The following are some thoughts I had the other day. Maybe it will spark a story idea in someone, or a discussion in the comments. Sorry if anyone of you find this post boring. I will return to my usual family/writing posts tomorrow.
It is known that the light we see from stars at night originated long ago. In other words, when you look up at the sky you are peering into the past. It could be that a star you see tonight doesn’t even exist any more. With the help of the Hubble telescope, Astronomers are able to see further into the universe’s past. I was contemplating this the other day and a few questions came into my mind.
Lets imagine that in the distant future we are finally able to travel at the speed of light. In fact, let’s say we are able to travel beyond the speed of light. Assuming we somehow manage to have unlimited or regenerating fuel, call it “Magic Pixie Dust”, would we be able to travel far enough to witness the birth of the universe? As soon as our vessel stopped, would time suddenly catch up to us?
O.K. so we were able to witness the birth of the universe. Would there be any way to communicate this information with our peers on Earth? By the time we returned to Earth it would be millions of years later, or if we never slowed down, could we return to Earth just after we left on our journey. Or, would we have to somehow send our message at speeds beyond the speed of light in order for it to return to Earth in time.
Who knows the answers to any of these questions? Our children’s, children’s, children’s, etc. will not know the answers. Man may never achieve the speed of light. It is fun to think about what if, though.