Is a length contraction just a visual thing?

Discussion in 'Pseudoscience' started by absolute-space, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. river Valued Senior Member

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    My point in my post # 342 and #559 is true .
     
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  3. Dywyddyr Penguinaciously duckalicious. Valued Senior Member

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    Nope: it depends on where you're taking the measurements from.
     
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  5. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I don't think you guys are getting Riv.
    He's simply asserting that the relativistic observer must measure the properties of the Moon remotely.
    Whizzing by the Moon at .9999c does not cause the Moon itself to undergo any time dilation or length contraction. Those effects are a property of the relative motion between the two FoRs.
    Anyone else who wishes to stop off at the Moon (in its rest frame), while the relativistic observer is whizzing by, does not observe or experience any dilation or contraction on the Moon.

    That's really all he's saying.
     
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