Time-Traveling’ on an Airplane: One of the Cheapest Tests of Relativity

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Apparently, catching a flight makes you time travel. In the 1980s, a pair of scientists discovered that people experience a miniscule amount of time dilation — the notion that time moves differently for moving objects compared to unmoving objects — during international flights. After catching planes going in opposite directions, the atomic clock they brought on the eastern flight was nanoseconds behind atomic clocks on the ground, while the one going west was nanoseconds ahead, going forward in time. Read full article here

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