HOWEVER, that guy has his own "universe-class" telescope (just like yours) which he has pointed right at YOU, here on Earth. He feels that he is NOT moving. He sees NO acceleration by you or the Earth, but he SEES you and the Earth receding from him at that same ferocious velocity, 0.6c. He, on Siri, does NOT sense any movement. Einstein explained to us that WE (here on Earth) are NOT in any "preferred Reference Frame". Now, think of yourself as that guy. Through HIS excellent telescope, he sees YOU (on Earth) seeming to be "moving in slow motion", at 0.8 times as fast as he might expect you to be moving, due to the exact same Lorentz Time Dilation.

See the problem? You BOTH see the APPEARANCE of each other "moving
very slowly". **But ARE you actually "moving slowly", just
because he pointed his telescope at you?** No. Your life is exactly as
you have always known it, with birthdays at the right times, etc.
AND SO DOES HE.

**The PERCEPTION of "Time Dilation" is NOT an actual phenomenon, but
only a PERCEPTION of something that you BOTH can see through your telescopes.
You will BOTH THINK you see the other guy "moving and aging in very slow
motion", (due to Lorentz' and Einstein's Time Dilation) but NEITHER
of your lives actually EXPERIENCE any such things.**

IF there had been "reality", then all the very logical questions
would be appropriate, especially in trying to explain "which of the two
of you actually saw the other one aging more slowly than himself", and
all sorts of other weird questions. **But the ACTUAL life of that guy you
were looking at did NOT suddenly change just because some distant guy, you,
pointed a telescope at him.**

It is frustrating that even my fellow physicists seem to totally misunderstand this issue. It seems really pretty obvious to me, as it did to Einstein, who had tried to explain it to the rest of us.

As a Theoretical Physicist, and one who has spent much of his career in studying both forms of Relativity, I find it frustrating that virtually everyone has such wrong ideas regarding, especially, Special Relativity. What Einstein had tried to teach us is that Special Relativity can cause the PERCEPTION of rather odd aspects of how time SEEMS to pass. But the REALITY does not. We see popular media promote science-fiction ideas which include things like time passing at unexpected rates (which we call Time Dilation, and which has gotten huge publicity). IF that experience was actually true, yes, some of the popular speculations regarding time (including ideas of the speed of light being able to change) might be true. But it is not.

**Think about this.** If YOUR life could actually EXPERIENCE such Time
Dilation, and if the Universe actually has millions or billions of
inhabited planets out there, then YOU would (logically) have your daily
life speeding up and slowing down, every time that anyone on any of those
planets happened to point a telescope, or even pan a telescope across
where the Earth happened to be. Do YOU experience such bizarre effects
in your daily life? No. Would it apply every time someone with a
pair of binoculars pointed them upward toward us? Or would there be
some dependence where only expensive telescopes have this effect (on
ALL of the inhabited planets in the Universe?) No, that would be
illogical and silly.

There IS a complication that we need to consider. For us on Earth, the basis of all of our time systems and clocks is the rate of our Earth spinning. That same situation is certainly true on that other planet we are considering, which is not likely to be spinning in exactly 23h 56m. So when WE say that that guy "seems to be moving slowly", we make that statement based on Earth clocks and our logic here. We WOULD think we saw that to be true, but actually only based on OUR clocks. We would need to do some additional analysis to determine a "time conversion factor" between the two planets and their laboratories, based on how fast the two planets are spinning, that is, based on their independent clock systems. We might actually even use some process that we believe to be known throughout the Universe, such as the rate at which Cesium atomic clocks run. Once we have applied this correction factor, then all the logic described in this article can be seen as true and accurate, from both perspectives.

For fifty years, I have tried to explain this to the public, but they
instead seem to prefer the "sexiness" of the many goofy
speculations that various people have dreamed up, like "time
travel" and "wormholes" and "faster than the speed
of light". Maybe it is just because I am a Theoretical Physicist that
this seems "obvious" to me. **But many of the things that are
popularly promoted as being consequences of "Special Relativity"
are simply "perceptions" and not actually "reality".** I
use some examples here which I think shows why this is the case.

In a graphic below, consider us on Earth looking through our powerful
telescope at a scientist on a rapidly receding planet Siri, while a Siri
scientist is also looking through his (essentially identical) powerful
telescope at the rapidly receding Earth scientist. **Einstein explained
that all (non-accelerating, or "Inertial") locations in the
Universe are equal, so that BOTH Observers regarding Time Dilation must
witness similar, logical, views. That is, both would see the other as
APPEARING to age more slowly than himself.** BOTH would SEE Time Dilation
as a "reality", but only as applying to the OTHER. We on Earth
seem to insist that we have some sort of "special environment",
where only our view matters.

**There is surprising misunderstanding regarding the exact correct
truth and logic of what Time Dilation is. Or, more specifically,
of what Special Relativity is.** I am a Theoretical Physicist who has
spent much of my career studying subjects associated with Einstein's
Relativity. Two basic facts are clear and unavoidable. **First, the
person who Observes any of the events of Relativity does not and
cannot Experience any of them.** That includes Time Dilation and an
assortment of speculated issues such as "time travel" and
"wormholes" and many other speculative assumptions. **The ONLY
effects which can be detected is for that (Earth) Observer to look (usually
through a telescope) at someone or something which is either wildly
accelerating (GR) or traveling at extreme velocity toward or away from the
observer (SR)**. Oddly, even then: **Second, the person being Observed
does not sense anything unusual!** He lives a very mundane life, where he
thinks time is moving at the same rate that he has always experienced
during his life.

