In 1992, we launched Pioneer 10, which is leaving the solar system. As it reaches further away from the sun, it has begun to decelerate.
Scientists believe to have discovered the solution. They are proposing that particles leaving the spacecraft as heat are pushing against the forward momentum of the craft slowing it.
“I beg to differ.”
Using the good old formula F=MA, that simply does not seem to add up.
I read about this anomaly years ago and have noodled the issue for, well years.
Time is not a constant.
We here on earth think of time as purely a linear progression that we measure with clocks, watches, and calendars.
For years we have all seen the model of the solar system on a green grid with the sun, planets and other bodies all warping the fabric of space as they “fall” in their respective orbits.
Picture the solar system not on a horizontal plane but inside a bubble. Maybe it is an oblong bubble and not a perfect sphere but a bubble never the less.
Now picture the other things inside that solar system in their respective bubbles, each creating a bubble that is respective of its mass.
That bubble is warped space. Its intensity of warpage is directly proportional to the amount of gravity.
When we see these huge storms on the sun that go on for days, or the Magellanic Clouds that seem to be frozen in time, this is our first clue that time is not a constant.
If we could build a craft that could tolerate the heat of the sun and orbit it much closer to the sun, I also suspect that the storms on the sun would happen at an accelerated rate. That craft would be in a different “local time.”
Much like traveling through the country we pass time zones and date zones. If you hopped in your faster than lightspeed spaceship with your version of the flux capacitor and left to see the Horsehead Nebula, when you got there, it would not be there.
Leaving your “local time” heading outside of the solar system would put you into another time zone. Instead of being based on some ancient 60 seconds to the minute, the next “bubble might be 75 seconds to the minute.”
Traveling between the Bubbles in that area of empty space, where gravity does not play a role might very well find you traversing the distance in “no time,” as there is nothing there to create the bubble!
Pioneer 10 and 11 are slowing because they are reaching the end of this bubble and entering into another local time. Once outside the bubble of the Milky Way, I suspect it will speed up significantly.
Where the demarcation point of that bubble is, is truly a mystery.
This postulation can be proved or disproved with a simple test.
As the spacecraft get further away, does the bit rate of the telemetry change at all, even in the slightest?
The bit rate should not change with distance, only time!
I am a science fiction writer. I don’t pretend to understand the books of math that these scientists do. Because I don’t constrain my thought process to what I can find a formula for, I can think outside the box.
The postulations no matter how preposterous they may seem to the scientific community, I claim them as mine and hold that copyright.
They may very well find themselves in one of my next novels which is possibly the only place that they belong.
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