Monday, 24 December 2012

The science of Santa, or the time dialation of giving

Santa Claus, also known as Saint Nicholas, Father Christmas and simply "Santa", is a figure with legendary, mythical, historical and folkloric origins.
If we assume that Santa has to travel 510,000,000km on Christmas Eve, and that he has 32 hours to do it (see here for the reasoning behind those numbers), then Santa will be travelling at 10,703,437.5km/hr, or about 1,800 miles per second, all night (assuming he never stops: some sort of sleigh-mounted present-launcher will be required to shoot gifts down chimneys while moving.
Also assuming that each of these 91.8 million stops are evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false but for the purposes of our calculations we will accept), we are now talking about .78 miles per household, a total trip of 75½ million miles, not counting stops to do what most of us must do at least once every 31 hours, plus feeding and etc.
This means that Santa’s sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second, 3000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest manmade vehicle on earth, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second a conventional reindeer can run, tops, 15 miles per hour.
The payload on the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium-sized Lego set (2 pounds), the sleigh is carrying 321,300 tons, not counting Santa, who is invariably described as overweight. On land, conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting that "flying reindeer" could pull TEN times their normal amount, we cannot do the job with eight, or even nine. We need 214,200 reindeer. This increases the payload not even counting the weight of the sleigh to 353,430 tons.
353,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance this will heat the reindeer up in the same fashion as a spacecraft re-entering the earth’s atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer with absorb 14.3 QUINTILLION joules of energy. Per second. Each. In short, they will burst into flame almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them, and create deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team will be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second. Santa, meanwhile, will be subjected to centrifugal forces 17,500.06 times greater than gravity. A 250-pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of his sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force.
While conventional physics explain the impossibility, unconventional science fiction might have hold some clues. Obtaining the speeds that is required to be achieved in one night might, one would assume each task of gift giving is shorten due to the time constraints. Instead it is likely that the task maybe performed as we see it as magical, but in theory be a time dilation.

In the theory of relativity, time dilation is an actual difference of elapsed time between two events as measured by observers either moving relative to each other or differently situated from gravitational masses.While time is moving forward conventionally on earth. Santa may experience the effects a time dilation that will allow him to travel and become invisible to most people. Also not excluding the fact that an improbability drive, can theoretically allow the traveler the unique ability to appear in anywhere in the universe or local depending on the drive characteristics.
 While limited in our knowledge of dimensional space the likely hood of carrying toys in Santa's sack. It seems impossible to explain the 850,000 toys that needs to be distributed over the world. While 3D printers are a reality, its most likely that toys are possibly manufactured in transit. The other explanation is that dimensional space can allow a pocket universe to exist in a relatively small area with only a doorway between the two universes. The Tardis theory will allow the comfort of travel and infinite space for gift storage. Transdimesional engineering may explain the possibility of storage, it can also be the key to enter someones home.  As portals can be expanded to the point at which a human can enter. It can also be the reduced to pass through chimneys or small holes in the wall. AS we grow into Adulthood, we are likely to explain away the unrealistics of magic as a fictional possibility. Science may have a small grasp of what is or not possible, but the truth is that most people like the unknown and would use faith to continue the fictional possibility. If you believe in Santa claus or not, just make sure you have a good time this Christmas..... Merry Christmas everyone from MYDOGISDEAD...

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