12 Facts About Time That Is Mind-boggling
We all grow older and experience time as something that is persistent. A clock ticking away second after second. However, time isn’t always what we think it is, in fact, rarely is that the case. Take a look at 12 weirdly interesting facts we found about time.
12 e = mc2
Albert Einstein established, through his theory of relativity, that time is not always the same. In fact, gravity has an effect on time. The stronger the gravity – the slower time passes.
In effect this means that time will move slower for your feet than it will for your head. Don’t worry though, the influence is very small on Earth. A black hole will affect time on a much more dramatic scale – more about that in this article.
11 One full day
When the Earth makes a full rotation of itself, it is considered one day. Most of us believes that to be 24 hours. At our point in time a full day is actually 23 hours 56 minutes and 4,2 seconds.
This changes due to the slight difference in the Earth’s axis around the sun every day.
10 Time is an illusion
Human beings experience time as a linear line. That’s not the case for physics though. Space and time are influenced mostly by two factors: Gravity and you. That’s right – your movement has an influence on how you experience time.
The mastermind Albert Einstein put it this way: “For us physicists, the distinction between past, present and future is only an illusion, however persistent.”
9 The speed of time
What we see around us doesn’t happen at the same time as when we see it. We only observe the light reflected from objects, and light takes time to move.
So when you see someone coming towards you, what you see has already happened. When you see the light of a distant star, that star could have already turned into a supernova.
8 Life flies by
As you grow older life seems to go faster. The reason has to do with the space newer experiences take up in our minds. Newer experiences seem to dominate our conscience while older experiences mostly slowly fade to “the background”.
This explains why life does feel shorter as you grow older. The cumulative memories of your life, are constantly being pushed “back” to make way for new ones.
7 The age of the universe
Even though subject to constant change most scientists will claim the universe to be more than 13 billion years old. Were we to turn all of that time time in to a single year our calendar would look like this:
January 1st: Big Bang…
September 14th: Formation of the world…
Dec 31st 11:59:40: Birth of Christ