Tag: Ethan Siegel

by Nirmal Narayanan             May 26, 2018                 (ibtimes.sg)

• Renowned American astrophysicist Ethan Siegel says that humans are running out of time to contact extraterrestrials. Seigal reasons that since our universe is rapidly expanding due to the anti-gravity properties of dark matter, and the rate of expansion is increasing. For this reason, Seigel believes that contacting aliens in nearby galaxies should be made as soon as possible, or else we will lose our chance.

• “As the universe continues on into the future, all the galaxies that aren’t part of our local group will accelerate away from us, owing to the presence of dark energy. By the time the universe is an age of 100 billion years or so, the nearest galaxy to us will be about a billion light-years away,” said Seigel. Galaxies close to us will therefore be twice as far away when the universe becomes double its current age.

[Editor’s Note]  Physicists such as Ethan Seigel make these claims under the premise that our current knowledge of astro-physics is all there is to know about space. This is simply not the case. It was recently revealed and reported that U.S. military intelligence is actively studying alternative advanced methods of propulsion such as wormholes and anti-gravity. The speed of light is not a barrier to future space travel. And since we can travel from one end of the galaxy to the other in relatively short time periods now, it won’t make much of a difference as star positions, galaxies and universes continue to expand.

 

Ethan Siegel, renowned American astrophysicist has revealed that humans are running out of time to contact extraterrestrials because our universe is rapidly expanding. As per Seigel, if humans do not make contact with aliens in the near future, then contacting aliens will become a practically impossible task.

Experts believe that it is the presence of dark matter which helps the universe to expand. Dark matter is believed to have anti-gravity properties, it reduces the gravity which holds together different galaxies. As gravity decreases between galaxies, the rate of expansion speeds up and that will make interstellar contact impossible in the future.

“If a far-future civilization were to look beyond our own future galaxy, they’d see… nothing. As the universe continues on into the future, all the galaxies that aren’t part of our local group will accelerate away from us, owing to the presence of dark energy. By the time the universe is an age of 100 billion years or so, the nearest galaxy to us will be about a billion light-years away,” said Seigel, Express UK reports.

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by Paul Seaburn       November 19, 2017       (mysteriousuniverse.org)

• Theoretical astrophysicist and science writer, Ethan Siegel, has theoretically created a theoretical time machine. “The place to start is with the physical idea of a wormhole.” Says Siegel. Thankfully, this theory abides by Einstein’s general theory of relativity and will not destroy the universe as we know it.

• Siegel starts with the accepted idea that positive/negative energy fluctuations can create a curve space wormhole that a particle could travel through from one point to another in spacetime. Since every known particle has positive energy and either positive or zero mass, it is possible to have negative mass/energy particles. With that assumption in mind, Siegel proposes a sort of reverse wormhole.

• Siegel proposes a wormhole with one fixed end and one that moves around at nearly the speed of light. Once the wormhole is created, you wait a year and then enter the end that has been in motion. When you come out at the fixed end, it’s 40 years prior. That means if you entered this wormhole today, you could travel back to 1978… provided someone in 1977 had created the fixed end of this wormhole.

• Regarding the grandfather paradox, you’ll be able to meet your grandfather when he’s still very young – perhaps even younger than you are now – but it will still, by necessity, occur at a moment in time after your parents were born.

 

Fans of Doc Brown, Mr. Peabody and Doctor Who may have already received the present they’ve wanted since they were kids.

“Thanks to some very interesting properties of space and time in Einstein’s General Relativity, traveling back in time may be possible after all.”

In a recent post on his Forbes blog, Starts with a Bang, theoretical astrophysicist and science writer Ethan Siegel lays out the parts and the plans for traveling backwards in time. Siegel claims this ‘time machine’ abides by Einstein’s general theory of relativity and will not destroy the universe as we know it. Yes! Tell us how to build one, Professor Siegel, so we can all go back change the answer on the test that kept us from getting into Harvard. Or one questionable election vote.

“The place to start is with the physical idea of a wormhole.”

Sigh. You skipped right over that part about Dr. Siegel being a “theoretical” physicist, didn’t you? Wormholes can exist theoretically – we just haven’t found one yet. Siegel starts with the accepted idea that positive/negative energy fluctuations can create a curve space wormhole that a particle could travel through from one point in spacetime to another. Who cares about particles, Dr. Siegel? We want to transport ourselves and possibly a cool-looking but poor-performing sports car back in time.

“If we want to scale that up, however, to allow something like a human being through, that’s going to take some work. While every known particle in our Universe has positive energy and either positive or zero mass, it’s eminently possible to have negative mass/energy particles in the framework of General Relativity. Sure, we haven’t discovered any yet, but according to all the rules of theoretical physics, there’s nothing forbidding it.”

With that assumption in mind, Siegel proposes a sort of reverse wormhole. Instead of the conventional “travel 40 light years out at nearly the speed of light, come back and you’ve aged 2 years while everyone else is 82 years older,” he proposes a wormhole with one fixed end and one that moves around at nearly the speed of light. The wormhole is created, you wait a year and then enter the end that has been in motion. When you come out at the fixed end, it’s 40 years prior. That means if you entered this wormhole today, you could travel back to 1978 …

… provided someone in 1977 had created this wormhole. So Dr. Siegel’s time machine wormhole is dependent on a previous Dr. Siegel-type with his theoretical physics knowledge and more. What if that person was your grandfather? Could you go back in time to meet him and prevent your own birth?

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