P2_1 The Skywalker Twins Drift Apart

Thomas Griffiths, Duleep Vasudevan, Katie Herlingshaw, Mark Phillips


An investigation into the effect of relative velocity and gravitational time dilation on twins was performed. For twins travelling 0.28 and 7 days respectively, at slightly different relativistic speeds, respective time dilations of 62.6 days and 1.92 years were calculated. With one twin on the surface of a gas giant and the other one hundred times further away in orbit the total time needed to rectify this age gap using gravitational time dilation was 9.77x10^6 years, which was therefore unfeasible.

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