Velocity of the Earth

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Velocity of the Earth
« on: February 23, 2007, 11:22:14 AM »
I do not have a complete u7nderstanding of the Theory of Relativity.

I have this question, is it possible to measure the velocity of the Earth, according to FE? TOm Bishop said that we could just drop a rocket for space exploration off the edge of the Earth. Another question (or maybe the same question, sort off), hwhat would the occupants of the shuttle, or rocket, observe?
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Re: Velocity of the Earth
« Reply #1 on: February 23, 2007, 12:41:42 PM »
Well, compared to us (while not jumping or moving), the velocity of the Earth is 0. For an inertial reference point (non-moving) that's outside the Earth, the Earth is accelerating upwards at 9.8m/s/s, and is probably going really, really fast, approaching the speed of light until the Earth and the inertial observer are separated into absolute nowhere, and causality prevents that inertial observer from being an observer anymore.