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    If an object (yardstick for example) is straight in infinite space and then is moved into space that is warped by a massive object, would it appear to be warped? Would it appear to be warped as the mirror image to the warpage of the space?


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    Quote Originally Posted by thinkatron View Post
    If an object (yardstick for example) is straight in infinite space and then is moved into space that is warped by a massive object, would it appear to be warped?
    Appear from where?

    Would it appear to be warped as the mirror image to the warpage of the space?
    Huh?
    The answer, from what little I can parse of your meaning, is no.


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    As solid matter, it would warp spacetime around it, not be warped by spacetime.

    EM radiation that is without mass would follow the curvature. In a way... you could say that "placing" it near warped space will alter how it appears, I suppose. Though I would never word it that way.

    An example of this is gravitational lensing.
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    I'm not sure I understand the question.
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    The yard stick as an object in space would be warped because it would have the properties of the space it is in. However from within that space it would appear staright.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thinkatron View Post
    If an object (yardstick for example) is straight in infinite space and then is moved into space that is warped by a massive object, would it appear to be warped? Would it appear to be warped as the mirror image to the warpage of the space?
    Well, a solid object is mostly held together by electric forces, which ...... well they're bent insofar as the (virtual) photons which carry the effect follow a curved path in space.

    I think it would look warped but not to the full degree that the space around it is warped. If I'm right and the (virtual) photons that carry the electric force are following curved paths through space, then the object would be held together by curved electric fields, which would make it look curved.


    Mind you, to a local observer, it would look straight. Only an observer looking at it from outside the strong gravitational field would perceive any curvature.
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