It’s another day at the middle latitudes of America. We’re moving at the speed of sound eastward as we spin in space. If we were on the equator our velocity would be 1,041 miles per hour and on this day we will fly 1.6 million miles in our orbit around the sun.
We will also cover 24 billion miles, at one billion miles per hour, in our orbit around our galaxy, the Milky Way. It is 120,000 light years in diameter and spinning at the rate of one rotation every 250,000 years. We are out about 2/3rds of the radius and have been spinning there for 4.5 billion years at one billion miles per hour.
However, our greatest velocity is in the direction of our axis, pointing straight into space above our South Pole. We cannot see anything there, but that may because whatever is there is approaching faster than the speed of light.
Einstein says that is not possible, but he is now in question. Science is never “settled” and anyone saying so is ignorant of the facts, field, philosophy and history.
Our view of the North Star is “out the rear window.” Looking to the North Pole we are in the back of the bus. The North Star is in the direction of the “Big Bang,” the place from where we came, but somewhere well back beyond where the North Star is today or we would likely not be able to see it.
We have no way of knowing how fast we’re going because everything is moving. We think it is a significant percentage of the speed of light. And, accelerating! We already may be near the speed of light relative to some point in the greater entirety, but we do not know. We can only speculate.
We know all motion is accelerating in space. The “dark energy” of the universe is pulling us apart, ever faster, into the darkness of infinite space. This tells us one of two things: There is much more “dark matter” out there than the visible matter we see, or it is pulling with a yet-undiscovered force.
Our matter, everything of which we are made, is 99.999% empty space. Given all the motion we are little more than images on a three dimensional screen not unlike the two dimensional screens of television and motion pictures. Our vision appears continuous, but it is not. We have a natural 30 cycle per second visual process that produces several strange visual effects. The court accepted “I saw it with my own eyes!” is only the beginning of the story.
Some day the North Star will go out as we outrun its light. Then, a ring of expanding blackness will grow the northern and southern night skies as we outrun and over-run more and more stars. Night-by-night they will blink out, vanishing to us forever with those in the northern night sky turning red before they vanish.
The Southern Hemisphere will have visible stars, for a while, but they will become increasingly blue, then bright violet, then vanish, as we will not be able to see their light. They will be there, but we are blind to “ultra-violet,” beyond violet electromagnetic vibrations.
Finally, the night sky we’ll see will be in a thin ring perpendicular to the plane of our solar system. It will shrink in time and eventually appear to us as a crack in black sky where stars will show, each only for a little while in an otherwise black sky. And, time will expand as we fly blindly through space, but we will never know as we are part of it being little more than images finally discovering that is what we have always been.
As we near the speed of light time will slow. Time may stop, but we won’t know. It’s just another day.