NASA: There Is A Space-Time Vortex Around Earth

Doctor Who VortexAh, now we know why the Doctor visits our planet so often. Via NASA’s website:

Einstein was right again. There is a space-time vortex around Earth, and its shape precisely matches the predictions of Einstein’s theory of gravity.

Researchers confirmed these points at a press conference today at NASA headquarters where they announced the long-awaited results of Gravity Probe B (GP-B).

“The space-time around Earth appears to be distorted just as general relativity predicts,” says Stanford University physicist Francis Everitt, principal investigator of the Gravity Probe B mission.

“This is an epic result,” adds Clifford Will of Washington University in St. Louis. An expert in Einstein’s theories, Will chairs an independent panel of the National Research Council set up by NASA in 1998 to monitor and review the results of Gravity Probe B. “One day,” he predicts, “this will be written up in textbooks as one of the classic experiments in the history of physics.”

Time and space, according to Einstein’s theories of relativity, are woven together, forming a four-dimensional fabric called “space-time.” The mass of Earth dimples this fabric, much like a heavy person sitting in the middle of a trampoline. Gravity, says Einstein, is simply the motion of objects following the curvaceous lines of the dimple.

Read More: NASA’s website

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  • Jackedu317

    space-time vortex huh… i guess that’s why they faked the moon landing… sounds like a load of crap to me…

  • Jackedu317

    space-time vortex huh… i guess that’s why they faked the moon landing… sounds like a load of crap to me…

    • http://twitter.com/Mo0ps Mo0ps

      I just gave Buzz your home address. You can expect your punch to the jaw in 2-3 days. Thank you come again. Here’s a preview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUI36tPKDg4

      • quartz99

        lol I’ve never seen that clip. That’s awesome! And totally deserved.

      • Tuna Ghost

        I will never get tired of that video footage, they ought to put it next to the moon rocks in the Smithsonian. “This is a Moon rock, and this is the man that will put a foot up your ass if try to tell him it isn’t”

    • Dasdas

      idiot

  • Mr. Coffee

    There is a space-time “vortex” around all matter. Yes, including… PEOPLE!

    OH GOD

  • Mr. Coffee

    There is a space-time “vortex” around all matter. Yes, including… PEOPLE!

    OH GOD

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  • Anonymous

    Can anybody explain this for a simpleton like myself?

  • Anonymous

    Can anybody explain this for a simpleton like myself?

    • chubby

      think of space (3d) plus time (1d) all as a flattened out fabric, even a table top, depending on the mass of an object, it will put a dimple in that fabric, the depth of that dimple, its displacement and whatnot can be construed as the force gravity, the more the indent the object makes in the fabric, the larger the force gravity, something like that…and how could 4 d be flat? its just to make it easier..check out brane theory, others believe our world is but a skin in an onion, one of many…

      • HerpDerp

        Time isn’t one dimensional. Time is four dimensional. Just like a 2D object could only see impossibly thin slices of a 3d object if it had passed through a 2D realm, creatures in the third dimension can only see impossibly thin slices of time, the dimension above us. . That is why some people would consider the fourth dimension flat. I mean, it’s not flat, but we only have the ability to perceive it one “slice” at a time, so we perceive it as flat.

        • chubby

          yeah, thanks my bad, its been ages since Ive tried to explain something I am trying to picture in my head

        • Tuna Ghost

          Well I think the most popular explanation is that space/time is itself a four-dimensional thing, time itself being another “direction” and subject to the same forces of the other “directions” (gravity, namely).

        • quartz99

          You have that backwards. Time is the fourth dimension. It is one dimension of the four we can natively perceive. Any additional dimensions of time are hypothetical at this point (though some scientists believe there may be as many as ten or twelve dimensions of space and time based on mathematical theorems). Chubby’s explanation is accurate, so far as any simplified model can be accurate.

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bernard-Forand/100000738532782 Bernard Forand

             Quartz; Time is a 1 dimensional feature of four of our perceived dimensions. Those four from mathematical equations which exposes a total of 11 dimensions. I have a thought experiment which suggest that time is interlaced within all dimensions as is the first to the last. Imagine you and I board a train and take our seat. Einstein express. I ask you what time is it? You say it is 3’oclock and at that instant we accelerate on that light beam of 3’oclock as we look out the window we observe that we are on the out skirts of the Magellan Galaxy 2million light years from earth! I ask what time is it and you say why its only 3o’clock as we use the gravity well of that galaxy to return to our Milky Way to arrive just in time for 3o’clock on the same position of the light beam that we originally left on. Now question, the time on train, as we observed the sites, can we describe that as imaginary time? Perpendicular to the plane of time? Now imagine how many perpendicular off shoots you could have from that one eternal perpendicular time an eternal present point not future nor past always eternal to that point and time with imaginary time offshoots or realistic perpendicular time dispersals to all times of the present out unto infinity. How many dimensional eternities would that propagate? Interlaced with all present points of eternities of the past or the future. Infinity of eternity is at present where we are in travel on only 1 dimension of time. Conscious can embrace the infinity of eternity as it exist within in it as you do in a 4 dimensional sphere. Odd that your conscious is aware of this. Don’t you THINK? Conscious aware of what your 5 sense’s cannot. Now vortex of time brings up another interesting thought of space bent back upon itself! U….?

