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### Author Topic: What happens to particles ejected by a star and moving at near light speed?  (Read 1855 times)

#### AllenG

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##### What happens to particles ejected by a star and moving at near light speed?
« on: 23/07/2009 06:26:06 »
RS Ophiuchi is a binary system consisting of a red giant (RS Ophiuchi A) and a white dwarf (RS Ophiuchi B).
RS Ophiuchi B steals matter from the red giant and periodically explodes as a type 1A super nova.

RS Ophiuchi B also spews jets of matter at near light speed.  According to Einstein as matter accelerates it gains mass.  Would the particles of the stream cause gravitational disturbances if they traveled through our solar system since they should have near infinite mass?

« Last Edit: 23/07/2009 21:03:37 by chris »

#### lightarrow

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##### Re: What happens to particles ejected by a star and moving at near light speed?
« Reply #1 on: 23/07/2009 10:17:28 »
RS Ophiuchi is a binary system consisting of a red giant (RS Ophiuchi A) and a white dwarf (RS Ophiuchi B).
RS Ophiuchi B steals matter from the red giant and periodically explodes as a type 1A super nova.

RS Ophiuchi B also spews jets of matter at near light speed.  According to Einstein as matter accelerates it gains mass.
No, that's incorrect. Mass doesn't change with velocity.
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=16789.0
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=21363.0

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Would the particles of the stream cause gravitational disturbances if they traveled through our solar system
Yes, because not only mass, but energy too (and stress, and momentum) compare in the Einstein's equation
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Introduction_to_general_relativity

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since they should have near infinite mass?
Maybe a great value, but certainly not "near infinite"

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##### Re: What happens to particles ejected by a star and moving at near light speed?
« Reply #1 on: 23/07/2009 10:17:28 »