Have you ever spent a weekend on the slopes when time flew by in the blink of an eye? Do you ever get the feeling that time moves faster when you’re in the mountains?
Einstein has an explanation: gravitational time dilation.
It’s all part of a theory you may have heard of: the Theory of Relativity. My layman interpretation of this part of the theory is that time, along with gravity, weakens as you get farther from the earth’s surface.
Scientist proved the theory by separating two synced atomic clocks at different altitudes. Sure enough, the clock at the higher elevation came back with a faster time.
Now, in the big scheme of things the time difference is negligible (think nanoseconds), but it’s there.
The depths of the science that explains the natural world around us are limitless. The more we learn, the more respect grows for the intricacies of our world.
So the next time you head up the hill, think about Einstein’s Theory of Relativity and know that gravitational time dilation is at play.