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If one could travel at the hourly rate of the Earth’s rotation, would time stand still?

Fifteen degrees of longitude east or west of the Greenwich meridian, adds or subtracts one hour of time depending on direction of travel. If one could travel at the hourly rate of the Earth’s rotation; would time stand still?
George Burch from Cumbria (Age 55+)


2 Responses

  1. No, the only thing that would happen is that you would stay in the same position relative to the Sun.

    If you adjusted your watch for the place you were in, the time would appear to be the same, give or take an hour or so. But remember that as you crossed the dateline, you would move into the next or previous day.

    The only way I know of stopping time completely is (theoretically) to travel at the speed of light. Maybe someday we will find a way to “bend” time and space in such a way to all stay young!

  2. Clearly not. Your clock will stay static (within the bounds of 1 hour) as your travel around the Earth – as you indicated. Then you’ll cross the international date line which will require you to put your clock forward and compensate for all the other hours you lost.

    Sorry to give a rather boring negative answer. However, nature does make things more interesting if we probe things further.
    Without going into all the details – special relativity does say that time slows down for things that are moving (relative to others) – so actually time would run a little bit slower for you …… but in reality the effect would be negligible (although it has been measured).

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