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Dodge

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If I flew in a plane that, for example, could travel at light speed, due west, I would cross time zones faster the hours would advance, right?

 

So say I flew from VA to Japan -- I'd have to turn my watch back several hours. If I continued to fly due west and I had to keep turning time back, why wouldn't I turn back the date every 24 hours?

 

I'm trying to figure out how this works. Thoughts?

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Dangit Dodge... I just frickin' pulled a muscle trying to figure this out... but this is the best I got for ya (could be completely wrong):

 

If you spread the earth out like this

 

 

 

It'd be no different then going around a clock, because the time zones generally only apply within one 24 hour period of one individual day. So with every revolution around the earth, yeah, you would be changing your watch's time a lot, but it'd still be the time within the same day.

 

Im not actually sure that makes sense, but it does to me :thumbup

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Dangit Dodge... I just frickin' pulled a muscle trying to figure this out... but this is the best I got for ya (could be completely wrong):

 

If you spread the earth out like this

 

 

 

It'd be no different then going around a clock, because the time zones generally only apply within one 24 hour period of one individual day. So with every revolution around the earth, yeah, you would be changing your watch's time a lot, but it'd still be the time within the same day.

 

Im not actually sure that makes sense, but it does to me :thumbup

You're right. As you kept turning back your watch, the day would pop back once you hit Asia.

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So they put that dateline where nobody lives.. makes sense. It'd be cool to go out there in two boats. You and your buddy could be 25 feet away from each other and suppose you were to shoot him, you could say the bullet took a whole day to reach him. Weird.

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