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

63 Comments on "NASA: There Is A Space-Time Vortex Around Earth"

  1. Jackedu317 | May 5, 2011 at 8:13 pm |

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

  2. Jackedu317 | May 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm |

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

  3. Mr. Coffee | May 5, 2011 at 8:20 pm |

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

    OH GOD

  4. Mr. Coffee | May 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm |

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

    OH GOD

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  7. Anonymous | May 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm |

    Can anybody explain this for a simpleton like myself?

  8. Anonymous | May 5, 2011 at 4:35 pm |

    Can anybody explain this for a simpleton like myself?

    • 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 | May 5, 2011 at 7:39 pm |

        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.

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

        • Tuna Ghost | May 6, 2011 at 3:44 am |

          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).

        • 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.

          •  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 | May 5, 2011 at 8:10 pm |

      IT MEANS WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE

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

    • sailorgus | May 9, 2011 at 12:37 am |

      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 | May 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm |

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

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

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

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

  12. 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…

  13. Anonymous | May 5, 2011 at 11:36 pm |

    No, that’s not what it means.

  14. 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.

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

  16. Mr. Coffee | May 6, 2011 at 12:10 am |

    IT MEANS WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE

  17. Haystack | May 6, 2011 at 2:21 am |

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

  18. Haystack | May 6, 2011 at 2:22 am |

    …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

  19. Hadrian999 | May 6, 2011 at 3:11 am |

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

  20. Hadrian999 | May 5, 2011 at 11:11 pm |

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

    • smooth_operator | May 6, 2011 at 12:05 am |

      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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. Anonymous | May 6, 2011 at 4:05 am |

    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.

  24. Tuna Ghost | May 6, 2011 at 7:44 am |

    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).

  25. Tuna Ghost | May 6, 2011 at 7:46 am |

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

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

  27. idiot

  28. Anonymous | May 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm |

    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.

  29. Anonymous | May 6, 2011 at 2:58 pm |

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

  30. good to know we can time travel…good shit.

  31. You’re funny.

  32. sailorgus | May 9, 2011 at 4:37 am |

    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.

  33. Tuna Ghost | May 9, 2011 at 10:04 am |

    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”

  34. 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 !

  35. Jason Slupski | May 11, 2011 at 2:07 am |

    It was made WATCHABLE. Don’t HATE!

  36. Jason Slupski | May 11, 2011 at 2:09 am |

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

  37.  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….?

  38.  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….?

  39. Stanhai656 | Jun 20, 2011 at 7:02 pm |

    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.

  40. Stanhai656 | Jun 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm |

    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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