Friday, 29 July 2011

England, time dilation and Gliese 581!!!!

Once more into this world we go with questions , questions and more questions. Good afternoon interweb. Well with the end of days rapidly approaching this has got me to wondering about maybe I should leave my green and pleasant land, my England which has been raped and ruined beyond my recognition by the politicians the masses voted in.
However, there is a floor in this initial plan, the end of days will kinda happen across the planet so just popping over the pond for a couple of weeks wont really show me any benefit. It is with this in mind that I have decided to leave this planet that resides at the bottom of a deep gravity well going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away.
The nearest planet to earth that could possibly sustain life would be Gliese 581 c. The details of which I have included towards the end of this post. Assuming I could travel at the speed of light it would take me around 20 Light years to reach. Now here's the problem, to reach light speed or even near light speed is gonna take some seriously pimped out spaceship. Even if I orbit earth using the earths gravity to help build up speed to then fly off really really fast I am still not going to reach near light speed. So that is my conundrum for the day. You see if I can get even close to light speed according to the time dilation effect described in Einstein's theory of relativity I would only experience a travel time of around 6 years whilst 20 years would pass on earth.
The now retired space shuttle would take around 760,514.108 years to get there so that's kinda redundant. So then, just over a year to find a way of travelling at light speed. My head hurts now so I'm going to lie down, Here is some information about Gliese 581.

Gliese 581 c (pronounced /ˈɡliːzə/) or G 581 c is a planet orbiting the red dwarf star Gliese 581. It is the second planet discovered in the system and the third in order from the star. With a mass at least 5.6 times that of the Earth, it is classified as a super-Earth (a planet of 1 to 10 Earth masses). Assuming that the planet's mass is close to the lower limit determined by radial velocity measurements (the true mass is unknown), it was the smallest known extrasolar planet around a main sequence star, but on April 21, 2009, another planet orbiting Gliese 581, Gliese 581 e, was announced with an approximate mass of 1.9 Earth masses, which is now the smallest known extrasolar planet around a main sequence star.

Gliese 581 c initially generated interest because it was originally reported to be the first potentially Earth-like planet in the habitable zone of its star, with a temperature right for liquid water on its surface, and by extension, potentially capable of supporting extremophile forms of Earth-like life. However, further research on the potential effects of the planetary atmosphere casts doubt upon the habitability of Gliese 581 c and indicates that the fourth planet in the system, Gliese 581 g, is a better candidate for habitability. In astronomical terms, the Gliese 581 system is relatively close to Earth, at 20.3 light years (192 trillion km or 119 trillion miles) in the direction of the constellation of Libra. This distance, along with the declination and right ascension coordinates, give its exact location in our galaxy. It is identified as Gliese 581 by its number in the Gliese Catalogue of Nearby Stars; it is the 87th closest known star system to the Sun.
Peace out yall THE BAGSTA XXX
NB. Light speed has not yet been achieved but I am working on it and will let you know as soon as I am there.

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