The Short Film “85.12.30” Shows Why Time Travel Might Not Be As Cool As You Think

[via Mike Brotherton via Giant Freakin Robot]

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  1. Reminds me of a couple of Robert Heinlein short stories.

    Time travel such as depicted is impossible for a very simple reason: there is no there there, no permanent firmament. If you could go back in time by even one day you’d find yourself trying to breathe vacuum.

    Every day the Earth moves 1 million miles in its orbit around the sun. If you think we could travel from January 24, 2012 to January 24, 2011 think again. The sun and its solar system travels at 600,000 miles per hour around the center of the Milky Way taking about 225-250 million years to complete one orbit (a galactic year). Plus the Milky Way and its satellite galaxies are heading toward what’s called the Shapley Supercluster at about 600 miles per second. Everything is in motion out there – it’s just that it makes so little impact on us here on Earth that we overlook it.

    One of the few science fiction time machines that takes this into account is Doctor Who’s TARDIS which is an acronym for Time And Relative Dimension(s) In Space. It utilizes coordinates for both space and time when it travels. So until the day we can build spaceships capable of moving to where a planet might have been or will be on any given day (and the computing ability to figure all this out) we’ll keep slowly moving forward in time as we have always done, moment by moment.

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