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  1. #1 Is crossing time zones actually real life time traveling? 
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    Hello, I'm new here and I love science. But as I was driving to my friends place who is a hour away from me; I notice that he is a hour ahead of me. For example. If I left for his house at 12:00pm and arrive at 1:00pm. My time CST. Then he would see me arriving at 2:00pm his time EST.

    When we talk on the phone. He is an hour ahead of me.
    It's 11pm where I am and It's already the next day where he is 12am.

    Isn't that a form of time traveling? Because he is talking to me a hour in the past from his point of view. And I'm talking to him a hour into the future from my point of view. Any thoughts on this theory?


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    Move the hour hand on your clock forward when you talk to him... all fixed


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zimmery "Reece Ran" Mac View Post
    Isn't that a form of time traveling? Because he is talking to me a hour in the past from his point of view. And I'm talking to him a hour into the future from my point of view. Any thoughts on this theory?
    No. You are talking to each other at the same time. You have simply chosen a convention to call these times by different names. An analogy would be if you had a friend whom you called Bob, but his mother called him Robert. Different names, same person.

    And so 1:30 for him, 12:30 for you; different names, same time.
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    Real Time is Universal Coordinated Time, and it is Zulu Time!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dan hunter View Post
    Real Time is Universal Coordinated Time, and it is Zulu Time!
    Perhaps I am old and jaded: what is the relevance of this to the OP?
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dan hunter View Post
    Real Time is Universal Coordinated Time, and it is Zulu Time!
    Perhaps I am old and jaded: what is the relevance of this to the OP?
    If the OP and his friend used a single ("real") time measurement (i.e. UTC) to coordinate their telephone calls, then the question wouldn't arise.
    Without wishing to overstate my case, everything in the observable universe definitely has its origins in Northamptonshire -- Alan Moore
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    Quote Originally Posted by Strange View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by John Galt View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dan hunter View Post
    Real Time is Universal Coordinated Time, and it is Zulu Time!
    Perhaps I am old and jaded: what is the relevance of this to the OP?
    If the OP and his friend used a single ("real") time measurement (i.e. UTC) to coordinate their telephone calls, then the question wouldn't arise.
    Ah! Thank you. So he has quantified and formalised my point. That makes sense.
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