So **neither** the Observer nor the person or event being observed actually
**experiences** any alteration of the rate of time passing (or a variety
of other things like the apparent inertial mass that an observed person
or object seems to have or distances or velocities which objects seem to
move at). ** Even though the Observer SEES an effect such as Time Dilation,
it is actually a "perceptional" phenomenon and not anything
which is actually "real"**. People are surprised that this
is equally true for BOTH of the scientists who are observing each other.

The following discussion and graphics are a decently clear
example of the real situation, **essentially directly from Albert Einstein's
thought experiments.** The following animated graphics present two
separate views. First is a view of Earth here. An Earth scientist has an
accurate school-style wall clock and a very
powerful telescope, which he carefully aims exactly at a distant planet, Siri,
which he has measured to be receding away from Earth at extreme velocity,
that of 0.6 of the speed of light. Neither the Earth nor Siri is
accelerating, so there is only a constant velocity detected between them.
General Relativity would not apply but Special Relativity does.
After we have examined the situation for the Earth scientist (and the
Earth in general), we will travel to the observed planet Siri to see
what everything looks like from there.

In both cases, we simplify things by focusing entirely on images of
the two wall clocks which the scientists have in their Labs, one in a Lab
here on Earth (which is a school-style clock) and the other
in a distant Lab on a planet we are calling Siri (which has a wooden frame
of its wall clock). These two planets and Laboratories are **not
accelerating**. On Earth, we see Siri receding away from us at a tremendous
velocity (at 0.6 of the speed of light). On Siri, they see the Earth
receding from them at that velocity.

My ultimate intention is to present a clearer presentation of Special
Relativity "for non-Physicists".

Looking at the Earth laboratory first, we see the prominent Earth wall clock
at the top that is always timed exactly to GMT. Much of the rest of the
image is of a giant telescope, with its eyepiece image of a similar wooden
frame wall clock on the other (receding) planet's laboratory wall, which
**we** see as moving away from us at 0.6c. The Time Dilation effect we see
of all of Siri therefore **appears** to have their entire planet's time
passing slowly, running at 0.8 the actual GMT time-rate he observes in his
Laboratory here on Earth, due to Special Relativity and its Time Dilation.
EVERYTHING we observe through our telescope is really convincing that their
Siri clocks are running only 4/5 as fast as our clocks run. It is less easy
to confirm but the Siri scientist also APPEARS to be aging at 4/5 the rate
that everything on Earth scientist ages.

**The ACTUAL TRUE time we ever detect and experience on Earth is always
exactly what we are used to, GMT, given by our school-style wall clock
here on Earth. Only the image of Siri seen in the eyepiece of the
telescope has the appearance of having time running much slower
due to Time Dilation.**

This situation is similar to what many people expect of
Time Dilation and Special Relativity. **A critical difference is that
NOTHING in our Earth Laboratory gives any appearance or any evidence that
any time-rate is or could be any different from what we expect. The Earth
scientist cannot "alter time" in any way, and his life is destined
to continue as he had always experienced.**

Now we look at our graphic of what the Siri scientist sees in his Lab. As on
Earth, there is a large (wooden frame) wall clock in his
laboratory, timed exactly to his own planetary
time. The other portion of the Siri Laboratory image is the view
of his giant telescope, and a scientist looking at its eyepiece.
He has his telescope aimed exactly at Earth and so he sees in his eyepiece
an image of the Earth school-style wall clock on the wall of the Earth
scientist we had just examined.

This is very important. The Siri scientist sees and has measured that the
Earth is receding from him at very high (constant) velocity of 0.6c. **He also
has NO sensation that he is moving at all.** As a result, he sees the image
of the Earth clock appear to running at 4/5 the actual rate of his Siri
wall clock, again due to Special Relativity and its Time Dilation.
Actually, it is experimentally harder to confirm but he can also clearly
see that the Earth scientist is aging exactly 4/5 as fast as he is aging.

**Actually, per Einstein, no scientist could ever detect that he was ON
Earth or on Siri, as everything would seem exactly the same to both of them.**

The ACTUAL TRUE time that the Siri scientist ever detects is what he is
used to, forever given by his reliable wooden frame wall clock of his Siri Lab.
**Only** the image he sees (of Earth and its clock) through the telescope's
eyepiece has the APPEARANCE of running much slower due to Time Dilation.

NO acceleration is present anywhere so BOTH Laboratories are certain
that their own planet is motionless (what Physicists call an Inertial Rest
Frame of Reference and that **their own** wall clock is perfectly reliable
and accurate in their own labs). **However they EACH see the
"other" wall clock (as seen through their telescope's eyepiece)
to be running clearly slowly and that other scientist as aging only
4/5 as fast as himself.**

**The point is that the "Time Dilation effect" is not actually a
physically true phenomenon, but each clearly sees the "moving clock in
the telescope eyepiece" appear to run at 0.8 times the rate of
their own clock.**

This is definitely obvious to witness, for both. However, regarding any "physical sensation in the other Laboratory", no, there would be none. Neither of their lives is suddenly slowed down just because the other scientist had just pointed a telescope at him. The fact that ALL Earth scientists think otherwise is simply an admission that they think that the Earth has a "special reference frame", which is NOT true.

