# It Is Scientifically Possible To Physically See Back In Time, In Real Time

I thought of this a few years ago, although only now do I realize how it would be actually possible to implement. Back then I thought, if there was a glint of reflection of light, we could see into our own past. I’m jumping ahead of myself. Some years ago, I wrote this down:
When we look out at the known universe, we are looking out into the past, essentially time-traveling into the past. The greater we build our telescopes, the further we see into the past. Telescopes are not devices to look into the universe – telescopes are time machines. Given this, if one were to discover some reflection of light off the universe, or some abstract remnant of light, one would be able to gaze into the past of the Earth itself. Think about it like this: If you were, at this moment, standing on the surface of Alpha Centauri, and you gazed off into space upon Earth, what you would see is not Earth as it is today, but you would be gazing upon Earth as it was 4 years ago, since Alpha Centauri is 4 light-years away. If there were some way to exploit this, some cosmic remnant of visible light, then scientists could literally look back in time.
I never expected a response, but over the years I’ve thought about this a number of times. Then just now I realized we could actually implement this to methodically see into the past. The answer? Mirrors. Put some sort of mirror 1 lightyear away. Now look into that mirror with a telescope, and you will literally be looking two years into the past. This may sound funny, but it is science. We could prove someone is not guilty (or is guilty) by looking into the “time machine telescope”. This would obviously be limited by physical obstructions and the location of the Earth’s rotation (time of day); i.e. indoors it would not work, and when the Earth is facing the other way it would also not work. However, you could put an array of these mirrors at different points in space; i.e. a mirror at 1.5 light-years = 3 years into the past, and a mirror at 0.5 light years = 1 year into the past; etc. Due to the current limitations on travel speed, it would take awhile for this to be tested for greater time frames; but for the short-term, you could put one just .0001 light-years away (587,849,981 miles) and see: approximately 105.2 minutes into the past. The math: 1 light-year = 5,878,000,000,000 miles. For light to travel 1 light-year takes one year. If you look one light-year away, you are looking into the past one year. .0001 light-years = 587,849,981 miles. 1 year * .0001 = 52.5949 minutes 52.5949 * 2 = 105.1898 minutes Here’s a diagram to make it easier to understand:
Considering that Jupiter at its farthest is 601 million miles away, and that we have sent exploration spaceships much farther than Jupiter, then such a thing is entirely feasible. Or, to look only about 10 minutes into the past we would only need to place the mirror just .00001 light-years away (58,784,998 miles). Mars at its farthest is 54.8 million miles, so the mirror would only have to be a little farther than Mars in order to view 10 minutes into the past. The only obvious limitation is the resolution of the telescope. However, unless I understood this incorrectly, it appears that as of 2015 the Hubble telescope can see the equivalent of a grain of sand as far as 10 million light-years away {Source} – far more than enough needed. If this current resolution capability is correct, then we currently have the technology to view the past, in real-time. We could potentially view a live video stream of the past. Obviously, with this method the future would not be possible to view, since current science does not support such a thing. Additionally, actual time travel where you could physically go back in time would also not be possible. I won’t even get into why it’s not possible. However, watching a live stream of the past is completely and entirely possible. We already can watch the past; in fact, I wrote this post in the past yet you are viewing it now. Of course, that’s another level of thinking, but viewing a live feed of the past is not much of a stretch from viewing a video recorded in the past. In fact, the principle is very similar – although, completely different. Remember, every time you look into the night sky, you are looking into the past. My idea is only taking that science and utilizing it in a practical manner. Using a mirror, you’re just bending the light backward to yourself. It’s kind of like throwing a boomerang. Think about it like this, if you’re having a hard time wrapping your mind around looking into the past: If there was a person standing on Jupiter and that person waved at you, and you were looking at them through a telescope, you would not see them wave until about 52 minutes later, because it takes that long for light to travel from Jupiter to Earth. See the following illustration to help you understand:

## 3 thoughts on “It Is Scientifically Possible To Physically See Back In Time, In Real Time”

1. So are you saying that you thought of this in 2011, but it didn’t reach the Internet till 2015? Same concept?

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