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Time runs a little slower with altitude
According to the laws of physics, the faster you move, the slower time flows. At sea level the hearth turns at a speed of 0,4651014345 kilometres per second, whereas at an altitude of 1500 metres, it turns faster than 0,4651188431 km/s. This means that the higher we go, the less we get older! This is what Albert Einstein said, in theorizing the Relativity law.
This is good news for all of you who have always choose the mountains as your holidays destination: everytime you go home, you will have earned a little time.
Just few millionth of a second, but life is made of small satisfactions, isn’t it?
Also your week of rest will be slightly longer than expected (and without even affecting your holidays)
And what about the gravitational timestretching?
Yes, I know: Albert Einstein also said that the further we get from the centre of gravity, the faster time runs (I’ve looked it on Wikipedia!). Therefore, the higher we go, the faster our watch hands turns (although we also weigh a little less)
SO, DOES TIME SPEED UP OR SLOW DOWN IN THE FASSA VALLEY, BETWEEN THE DOLOMITES?
The answer has been given to us by two American researchers of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. They have put two extremely precise atomic stopwatches (so precise that they lose one second every 3,7 billions of years) one 33 centimetres above the other.
The higher stopwatch ‘ages’ a billionth of a second every year.
Unfortunately, after spending a week of holidays at an altitude of 1308 metres in San Giovanni –Vigo di Fassa- at the age of 8 you will be two billionth of a second older.
Fresh and pure air, the Dolomites, open air activities, sports, relax and good food: maybe it is worth it!
This is what the German scientist used to say to those who preferred the sea over the mountain.