The distant Siri observer might THINK that you are aging at 4/5 the rate which he is aging at due to his calculation of Time Dilation, but YOU know that your birthdays are exactly as far apart as you have always celebrated. You also THINK that he is aging 4/5 as fast as you do. These are OBSERVED perceptions and they are NOT ACTUALLY REAL. Neither of you (really) experienced your heart slow down to 80% at the moment the other guy pointed his telescope at you! Both of you can SEE a heart monitor of the other guy clearly running at 80% of the rate that you would expect to see.

The same situation has always been true of humans here and decaying Muons
high in our atmosphere. By around 1941, in our laboratories here on the
surface of the Earth, we were accurately measuring the average half-life
of a Muon, 0.000 002 197 second. Even if they moved at nearly the speed of
light, they **must** decay within about 0.28 mile or so of where they
were created. However, research labs on the surface of the Earth, many
miles below, easily detect those Muons which they know are created by Cosmic
Rays when they crash into atomic nuclei high in our atmosphere (often
50 miles high). The **only** possible explanation for this is due to the
Time Dilation effect of Special Relativity. **This was actually the first
strict experimental confirmation of Einstein's Special Relativity.**
For the Muons, their enormous (constant) velocity (around 0.9954c) causes
(Time Dilation) time to appear "normal" to us but they see US to
APPEAR to age only around 1/100th as fast for the Muons (themselves), much
more **slowly**. In their very slow-moving environment, they see it as
easy to travel the entire 50 miles down to a laboratory on Earth, and it
SEEMS very logical to them because they appear to see the entire atmosphere
to only be a fraction of a mile thick. It is absolutely logical to an
Muon scientist that they make it to a lab on Earth (due to Time Dilation).
We Earth scientists see those Muons (and their tiny Muon scientists) to
APPEAR to be aging only
about 1/100th of their actual ages, and so those Muons actually have plenty
of (earth-) time to travel the distance of many miles down to the labs.

To the Muons, everything is pretty expected but our atmosphere looks like it is only less than a half-mile thick. Interestingly, they see everything in the Earth environment to only have vertical dimensions of about 1/100 of what we experience. So, to a Muon scientist, YOU APPEAR to be less than ONE INCH TALL, although your other dimensions woulld not seem cbanged. In other words, in a Muon environment, all of us humans down below look like peculiar pancakes!

The distance they need to travel to get all the way down through
the atmosphere to Laboratories on the ground is only
1/100 as far, in their perspective, therefore less than 0.28
mile thick, and so it is totally logical for some of the Muons to be able
to get all the way to the surface, without disobeying the speed of light
being the fastest possible. **There have been countless other experimental
confirmations of the Time Dilation effects of Special Relativity.**

A tiny Muon scientist sees our atmosphere as only less than half a mile
thick, so he sees no logical problem in getting all the way down through
what we call 50 miles. But through HIS own (Muon) "telescope" he sees
really, really slow moving Earth scientists moving one-hundredth as fast,
and so everything makes perfect sense to everyone.

Both viewpoints have REALITY that is as we all know, the right average lifetime of Muons, the right thickness of our atmosphere and all the rest. But for each viewpoint, the PERCEPTION is very odd. We think we see Muons which APPEAR to live a hundred times longer before decaying into electrons, and the Muon scientists see an atmosphere which APPEARS to be less than half a mile thick. We each have our "reality" and we each have our Time-Dilation "perception".

Therefore, no one senses any quirky effects, just stuff that is
"normal". Whether it is an Earth scientist or a Siri scientist
or a Muon scientist, time (REALLY) passes exactly as it is expected, but
when they look at the situation from a different (non-accelerating) location,
the effects of Time Dilation are clearly **observed**, and we each
see a PERCEPTION where time SEEMS to be traveling at a peculiar rate.
The time-dilation effect is OBSERVED by BOTH SIDES, but neither side
EXPERIENCES anything weird.

The graphics above are meant to show that "life is perfectly normal" for
each of the scientists, but BOTH see the other as being in a peculiar
environment, where time seems to run slowly, that (radial) distances seem to
be shorter, that the other appears to age more slowly, where masses seem to be
greater. The important point is that these observations are entirely
**appearances** and BOTH see the other clock as running clearly slowly,
while his own clock is behaving exactly as he expects.

All those odd Relativity effects make it so that either scientist can
do or witness any experiment that the other scientist might do, and logic is
never violated, as Einstein had assured us. They each could watch the
other shine a flashlight "directly ahead" and everything would
be fine. The "speed of light" of that flashlight beam still turns
out to ALWAYS be EXACTLY c **to each of them**. Speed still adds like we
all know it does. For one of the observers, the speed he SEES is not
"c + c" or 2c, but rather two "Time Dilated" numbers
which total exactly c. The other scientist, who actually did the experiment,
simply sees that c is the speed of light. For an observer, the speed of a
bullet or an accelerating rocket is also just the sum of two "Time
Dilated" velocities which results in exactly the correct logical
bullet or rocket speed. To that (Relativistic) Observer, the bullet or
rocket APPEARS to accelerate more slowly due to it having
greater inertial mass (to him), and also because the DISTANCE being seen
as being covered is LESS due to the same Dilation formula (again, to him).

A critical detail for Special Relativity is that both the OBSERVER and that person or event being observed is in what Physicists call an Inertial Rest Frame of Reference, which means that NO ACCELERATION is occurring. On Earth, we only have two locations available which precisely comply with that, the North Pole and the South Pole. So we take a scientist, give him a heavy coat, and stand him at the North Pole. We give him a really good telescope and a wall clock and a precise Cesium clock, too.

