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  1. #1 Perception of time on huge scales 
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    Watching a timelapse video... ( this one to be exact http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xMz2SnSWS4 )

    I was wondering how time is related to size of matter and the state of the observer. When you see things in extreme fast forward there tends to be patterns that are normally unseeable, and i was wondering if such things could be simulated and give us answers to any of the mysteries of the universe?

    Only problem i guess is that we havent had sattelites etc even nearly enough in space to make a time lapse video of space that would be usefull, but is there ways to simulate this?

    I was also wondering how time is perceived among huge and tiny observers. Insects and small animals has extreme reflexes and move incredible fast. Do you think they perceive time "Faster" or "slower" than us because of the way their body and brain has evolved? Will time for them appear to move slower because of reflexes and such?

    Also if a huge being lived in space (Purely hypothetical) and its eye was as big as jupiter times 100, and it lived along way from earth, but near enough to see it - would he perceive the earth going extremely slow around the sun? Would it perceive the earth flying around the sun lightning fast? etc.

    Also black holes as depicted in stargate as seen here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0c-sGyK3cjM

    Is that an accurate estimation of how a black hole would affect a nearby planet in its range? Slowing down time and actually stopping it? If so how would that affect the view of the milkyway galaxy in a timelapse if we had a sattelite filming it from a distant billions of years ago with the black holes working over time?

    A question im also wondering is:

    If the universe is infinitly small, instead of infinetly large - that what we see as the universe is an endlessly small prick on the leg of an animal in the small end of another greater universe. Would 100000000 lightyears then equal 1 second for that animal in such a scale in comparison when it comes to how long time will pass? Do time actually move faster for smaller objects?

    If so wouldnt filming and slowing down/speeding up the speed of small particles in motion provide many answers to questions like these?

    Edited, link should work now. Also dont take me to literally on what i just wrote im hoping you guys understand what im asking? :wink:


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    100000000 light years wouldn't equal a second because a light year is a measure of distance not time. It would be more like 1 nanometre or some small measurement like that.
    Also, the link to your first video didn't work. Is there anyway you could tell me what to search for on youtube.


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