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Q: Satellites experience less time because they’re moving fast, but more time because they’re so high. Is there an orbit where the effects cancel out? Is that useful?
How fast would they have to orbit the Earth to cancel out the gravitational time dilation? The thumbnail sketch of time dilation is: fast things and low things experience less time. So satellites above our head experience a little more time because they’re high, but a little less because they’re moving. This speed, v g , is what you use to find how much time is going faster for the satellite. This speed, v s , is what you plug in to find how much time is going slower.
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