We have found him a planet, Siri, any distance away from us which we have found to be traveling exactly radially away from us, at exactly 0.6c, an enormous speed. Either that planet is not spinning at all, or if it is, a scientist has been sent so he is standing exactly at its North Pole. He also has a heavy coat and a really good telescope and a wall clock and a precise Cesium clock.

The Earth scientist and the Siri scientist are each looking through their really good telescopes toward each other. Their telescopes are far better than any telescopes we have ever made and they can see each other smiling and waving at each other. Even the clocks on their walls are visible through each of their telescopes (as the graphics above have shown)

**Note that the Siri scientist does not feel any movement or
acceleration (any more than we do on Earth) and he sees the Earth moving
radially away from him at exactly 0.6c.**

We will now visit the scientist at our North Pole. His clock and his Cesium clock are always exactly synchronized. But when he looks at the Siri clock he sees through the telescope, he sees that wall clock appears to be running much more slowly. (The Cesium clock there also exactly is synchronized with THAT wall clock, which WE see as running much more slowly than our clocks here on Earth.

An observer who is not moving at all, such as at the North Pole, would
see such a rapidly moving (at 0.6c) (receding) man **appear** to have time pass
much more slowly. **Hendrik Lorentz and George FitzGerald discovered the
well-known formula which is the Time Dilation
time-rate factor ß **(which is**
)
)** that gives us **0.800** (which is
less than 1.000 so it is an observed time-slowing effect) as the Time
Dilation time-rate (slowing) factor which you (at the North Pole) OBSERVE
for that person rapidly receding due to **Special Relativity** due to
recessional SPEED (not "experienced" by him but only as seen by you, a
motionless observer at the North Pole.)

We will now visit the scientist on that other planet, Siri. His clock and
his Cesium clock are always exactly synchronized. But when he looks
at the clock he sees (on Earth) through his telescope, he sees that Earth wall
clock **appear** to be running much more slowly. (The Cesium clock there (on
Earth) also exactly is synchronized with that Earth wall clock, which
HE sees as running much more slowly than his clocks on his planet.

This conversation so far has entirely been about Special Relativity, mostly because
the math is decently simple. It turns out that similar reasoning can be
done for our two scientists if they were "Relatively Accelerating"
from each other, but then General Relativity would need to be examined and
the math involved needs to be the math of "curved space", that is
Riemannian Non-Euclidean math and space and geometry.

**For that same man, we can also calculate the precise time-rate effect of Einstein's
General Relativity, also to better than eighteen-digit precision.**
This results in
the **Relativistic Equivalency Factor (
)**
being 1.000 000 000 001 203 440.
That is then the **General Relativity** time-rate (speeding) factor on the person standing at
the Equator being **1.000 000 000 001 203 440** (which is more than 1.000 so it is a time-
speeding effect) (due to acceleration).

**General Relativity has exactly the
opposite time-rate effect from what all Physicists believe to be true**.
**It does not have a "time slowing effect"
of Time Dilation, but instead has a "time speeding effect" which
totally changes everything in many fields of modern Physics.**
A very precise math proof follows. All
"time travel" speculations are certainly impossible. The
popular Twins Paradox story is also impossible. **Many entire fields
of modern Physics are based on this wrong assumption.**
NASA has sadly tried many experiments
which ignored General Relativity which turned out to be total failures,
including the rather famous Hafele-Keating experiment in October 1971. The
famous Kip Thorne believes that speculative "wormholes" exist. The
famous Stephen Hawking spent half an hour in his recent *
"Genius"* TV series in trying to
prove a wrong assumption of his about Cesium clocks on a mountain. Time passes
on the surface of the Moon slightly more slowly than it does here on Earth.
(A Moon clock would run about one ninetieth of a second slower per year
than an identical clock here on Earth).
**The math to prove this is quite simple, and you can
even confirm that this is the truth.** **The following math is
indisputable and precise.**

We live our lives on the surface of the Earth, where we constantly
daily rotate at around 1000 mph, **so Einstein's
Special Relativity clearly applies to us**. We also "ride in a daily
curved circle" (around the Earth) in that same process, which means that we
also constantly accelerate (radially downward), so that **Einstein's
General Relativity also applies to us.** (We
call it centripetal acceleration!) (The *Handbook of Chemistry and Physics* provides the precise
centripetal acceleration value for the Equator.) **
These effects are both easy to calculate and it turns out that
mathematically their time-rate consequences are exactly opposite each other! **One
(SR) is a Dilation (slowing) of apparent time-rate while the other (GR) is a
Speeding of apparent time-rate. They always exactly cancel each
other's net effects out for us! **There is and
can be no net Relativistic time-rate effect on us!
That is equally true for people in their homes, for
Astronauts who orbit the Earth in the ISS, and even in airliners which circle
the Earth. **The precise math proof of this new perspective follows.

