
    A UFO is observed just above the surface of the Earth moving at a constant velocity. An astronaut on the moon (3.8 x 10^8 m from earth) observes the UFO just above the surface of the moon 2.0s later.

    From the UFO's reference frame, how long did it travel from the earth to the moon?

    The answer is given as 1.6s

    I was using equation;

    Δt = γΔt0

    With t0 = 2 seconds

    the velocity in γ I calculated to be 1.9x10^8 by using

    But I'm getting an incorrect answer of 2.58 seconds.
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  3. Dec 23, 2011 #2

    Doc Al

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    You're mixing up Δt & Δt0.
  4. Dec 23, 2011 #3
    Thanks Doc Al.

    Now I'm getting an answer of 1.547 seconds which is a lot better.

    I'm not sure why the book has rounded the answer up to 1.6s
  5. Dec 23, 2011 #4

    Doc Al

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    Beats me. I wouldn't worry about it.

    The main thing is to know how and when to apply the time dilation formula.
  6. Dec 23, 2011 #5
    Thank you :smile:
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