    • Mr. Coffee

      IT MEANS WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE

      • http://danaincroyable.tumblr.com Dana

        You’re funny.

    • Haystack

      It means that “spacetime,” the fabric of the universe, is warped by gravity, like you see in this picture:

      • Haystack

        …this very helpful picture that the comment system doesn’t seem to want to let me show you….*grins*
        http://plus.maths.org/latestnews/sep-dec05/Einstein/GPB1.jpg

        • Steve

          It means generaly speaking, the more the object weight in the space, the more is space-time line bent, look at the black hole that bent even light due to extreme gravity, as we know in modern physics that is a fact !

    • sailorgus

      These are the mind-gravity circuits that the spirit world (for those who believe in the afterlife) travel on. when one translates into living energy after death, traveling faster than light on these gravity circuits sure beats flying around in a spaceship. There is a vortex around planet earth and the great pyramid at Giza is its antennae. Been there in the psychedelic 60’s, and now science is proving what those of faith already know–we have Divine origins.

    • Jason Slupski

      “PBS: NOVA” and “The Universe” are a good start for the enthusiast. “Elegant Universe” if You want to see all the rest.

  • http://twitter.com/saysomethingwit Billie Nash

    It means we can’t get away from this.
    What A Way To Go:
    http://bit.ly/lXrEfz

  • http://twitter.com/saysomethingwit Billie Nash

    It means we can’t get away from this.
    What A Way To Go:
    http://bit.ly/lXrEfz

    • CeleryGeneral

      No, that’s not what it means.

  • http://twitter.com/saysomethingwit Billie Nash

    It means we can’t leave the planet.
    http://bit.ly/lXrEfz

  • chubby

    think of space (3d) plus time (1d) all as a flattened out fabric, even a table top, depending on the mass of an object, it will put a dimple in that fabric, the depth of that dimple, its displacement and whatnot can be construed as the force gravity, the more the indent the object makes in the fabric, the larger the force gravity, something like that…and how could 4 d be flat? its just to make it easier..check out brane theory, others believe our world is but a skin in an onion, one of many…

  • Anonymous

    No, that’s not what it means.

  • HerpDerp

    Time isn’t one dimensional. Time is four dimensional. Just like a 2D object could only see impossibly thin slices of a 3d object if it had passed through a 2D realm, creatures in the third dimension can only see impossibly thin slices of time, the dimension above us. . That is why some people would consider the fourth dimension flat. I mean, it’s not flat, but we only have the ability to perceive it one “slice” at a time, so we perceive it as flat.

  • chubby

    yeah, thanks my bad, its been ages since Ive tried to explain something I am trying to picture in my head

  • Mr. Coffee

    IT MEANS WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE

  • Haystack

    It means that “spacetime,” the fabric of the universe, is warped by gravity, like you see in this picture:

  • Haystack

    …this very helpful picture that the comment system doesn’t seem to want to let me show you….*grins*
    http://plus.maths.org/latestnews/sep-dec05/Einstein/GPB1.jpg

  • Hadrian999

    the real question is could superman really reverse time by flying around the earth really fast?

  • Hadrian999

    the real question is could superman really reverse time by flying around the earth really fast?

    • smooth_operator

      I don’t think Einstein or many of the other major players in physics ever meant to portray time travel in physics as the time travel we see in popular culture.

      • Tuna Ghost

        Except for Doctor Who, of course. That’s why the TARDIS is shown in the graphic.

      • Jason Slupski

        It was made WATCHABLE. Don’t HATE!

  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

    Time Travel, people. Focus. How does this effect our prospects of time travel and/or age prevention? I read the whole article, and I still don’t see how time was brought in as directly relevant.

  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

    Time Travel, people. Focus. How does this effect our prospects of time travel and/or age prevention? I read the whole article, and I still don’t see how time was brought in as directly relevant.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Einstein or many of the other major players in physics ever meant to portray time travel in physics as the time travel we see in popular culture.

  • Tuna Ghost

    Well I think the most popular explanation is that space/time is itself a four-dimensional thing, time itself being another “direction” and subject to the same forces of the other “directions” (gravity, namely).

  • Tuna Ghost

    Except for Doctor Who, of course. That’s why the TARDIS is shown in the graphic.

  • http://twitter.com/Mo0ps Mo0ps

    I just gave Buzz your home address. You can expect your punch to the jaw in 2-3 days. Thank you come again.