**Please note one very important detail which no one seems to realize.
In Relativity, the person or event being watched does not actually
change in any way. No "time travel" ever occurs to him or is even
possible. No goofy experiences ever occur in his life. Only the (usually
distant) observer sees any appearance where the rate of time passage seems to
have changed.**

We place you at the North Pole, where
you are neither moving nor accelerating due to the daily spinning of the
Earth. You will be our "stationary observer" for the following analysis of the
movements of a man who is standing at the Equator of the Earth.
The factors regarding the time-rate effects of both Special and General
Relativity are extremely minimal for us on the Earth, but they are easy to
calculate. To calculate the **Time Dilation
Effect of Special Relativity**: A person standing at the Equator
"orbits" at precisely 1,674.366 102 km/hr, "orbiting" with
the surface of the Earth every sidereal day.
(Equatorial circumference divided by the seconds in a sidereal day, both precisely
known measurements of the Earth). This is the same as 0.465 101 695
km/sec (v). We know that the speed of light (c) is 299,792.458 km/sec.
Hendrik Lorentz and George FitzGerald discovered the well-known formula which
is the Time Dilation time-rate factor ß (which is
)

that gives us **0.999 999 999 998 796 560**
(which is less than 1.000 so it is a time-slowing effect**
) **as the**
Time Dilation time-rate (slowing) factor** which you (at the North
Pole) see for that person
standing at the Equator due to
**Special Relativity** due to the rotational
speed (not "experienced" by him at the Equator but only as seen
by you, a motionless observer).

For the **time-rate Effect of General
Relativity**, for that person at the Equator of the Earth we have a **
6,378,137 meter Equatorial Earth radius (d) **and his
radially downward centripetal acceleration **(a)** there is **
0.033 915 785** m/sec^{2}. This results in the **
Equivalency Factor **(
)
being **1.000 000 000 001 203 440** , which is then the **General
Relativity time-rate (speeding) factor **on the person
standing at the Equator being
**1.000 000 000 001 203 440** (which is more
than 1.000 so it is a time-speeding effect**) **(due
to acceleration).

Since **both** Relativistic effects constantly exist, we must
multiply these two factors to determine the net
Relativistic effect. That is: SR Time Dilation factor of **
0.999 999 999 998 796 560 **times the GR
factor of **1.000 000 000 001 203 440 **which results in the net
Relativistic time-rate effect being exactly **1.000 000 000 000 000 000**
(within experimental error). **This is a precise mathematical proof that the
two Relativistic time-rate effects exactly cancel each other out (for
you viewing the person at the Equator).**

A dreadful logical blunder occurred in Physics in the early 1960s and
it was never fixed. **Even NASA believed that
an orbiting satellite or even a conventional airliner circling the Earth, only
experienced the effect of Einstein's Special Relativity and Time Dilation**.
That was and is wrong. Well, misleading, because NASA did not seem to realize
that both Special Relativity and General Relativity always constantly apply at the same
time. **NASA had neglected to consider the
effects of General Relativity**. NASA had (wrongly) assumed that we
on Earth are in what we Physicists call an Inertial Rest Frame of Reference
(that is, there is no acceleration acting on us.) **
It turns out easy to mathematically prove that, for an object that is
circling a massive planet like Earth, as in the precise math example above,
both effects exist, and that they exactly cancel each other out! **One
is due to the speed of the motion (SR) and the other is due to the acceleration
of the motion (GR), as Einstein had clearly explained.

During the 1960s, NASA included Cesium clocks on a number of earth
satellites, to try to prove that their assumption about Time Dilation applied,
but all those experiments dreadfully failed. NASA even performed a rather
famous (but wrong) experiment in October 1971 to try to prove that (wrong
assumption) that only Time Dilation was acting, by sending sets of four
identical Cesium clocks both ways around the Earth in conventional airliners,
in the **Hafele-Keating experiment**.
That experiment wound up with results which were worthless, well within the
experimental margin of error.

A popular claim is that if identical twin brothers were born on Earth,
and one went to the ISS (International Space Station) for ten years, the
brother who remained on Earth would be able to detect a slightly slower aging
of his brother on the ISS, due to Time Dilation. The calculated effect of
Einstein's Time Dilation would only be a fraction of one second difference in
age, but using identical Cesium (atomic) clocks, that would be easy to detect.
**That claim is wrongly based on the Earth twin
being in an Inertial Rest Frame of Reference that was not accelerating, such
that only Time Dilation would apply. That claim was also wrongly based on the
ISS twin not being in such an Inertial Rest Frame of Reference. **

We on Earth (incorrectly) think we are in such a non-accelerating**
**Inertial Rest Frame of Reference! (Of
course, for thousands of years we also thought we lived on a flat Earth that
was not moving at all!) However, we each revolve around the Earth once every
day, at high speed in a curved circular path, which means we are also each
constantly accelerating (radially downward) in a circle. **
And so NASA and everyone else (incorrectly) assumed that such satellite
and airliner Time Dilation effects would be experimentally detected. **

**Here is the problem!**

The passengers on the ISS ** also** think they are
in a non-accelerating** **Inertial
Rest Frame of Reference, since they also do not sense any acceleration. If we
make a slight adjustment to that story of twins, we can see an obvious
demonstration of the logical blunder they had done (and which everyone still
accepts as correct!) Consider that a family had lived on the ISS and they had
twins, and one of those sons decided to take a rocket ship trip to the surface
of the Earth (for ten years). The "non-traveling" brother who stayed
on the ISS would see that his brother (on Earth) was living more slowly than he
was living, due to Time Dilation, which he could prove by a comparison of
cesium clocks. If we looked at everything from the perspective of the ISS
rather than the Earth, and the ISS twin brother compared his Cesium clock with
one he could watch on Earth, Einstein's Time Dilation would (seem to) require
that he would **also** see that the
Earth clock was running slower than his own Cesium clock was running.

**Because they both (incorrectly) believed they were in
non-accelerating Inertial Rest Frames, this must be true, that both brothers
would measure that the other one was aging more slowly than himself!**

This would be an easy experiment to do, since there are lots of Cesium clocks in Earth laboratories and also several on board the ISS. And it would obviously fail. Only after each of them correctly considered his own acceleration and therefore that General Relativity was acting, would they then resolve the flawed situation.

