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Time and Light

My more typical writing leans into political positions or observations about society – but today, it’s science.  Over the years I seem to have discovered a few topics that fascinate and leave me wondering, well beyond my capacity to understand.  Hobbies include a crazy range from hiking around the Northwest and playing piano in my small studio to video editing, videography and technology.  On occasion I might write some code (computer), work on a website or read about HTML5 and CSS… books can span from stories about Robert Kroese’s wacky angel stories about Mercury, or Seal Teams to Quantum Mechanics and General Relativity and I think it was reading a QM book that I started thinking a little more about this topic of time and space.

Light: tonight on history channel, a show about Star Trek and the field of astronomy was shown… pretty fun to see real astronauts on the set of Star Trek, explaining to the actors how their work had inspired his career.  As you might imagine, it was a pretty cool moment as the actors were humbled to think their efforts provided the foundation for such endeavors as space walks and searching for other planets.

ok, back to my point about light.  If it’s true that any object approaching the speed of light will exist in a state of slowed time… it suggests that “at” the speed of light you have either no time or instant time everywhere. This might actually link GM to QM???

If light is indeed, transverse – being both wave and particle, then it must have mass of some kind (maybe not – I’m out of my league here) – if light does have some particle state then at the speed of light time no longer exists as it does for us.  My point being, if astronomers claim the night sky contains the old Carl Sagan “billions and billions” of stars and that light left those stars thousands or millions of years ago, then how can they claim that to be true?  If my assumption is correct, light travels exactly “at” the speed of light.  It is light, ergo…. it travels as such!  And as you approach the speed of light, time slows.  That would suggest at the speed of light time no longer moves forward and that light reaching our eyeballs is happening right now – not from thousands of years ago – light got here with no time passing.

Ok, it’s getting past my bedtime and maybe the tea was too strong tonight… whatever.  But you have to admit, this is an interesting point.

Goodnight.