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Saturday, 12 January 2019

Time is an interesting thing.  It takes millions of years for the light of a star to reach our vision.  By the time we see the star it could already be exploded/imploded/whatever...just gone.  So here's my question.  Is it possible to travel far enough into the galaxy to see what is happening right now?  Could we then look backward and see our own future?  Are we already living on a planet that a million years from now is dead.  Is it dead right now and we are living in its past?  Is our 'right now' actually the past for someone even further away in the galaxy?  Which way in the galaxy is forward and which way is back?  And by the way, what is it forward or backward from?  Time is elastic/plastic and in actuality doesn't even exist.  Which begs the question.  Do we exist?  And on that cheery note I shall leave you to cut some more shelf liner...

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  1. You are asking some big crazy hard questions. I asked my husband, who loves galaxy and astronomical questions, and he said I dunno.

    I love it!!

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    1. I don't think anyone knows but it's interesting to think about isn't it?

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  2. I ask myself questions like this all the time and thought I was the only one - yes is the answer to all the questions. This is time travel, my friend!!!!

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    1. Oh thank goodness....sometimes I think I'm a raving nutcase headed on a fast track to the loony bin. If I am, it's good to know I have ompany lol.

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    2. Ah yes, there are so very many forms of madness, some people can be mad simply because they know too much and can't manage it and nobody else understands what they know ... that could be us. Why aren't scientists trying to travel into worm holes instead of looking at disfunctional/dead planets - worm holes could take us to different times/dimensions/planetary systems - I would quite like to be put in a capsule and shot into a worm hole when I expire and see if I can be resurrected - care to join me?

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  3. I've often asked myself similar questions. Sometimes I gaze up to the sky, when we here in the city can see something up there, and am in awe to realize how far I am looking into the past.

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    1. I miss being able to see the stars at night...when I was a child the sky was sprinkled with diamonds every night.

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  4. My mind hurts thinking about those issues. And I do. Time is an elastic trickster.
    I am lucky and the sky is still often diamond studded.

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    1. You are lucky. The last time I thought I saw a star it turned out to be a plane.

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  5. Fascinating questions, and my answer is, everything is real and everything matters, just ask my creditors!

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    1. Everything is real, everything matters and anything is possible....limitless, endless, possibilities.

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  6. You have too much time on your hands. You should line all the shelves in the house!

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  7. Interesting questions. I'm choosing to believe I/we exist.

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  8. Depends on the route. Each planet and such moves at own space and time.
    Coffee is on

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  9. I am just wondering what the weather will be this afternoon. I don’t get much more deep than that.

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    1. And just when you think you have THAT figured out everything changes.

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  10. About twice a year, I make it about 1/3 of the way through a physics book. I have a lot of 1/3 read physics books. They make me wish I'd been able to twist my head in sciency ways as a young person.

    Maybe the last 2/3 of those books would suck and not blow my mind, of course. We'll never know.

    Alas, almost everything I know or think about time travel comes from Doctor Who. Except that Einstein twins paradox. I can remember that, too.

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    1. So many brilliant minds have tried to explain the universe as they understand it. I`m thinking in the end it will all turn out to be something really simple and when we understand it at last it will all blow up. We are just a science lesson gone amuck.

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  11. Oh my goodness … this is making my head hurt!!!
    I'll just go and make a cuppa, everything in the world is fine with a nice cup of tea :)

    All the best Jan

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    1. Make it coffee for me and I'll join you.....it's all so confusing. More questions than answers on thi end.

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  12. Even though I know the light from stars is reaching us long after it's emitted, I don't think about that when I look at the sky. I just marvel at the beauty. I think that you, on the other hand, should have been a scientist!

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    1. I'm afraid I just don't have that kind of mind that can focus on the abstract all day every day. I have questions but I wouldn't be able to understand the answers.

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  13. I wish I was living in the past....last winter! :)

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  14. I would love to relive some portions of my life BUT only if I could go back knowing what I know now...otherwise....I'd still make the same stupid mistakes.

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  15. Pictures? :)
    So glad you are almost done.

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  16. My head spins with questions like yours but I'm sure there are a thousand stories held in them.

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