**When the traveling brother got back home, neither would be younger
or older than the other! **This is true for either version of the story,
whether the family lived on Earth or on the ISS.

**This situation is vaguely similar to
the popular Twins Paradox story, which also happens to be totally wrong due to
neglecting the effects of General Relativity**, but for
slightly different reasons, discussed below.

The logical flaw here is that both clocks and brothers are constantly and continuously accelerating, in the process of the curved paths of circling the center of the Earth.

In an accelerating (non-inertial) Rest Frame of Reference, Einstein
showed that a different set of circumstances must exist, that of **
General Relativity**. Physics even has a
formula called the **Equivalency Principle**,
which can be used to calculate the Time-rate effects of any acceleration (or
'equivalently' the effect of any gravitational field such as due to the Earth).

We know the orbital speed and altitude of the ISS, and we can easily
calculate the strength of the Earth's gravitational field at that orbital
distance. The Time Dilation effect due to the orbital speed of the ISS is a
factor of **0.999 999 999 669**
(calculated below, which is only a difference of less than one part per billion
of time). The time-rate effect due to the orbital acceleration of the ISS is **
1.000 000 000 330** (also calculated below,
which is also a difference of less than one part in a billion of time, but in
the opposite direction!) We must multiply these two numbers to account for the
net Relativistic effects of both speed and acceleration, and the product is
amazingly close to being exactly 1.000 000 000
(actually, 0.999 999 999 998 999 999).

**In other words, for an orbiting ISS satellite, the net effect of the speed and
acceleration is such that there is no Relativistic time change effect!** In
other words, NASA in the 1960s and still, is dead wrong about expecting to see
Time Dilation effects in satellites or airliners, due to a logical failure of
not including the (really obvious) effects of the General Relativity of the
orbital acceleration!

There are even still people today (2016) who aggressively claim that the 1971 experiment should have worked and so they present endless claims about why it didn't. But they do not seem to realize that the experiment failed because it was based on faulty logic, that of ignoring General Relativity.

Up above, we also calculated the Precise Time Dilation Effect and the Equivalency Factor for us who are orbiting on the surface of the Earth as it rotates, and that also shows that the two effects exactly counteract each other and there is no net Relativistic time difference effect due to the Earth spinning.

**This mathematically proves two
interesting new insights! First, that the time effect of acceleration is
opposite that of speed, creating a Time Speeding General Relativity effect
which opposes the known Time Dilation effect of speed and Special Relativity.
Second, for any satellite in a perfectly circular orbit around a symmetric
planet (or star), the time altering effects of the two different Relativitys of
speed and acceleration exactly cancel each other out!**

It is sad that, today, 2015 and 2016, famous Physicists still get this
wrong, and still it is because they totally ignore the consequences of General
Relativity. A currently popular showboating move is to take two Cesium clocks,
which are lavishly bragged about as incredibly precise and reliable, and first
synchronize them. Then one of those atomic clocks is driven up a mountain, and
the (allegedly smart) commentator describes how a Relativity time-rate effect
causes one of the clocks to "run slower" than the other due to the
difference in altitude. **Even the
"infallible"** **Stephen
Hawking demonstrates sadly poor logic in promoting this claim. **A
recent TV series by Hawking (*Genius*)
spent half an hour of valuable TV time in presenting this faulty logic and
conclusions! There are a bunch of logical errors there! At a location which
is a mile higher on a mountain, yes, the gravitational field of the Earth is a
tiny bit weaker, which would have a General Relativity time-rate effect, but
the person and clock is also circling the center of the Earth FASTER due to
having to travel a longer circumference each day, which has a Time Dilation
effect due to the higher speed. **Hawking (and
the others who have presented such public spectacles) never mention that there
are actually two Relativistic time effects going on, due to both General and
Special Relativity. **Since they never even mention the fact that two
effects are happening, no one ever does the math (presented here) to show that
the two Relativistic time-rate effects happen to exactly counteract each
other! **I expect a lot more of Hawking.**
More than that, ALL modern Physicists (including Hawking) have never yet solved
Einstein's original set of ten Tensor Calculus Differential Equations to discover that
the time-rate effects of General and Special Relativity happen to be opposite.
**They all (wrongly) assume they are the same,
all Time Dilation effects.** Why doesn't someone at least try to do
the math? **And so the "major
conclusion" that Hawking presented in his mountain experiment is simply
not true!** He did a one-day experiment and his results were that the
two (identical) Cesium clocks were then 20 nano-seconds different where he
claimed that "the results confirmed the assumption he had started out
having made." It is a sad aspect of modern science that researchers first
make an assumption and then (selectively) do some experiment which seems to
confirm that they are right!

By the way, the mountain experiments of Hawking and others are essentially just variants on a theme of the failed 1971 Hafele-Keating experiment in the jet airliners. But at least then, four Cesium clocks were used instead of one. A valid such mountain experiment should run for a month or a year rather than just a single day. And it should be repeated by others who do not carry the same pre-conceived assumptions.

