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It is an interesting hypothesis, and perhaps should be considered as part of Earth's mass balance. However, it would certainly be overwhelmed by other influences.Loss of mass from Hydrogen/Helium escape.Gain of mass from Absorption of Cosmic Rays, Meteorites, & Micrometeorites. Loss of mass through Fission.Loss of mass through radioactive decay of naturally occurring radioactive materials (as well as that produced by humans).Also the few interplanetary probes that Humans have launched.
if fotons are massless & co2 greenhouse traps fotons to warm globe, i'd think earth would be losing mass as a result?
Has anybody ever indisputably proven that Thermal Energy has mass?
Has anybody ever indisputably proven that Thermal Energy has mass?I was thinking one could build a 2-arm balance in a large NASA vacuum chamber and do an experiment with selectively heating one mass, but I think one would need an accuracy on the order of a few nanograms per ton, and I'm not sure if one could get that high of accuracy, especially with a lot of natural movement of the Earth.
Quote from: CliffordK on 04/02/2012 23:17:13Has anybody ever indisputably proven that Thermal Energy has mass?Einstein did a pretty good job of establishing the connection, and subsequent brutal experiments confirmed that he was right. It's difficult to imagine a more indisputable proof.