Gravity and Time: What does it all mean?

By Aidann Merrel, Talon Staff Writer

Gravity and time, a touchy subject if you think about it. Some of the greatest minds of this century have tried to understand how gravity affects time, and if there really is such a thing as time. A person would have to know their physics and math to put together a plausible explanation. Modern Science tells us though, that one second on earth is a lot faster in space, just as a second is a lot slower on the planet Jupiter. Many have proposed the idea that time is affected by the mass of a planet. All planets are different sizes, meaning time is different on each one. Space on the other hand, has no physical mass. The lack of a gravitational pull in space, makes time a lot faster. But no one can be 100% sure about it.

On an even greater scale, time itself isn’t a proven fact either. Time was a measurement made by man to calculate the space between the sun rising and the sun setting. Seconds, minutes, hours; they are all just a way to see how much longer it is till the sun sets, or rises. So far, it’s been impossible to explain what time is, and how it works. We don’t even know if gravity affects it. Still, twice every year, we have an event called Daylight Savings Time.

Daylight Savings Time is when everyone moves their clocks exactly one hour ahead in spring, or one hour behind if it’s in the autumn. It’s because the days become longer during the spring and summer, and shorter during fall and winter. Some say it’s useless, but I think that it’s extremely helpful. It helps us keep track of the times that there is light out, so we can plan our days accordingly. On the downside, people will have to adjust their sleeping patterns again. This quote from Wikipedia will enlighten you on the history, and founding of Daylight Savings Time…

“The modern idea of daylight saving was first proposed in 1895 by George Vernon Hudson and it was first implemented by Germany and Austria-Hungary starting on 30 April 1916. Many countries have used it at various times since then, most consistently since the energy crises of the 1970s.”

… People have both praised and criticized the idea of having to change their way of life so frequently, even though the adjustments of the clock only happen twice a year.

God made this universe, crafting it with his hands and using his vivid imagination to form every planet, creature, and object with time and thought. We humans are always trying to find some way to measure God’s creation, if it’s a second, an hour, an inch, or centimeter, God made it all.

“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”

God was always there, and will always be there. He has no beginning and no end, he is the king who reigns forever. So remember, whatever an “hour” actually turns out to be, we loose one this upcoming weekend as we set our clocks ahead this Sunday, March ninth!