Since 2006, I have tried to get NASA or the ESA to include a Cesium clock in a
soft-landing on the Moon. **In 2018, the Japan
Space Agency (JAXA) intends to launch another soft-lander. Such a simple
experiment, where identical Cesium clocks on the Earth and Moon might be
continuously compared, will prove once and for all whether Einstein was right
about General Relativity**. My calculations, based on Einstein,
indicate that the Earth clock should count about 10,976 times more ticks every
hour than the identical clock on the Moon, entirely due to the difference in
our gravitational fields on the surface of the Earth and Moon, and on Einstein's
General Relativity and the Equivalency Principle. Such a simple and
inexpensive experiment would instantly confirm that Einstein was right and it
would also demonstrate the logical flaws in the popular assumptions regarding
Time Dilation, Hafele-Keating, the Twins Paradox, alleged Time Travel, and
other fields of modern Physics.

Physicists use a fairly simple equation to calculate the Time Dilation effect that occurs during Special Relativity, that is, when there is no acceleration but a relatively high constant velocity. This can be due to either the observed light source moving toward the observer or away from the observer (the Time Dilation effect is the same, either way).

Here is the **Time Dilation formula** factor for time-rate: ß (which is
)
This is the multiplying factor of the rate of time that appears to be
passing to an observer. (c) represents the speed of light and (v) represents the
velocity. If v is in the range of any velocity that we humans are capable of
creating, this factor is extremely minimal. This factor (called ß) was
discovered by Hendrik Lorentz and George FitzGerald around 130 years ago.

Consider the Earth satellite called the ISS (International Space
Station) orbiting at 27,743.8 kilometers per hour, orbiting the Earth every
hour and a half. This is 7.7066 kilometers per second. In this case, we would
have v = 7.7066 and c = 299,792.5 kilometers per second. ß is then **
0.999 999 999 669, which gives us the Time Dilation
proportion effect for the ISS satellite due to Special Relativity**
due to the orbital speed. This is assuming a perfectly circular orbit such
that the speed stayed exactly constant, and an Earth that was perfectly
spherical, none of which is quite precisely true.

So for an observer on the Earth's surface the satellite might seem to
show time passing slightly more slowly than we would measure with our Cesium
(atomic) clocks in a lab on Earth. NASA tried to do this experiment during the
1960s by putting an identical Cesium clock inside an orbiting satellite, and
compared the time with that of their "Standard" Cesium clock in
Washington, DC. **Those experiments were all
failures**, where they always showed greater variation between the
various Cesium clocks than the expected Dilation effect!

You might notice that the apparent difference is really minimal! In an entire year, the two clocks (in the ISS as compared to an atomic clock in a Lab on the surface of the Earth) would only have become different by about 1/100 of a second.

The Hafele-Keating experiment, which had Cesium clocks inside conventional airliners, actually had slower speeds (around 900 k/h) than our example of a person standing at the Equator, so we will pass on adding those calculations here, although any reader could easily do the math, to see why that NASA experiment failed so dreadfully.

Such experiments did seem to detect slight differences in the rate of
time of the Cesium clocks, but the expected Dilation differences were so small
that they never exceeded experimental errors! There were two reasons for that.
One is that even though Cesium clocks are extremely accurate and reliable,
trying to consistently find a difference of less than one part per billion of
time is near the limit to the capability of such atomic clocks. **
The other reason was that NASA seemed to be ignorant
of the continuous effects of General Relativity.**

In October 1971, NASA installed sets of four Cesium clocks in two passenger
airplanes, and sent one of the airplanes westward around the Earth while the
other airplane was sent eastward. This experiment was considered very
significant, and the **Hafele-Keating**
experiment is still cited as being something important. However, that
experiment was really just a sad joke, demonstrating amazing ignorance! The
most prominent actual experimental result might have been the significant
variation between the set of four allegedly identical Cesium clocks on each
aircraft! Given the speed of passenger airliners, the (expected) effect of
Time Dilation would have only been around 1/50,000 of a second in a year. And
yet the experimental results of the Hafele-Keating experiment showed
experimental errors between the individual Cesium clocks which were far greater
than what they hoped to find. **The 1971 NASA
experiment was a total failure!**

**The other reason is actually far more
important**. In order for a satellite (or an airliner) to
orbit, it must constantly radially accelerate due to the pull of Earth's gravity, to
create the curved circular orbital path. You do this when you try to drive
around a tight circle, and you feel an acceleration which seems to be pushing
you sideways in the seat. **We call it
centripetal acceleration**. Einstein had showed that an entirely
different set of Relativity equations are necessary for when accelerations are
present, which he called General Relativity. The Special Relativity equations
are mathematically simple. The General Relativity equations are horrifically
complicated. Einstein presented a set of ten complex Tensor Calculus
Differential equations, which must be simultaneously solved to get an answer.
So far, in a hundred years of countless mathematicians and physicists trying to
solve those Tensor Calculus equations, no one yet has solved them!

Einstein died in 1955. Around 1960, various groups of physicists decided that they were free to apply speculative assumptions to simplify Einstein's equations, and then they could solve their simplified problem. Unfortunately, the various groups of mathematicians and physicists had made different assumptions (none of which were solidly based on logic!) and so they each got different answers! There is a strong likelihood that ALL of those resulting answers are wrong!

We want to go back to that orbiting ISS satellite and its Cesium clock, to now try to examine the time-rate effects of the centripetal orbital acceleration, which is the time-rate effect of General Relativity.

Here is the factor called the **Equivalency
Principle** in physics.
(c) represents the speed of light, 299,792.458 km/s^{2}. (a)
represents the local acceleration due to a gravitational field or other source
of acceleration. And (d) represents a distance, which is the orbital radius
distance in that gravitational field.

