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 by Laramie Boyd
Time Travel
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        We look up at the night sky and we say, "See the moon." But the scientists tell us that we are not seeing the moon. It's similar to when we look into a mirror, say 3 feet away from the mirror, and we say, "Look at me." But we are not seeing us. We see a reflection of us. It is not us. We are 3 feet away from the mirror image of us. It is a picture of what we looked like in the past, as it takes time for the light from our body to reach the mirror and time to be reflected back to our eyes. Light takes time to travel through space, even for very short distances. So in the mirror we see what we used to look like. Of course the time involved is very short, as we are very close, relatively, to the mirror.
        But in the sky above us, objects we see are very far away. And so it takes time for light to travel these great distances. the speed of light is 186,000 miles per second, that's 696,600,000 miles per hour, so it takes light 1 1/3 seconds to travel from the moon to Earth, which is 240,000 miles away. And from the Sun, which is 93,000,000 miles away, it takes light 8 1/3 min. to reach Earth. So we always see the Moon and the Sun as they were in the past, never right now.
        There is no such thing as seeing something "right now." As soon as you say the words, right now, that right now is in the past. Right now is in the future. No matter how close to something we are, it takes the light we see from that something a certain amount of time to reach us. Light does not travel "instantaneously. The light from a star we see in the night sky that scientists say is 10 light years away (A light year is roughly 6 trillion, 6,000,000,000,000 miles) takes 10 years to get to Earth. We see the star as it was 10 years ago, and if the star exploded right now, we would not see that for another 10 years. For all we know, the things in the night sky may not exist, but if that is true we won't find that out until the light emitted when the event occurred is gone, which will vary in time according to how far the event is from Earth.
        We can never see things as they are happening. There is always a pause, no matter how slight, between when an event occurs and when we see it. We think time, and light, passes so quickly, but we imagine that, here on Earth, because we are so close to everything such that the time between the event and when the appearance of it reaches us is very short. Yes, very short. Traveling at the speed of light, an event 10 feet away from us would, obviously, not take much time before we saw it. The closest star to Earth, besides our Sun, is called Proxima Centauri, at over 4 light years distance, so it would take light from that star over 4 years to reach Earth. And it is there, among other places, where scientists speculate there might be planets capable of supporting life. Consider that a spaceship traveling 60,000 mph, the fastest Earth vehicle in space, would take in the neighborhood of 50,000 years to reach Earth from Proxima Centauri.
        So is it so hard to understand why scientists are, to say the least, skeptical, about believing that UFO's carrying ET's have been observed, and no one who says they have seen a UFO has ever presented any legitimate evidence to support their claim? On the other hand, consider that Einstein also theorizes that the faster objects move through space the slower time passes for them and any passengers aboard would age much slower. So a space ship, with aliens on board, that could approach the speed of light by some unknown power source, and the closer to 186,000 miles per second the ship traveled, the slower time would pass, conceivably could travel to Earth from Proxima Centauri in close to the 4 year time frame, and the aliens on board could be alive when they pass through Earth's air space. (This time difference due to travel speed has been shown scientifically to be the case.)
       I am skeptical.