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Re: I Have One Problem With That.

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Posted by Bruce on November 20, 2000 23:38:20 UTC

Yes it does. If the observer is in the same reference frame as the clock (such as the clock is the observers wristwatch) then the clock measures the observers wristwatch time (proper time which is the actual time interval between events in spacetime for the observer). The rate at which clocks run is directly a consequence of the clocks relative speed and position in the gravitational well. For instance, corrections are continuously made to synchronize the atomic clocks on GPS satellites and atomic clocks at GPS systems on Earth to account for relativistic time dilation effects. Without this General realtivistic correction the Global Positioning System would be useless. If anybody is interested I can show you how this formula is derived from the Schwarzchild metric.

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