Note that the Equivalency Principle is a dimensionless parameter,
[m/s^{2}] * [m] / [m^{2}/s^{2}]

It is also true that both the acceleration and the distance happen to be Vector quantities, but both are always along the exact same direction, and so their Vector Product is the same as for Scalar numbers, so their Vector nature is irrelevant here.

The ISS satellite is at 342.2 km altitude plus 6378 km Earth radius or
6720.2 km from the Earth's center and the gravitational acceleration it is
subjected to is around 8.827 meters/sec^{2}. This results in the
Equivalency Factor for the ISS being 1 + 0.000 000 000 330

This then results in the (perceived) **General
Relativity time-rate effect on the ISS (as seen from the Earth's surface as)
being 1.000 000 000 330 **(this is more than 1.0000 so therefore it is
a time-rate speeding effect).

I find it fascinating
that for the ISS in a circular orbit, the Time Dilation factor for the ISS due
to the speed is **0.999 999 999 669**,
while the Time Speeding factor due to the acceleration, per General Relativity
is **1.000 000 000 330**

These two time-rate Relativistic effects are both constantly in effect so the two time-rate factors have to be multiplied and they have opposite time-rate effects to each other, where their product is incredibly close to experimentally being exactly 1.000 000 000 net time-rate effect!

**Please note that this is a
mathematical proof that the two Relativistic time-rate effects exactly cancel
each other out (for the person on the ISS), within any conceivable error
factor.**

We might try to claim that the passengers on the ISS do not detect any
acceleration and so we could claim that they were in an**
**Inertial Rest Frame of Reference.

Since the ISS passengers do not feel any acceleration, and they
therefore feel that they are in an Inertial Rest Frame of Reference, what do
they see when they look down at Earth? They would see the surface of the Earth
constantly zooming past their (apparently, to their, stationary) satellite. **
By all the laws of science, they would see an apparent
Time Dilation effect where everyone on Earth would seem to be living and moving
slower than they would in their spacecraft!**

**The Earthbound scientists and their
Cesium clocks would detect the apparent Time Dilation time-rate effect on the
ISS satellite and its occupants and its clock. **

**Simultaneously, the scientists on
board the ISS and their Cesium clock would detect the apparent Time Dilation
time-rate effect on the Earth's surface and its billions of occupants and its
Cesium clocks!**

**If there were not any acceleration
due to the orbiting or the rotation of the Earth then, yes, they actually could
both see the others as apparently living more slowly than they live!**
That sounds impossible but it is certainly possible. Special Relativity and
its effects are only for straight line flight, no acceleration, where the
duration of an encounter would necessarily be rather brief.

**For a satellite, which is orbiting
and therefore constantly accelerating, that is not possible**.
In fact, this reasoning proves that the time effects of General Relativity is
opposite that of Special Relativity, and the calculations done above for a man
standing at the Equator and for a satellite even show that the two opposing
time effects exactly cancel each other out. Because of the two time-rate
effects, and the fact that they are opposite, the satellite and its passengers
could orbit for as long as desired without becoming older or younger than
"twin brothers left on Earth!"

That is, for the ISS, the SR Dilation time-rate effect of speed of **
0.999 999 999 669** times the GR Speeding
time-rate effect of acceleration of **1.000 000
000 330** is exactly unity!

We already showed the math that for a person at the Equator of the
Earth, the SR Dilation time-rate effect of speed of **
0.999 999 999 998 796 560** times the GR Speeding time-rate
effect of acceleration of **1.000 000 000 001
203 440** is exactly **1.000 000 000 000 000 000** within experimental
measurement error!

NASA has sent the ISS into a higher orbit recently, so the numbers cited here from NASA are now out-of-date.

Reference was made to the **Twins
Paradox story** of around 1962, which is similar to the example
mentioned above. The Twins Paradox is (wrongly) similar in that it **
assumes no acceleration and therefore, no General
Relativity**, in order for the Time Dilation effect to seem to be
accurate and correct. **There were two huge logical errors in the setup of that
story.** The really obvious one is that they only considered their story from
the rest frame of a non-accelerating Earth. The Earth brother would see the
spaceship brother appear to be aging more slowly than him. But they overlooked
an important fact that Einstein made clear, that anyone in an inertial
rest-frame can equally look at the Universe! **They
overlooked that everything can be looked at from the rest frame of the
non-accelerating spaceship**. Per Einstein's Special Relativity and
Time Dilation, he would certainly see the earthbound brother appear to be aging
more slowly than himself. Both of these situations would be occurring
simultaneously! **They both would see their
twin brother as aging more slowly than him! **Relativity has some peculiar
aspects to it, and this is one of them!

The second huge logical error is that **the
Twins Paradox story totally ignores the fact that there has to be massive
acceleration and deceleration occurring during much, most of such a trip**.
Given any acceleration rate that humans could survive, the process of getting
up to any velocity close to the speed of light, takes a long time, many months,
and then many months of deceleration to slow down to an Inertial Rest Frame of
Reference on any destination planet. The analysis above shows that the effect
of all that acceleration is substantial and it is opposite the Time Dilation
effect which does famously appear to occur during the "coasting"
(Special Relativity) part of the trip. A very thorough examination of all the
true effects show that the Time Speeding effects during the acceleration and
deceleration exactly cancel out the Time Dilation effects of the well known
Time Dilation time-rate effect during the coasting phase. **
Any such entire trip (beginning from and ending in the
same Inertial Rest Frame of Reference) necessarily has no time paradox at all!
**A thorough presentation of that analysis is at http://mb-soft.com/public2/twinspar.html
*The Twins Paradox is Wrong*

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