  • Dasdas

    idiot

  • Anonymous

    You have that backwards. Time is the fourth dimension. It is one dimension of the four we can natively perceive. Any additional dimensions of time are hypothetical at this point (though some scientists believe there may be as many as ten or twelve dimensions of space and time based on mathematical theorems). Chubby’s explanation is accurate, so far as any simplified model can be accurate.

  • Anonymous

    lol I’ve never seen that clip. That’s awesome! And totally deserved.

  • http://www.miamiwebdesignpro.com miami web design

    good to know we can time travel…good shit.

  • http://danaincroyable.tumblr.com Dana

    You’re funny.

  • sailorgus

    These are the mind-gravity circuits that the spirit world (for those who believe in the afterlife) travel on. when one translates into living energy after death, traveling faster than light on these gravity circuits sure beats flying around in a spaceship. There is a vortex around planet earth and the great pyramid at Giza is its antennae. Been there in the psychedelic 60’s, and now science is proving what those of faith already know–we have Divine origins.

  • Tuna Ghost

    I will never get tired of that video footage, they ought to put it next to the moon rocks in the Smithsonian. “This is a Moon rock, and this is the man that will put a foot up your ass if try to tell him it isn’t”

  • Steve

    It means generaly speaking, the more the object weight in the space, the more is space-time line bent, look at the black hole that bent even light due to extreme gravity, as we know in modern physics that is a fact !

  • QDP

    No.

  • QDP

    No.

  • Jason Slupski

    It was made WATCHABLE. Don’t HATE!

  • Jason Slupski

    “PBS: NOVA” and “The Universe” are a good start for the enthusiast. “Elegant Universe” if You want to see all the rest.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bernard-Forand/100000738532782 Bernard Forand

     Quartz; Time is a 1 dimensional feature of four of our perceived dimensions. Those four from mathematical equations which exposes a total of 11 dimensions. I have a thought experiment which suggest that time is interlaced within all dimensions as is the first to the last. Imagine you and I board a train and take our seat. Einstein express. I ask you what time is it? You say it is 3’oclock and at that instant we accelerate on that light beam of 3’oclock as we look out the window we observe that we are on the out skirts of the Magellan Galaxy 2million light years from earth! I ask what time is it and you say why its only 3o’clock as we use the gravity well of that galaxy to return to our Milky Way to arrive just in time for 3o’clock on the same position of the light beam that we originally left on. Now question, the time on train, as we observed the sites, can we describe that as imaginary time? Perpendicular to the plane of time? Now imagine how many perpendicular off shoots you could have from that one eternal perpendicular time an eternal present point not future nor past always eternal to that point and time with imaginary time offshoots or realistic perpendicular time dispersals to all times of the present out unto infinity. How many dimensional eternities would that propagate? Interlaced with all present points of eternities of the past or the future. Infinity of eternity is at present where we are in travel on only 1 dimension of time. Conscious can embrace the infinity of eternity as it exist within in it as you do in a 4 dimensional sphere. Odd that your conscious is aware of this. Don’t you THINK? Conscious aware of what your 5 sense’s cannot. Now vortex of time brings up another interesting thought of space bent back upon itself! U….?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Bernard-Forand/100000738532782 Bernard Forand

     Quartz; Time is a 1 dimensional feature of four of our perceived dimensions. Those four from mathematical equations which exposes a total of 11 dimensions. I have a thought experiment which suggest that time is interlaced within all dimensions as is the first to the last. Imagine you and I board a train and take our seat. Einstein express. I ask you what time is it? You say it is 3’oclock and at that instant we accelerate on that light beam of 3’oclock as we look out the window we observe that we are on the out skirts of the Magellan Galaxy 2million light years from earth! I ask what time is it and you say why its only 3o’clock as we use the gravity well of that galaxy to return to our Milky Way to arrive just in time for 3o’clock on the same position of the light beam that we originally left on. Now question, the time on train, as we observed the sites, can we describe that as imaginary time? Perpendicular to the plane of time? Now imagine how many perpendicular off shoots you could have from that one eternal perpendicular time an eternal present point not future nor past always eternal to that point and time with imaginary time offshoots or realistic perpendicular time dispersals to all times of the present out unto infinity. How many dimensional eternities would that propagate? Interlaced with all present points of eternities of the past or the future. Infinity of eternity is at present where we are in travel on only 1 dimension of time. Conscious can embrace the infinity of eternity as it exist within in it as you do in a 4 dimensional sphere. Odd that your conscious is aware of this. Don’t you THINK? Conscious aware of what your 5 sense’s cannot. Now vortex of time brings up another interesting thought of space bent back upon itself! U….?

  • Stanhai656

    This isn’t really news….we’ve known for a long time that anything with mass has a gravity field and that gravity distorts time/space.

  • Stanhai656

    This isn’t really news….we’ve known for a long time that anything with mass has a gravity field and that gravity distorts time/space.

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