Could we actually see Earth being created?

Jordan (@MoonMan) 8 years, 7 months ago

You know how when viewing a star at, say, 1,000 light years away, one is actually viewing the star as it was 1,000 years ago because that’s how long it took for it’s light to reach our eyes? What if we could somehow develop space-travel technology and travel 4.5 billion (roughly Earth’s age) light years away from Earth and then observe what actually happened during its infancy? I’m sure there are some problems with this idea, but it just hit me the other night when I was star-gazing.

June 28, 2013 at 12:15 pm
Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@MoonMan, You would have to travel faster than the speed of light, otherwise there is not a problem.

but that is a fucking huge problem.

but very cool idea. You could watch all of history unfold – if you had a good enough telescope.

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Jordan (3) (@MoonMan) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, right, haha. I have read, however, that NASA is working on a faster-than-light warp drive. I’m just thinking with future technology, it may be possible to travel faster than we could imagine. Although, traveling 4.5 billion light years is something that I don’t see happening.

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Anonymous (328) (@) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

THE BIRTH OF A PLANET, coming to a theater near you. Watch as our solar system unfolds in this mind boggling, astral journey of a lifetime.

I would watch it.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@MoonMan, That proposal is quite old, and its based on mathematically verifying it. . .

I don’t think they believe it to be possible with existing technology – at all. We don’t know of anything that can bend space/time in an unequal manner that is involved in the proposal.

All we know is gravity effects space-time in a inverse-square relationship, and is a function of radius, and thus spherical. The proposal requires space-time to be bent in a very specific geometry, and its not spherical.

not to mention it would probably kill you to just sit in the thing, even if it was at rest.

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Anonymous (2,833) (@) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@motorik, @MoonMan, But you know what would be sweet.

Ok, lets say we teleport a giant ass telescope camera 5 billion years away, and then we start accelerating it towards Earth… You would eventually get to see the entire Earth’s history pass by in as little or as long a time as you want… If you accelerated fast enough you could watch the Earth’s history unfold in a minute’s time! What a blur…

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Anonymous (16) (@) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

One of the best Ideas I have ever heard. @MoonMan

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Anonymous (328) (@) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@ijesuschrist, My fucking god. It would be hilarious if it just turned out to be a huge space fart in the time lapse. GIVE ME MY MONEY BACK.

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DaFunks (366)M (@Dafunks) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

It depends on what you are talking about. Earth formed over a very long time. It depends on what you see as earth. The theory is that the earth we live on now is 2 planets that hit (Which is why the moon is here).

You would also need to travel over so far to see it. OVER 4.54 billion light years away. Thats a long way.

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Jordan (3) (@MoonMan) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

I realize that it would be impossible to do this with modern-day technology, but, to me, the concept itself is mind blowing. Do I think we’ll ever be able to do this? Probably not. However, the fact that it is somewhat possible makes thinking about it very enjoyable.

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Americantstoprockin (6) (@Americantstoprockin) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

Sure. Fire up the Delorean, plug 4.5 billion years ago in the Garmin, start cruising at about 186,000 miles per second, and try not to blink.

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Filip (2,818)M (@filipek) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@MoonMan, I think we would have to lose our concept of how we define travel and time right now. It is not about getting at that point, it is about being there (quantum physics). Getting there is bound by other laws as being there. We need to be there.

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DaFunks (366)M (@Dafunks) 8 years, 7 months ago ago

@filipek, I agree. I do wonder if it is possible. I am not sure. I always think about the whole story of Babylon 5. I think we need to completely change everything about us to be able to even think about things like this.

It is also like the book Flatland. We just have no idea… If we did it would mind fuck us.

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