Think of the Universe and many will think of the vastness of outer space. The distance from one planet nearest to another planet alone is mindblowing to say the least. So when it comes to looking at just how big the Universe really is then is it any wonder that the size of it all is uppermost in most people's minds? However the vastness of the Universe is still nothing compared to the infinite vastness of time.
Time may be just a concept, or a way of measuring how long it takes to move from point ‘a’ to point ‘b’ or to do something, but it is still a very real factor when trying to get somewhere that is a long, long way away.
So that being the case should we be thinking about all those other worlds out there that were full of living beings at one time maybe, like our earth is now, billions and billions of years ago before we came along? For all we know it could have been an alien race so far advanced in weapons of mass destruction a zillion years ago that blew themselves up and created what we call today the ‘Big Bang’ and started the Universe as we know it all over again?
The real big question however is - are we the last surviving life forms here on Earth in all of the vastness of time and space? Are all the other life forms out there all gone now and we are the remaining last of them?
So keeping all of that in mind can we really hope to travel to other far off distant planets and meet other alien races? Of course to even think about space travel we would first need to change our ideas on how to do that when it comes to interstellar space travel. Maybe a time machine could help on that one?
Imagine just how fast a spaceship would have to travel to even reach another world like our own. So maybe we need a spaceship that could also travel through time in addition to make it all possible?
For time travel to work however you would also need a machine that would be able to travel thousands upon thousands of miles through physical space in the blink of an eye in addition to time travel capabilities.
With time travel added to the mix then this could be done by jumping into the future and getting to our destination much faster. Yes I know, all getting a bit complicated now.
The thing is overcoming the vast distance of space also includes the time it takes to get somewhere, like another planet beyond our own system or the next nearest star of any worthy note, for example. To travel just 4 light years would take 6,000 years via the space travel methods we use today.
In the 1960’s, classic films and TV shows back then portrayed time travel as a machine that could move through time while still remaining in the same physical spot. The problem with that form of time travel however is that everything is moving through space also.
Good old planet Earth for example rotates at around a thousand miles per hour. It also travels through space at something in the region of 67,000 miles per hour. So now we have the problem of dealing with that in addition.
If a time machine is fixed solid within a specific point in space while moving through time only then just moving through time into the future by just one single hour would result in you ending up floating in space and planet Earth will be 67,000 miles away.
I don’t know about you but I don’t fancy that one bit. Anyway for time travel to really work you would also need a time machine that can travel through space very fast.
Based on that situation it would need to be able to travel 67,000 miles in the blink of the eye at the same time as moving through time itself to reach another destination or remain where you came from at that very starting point in space for it to all work when jumping forward in time by that single one hour. In simple terms you would need a machine that can calculate ‘Time And Relative Dimensions In Space’ or a ‘Tardis’ for short. Yes, a reference to the television show called Doctor Who.
By the way, imagine how many miles you would end up covering in a spaceship that could also travel through time in just one single year like that into the future? The mind boggles at it all.
I must admit I am now getting so very confused about it all. So before my head explodes at just thinking about it I will leave it at that.
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Article illustration: Star Trek Enterprise - television and film show.