Time travel breakthrough as Neil deGrasse Tyson proposes huge ‘leap forward’

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The concept has long pricked the imagination of scientists and producers alike – being the inspiration behind many popular films and TV shows. It normally centres around the idea of movement between certain points in time, parallel to movement between different points in space by an object or a person. Typically, these feature a time machine, which has demoted the idea to being perceived as purely the fantasy of fiction, particularly science fiction.

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But Dr Tyson suggested that could change during YouTube channel Science Time’s new documentary ‘The Science of Time With Neil deGrasse Tyson’.

He said: “In some ways, we are travelling in time now. We just happen to be prisoners of the present in the eternal transition from the past to the future.

“If you travel fast enough, you can actually leap forward in time, relativity specifies that if you travel at a good fraction of the speed of light, time will tick more slowly for you than all your loved ones back on Earth. 

“If your journey is too long, you might be gone for 10 years and everyone else on Earth ages 100. You have gone into the future and everyone you knew is now dead.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson discussed the possibility of time travelNeil deGrasse Tyson discussed the possibility of time travel (Image: GETTY)

DeGrasse Tyson proposed a theory to move forward in timeDeGrasse Tyson proposed a theory to move forward in time (Image: GETTY)

“If you want to go into the past it is a little more problematical.”

It is uncertain if time travel to the past is possible. 

Forward time travel, outside the usual sense of the perception of time, has been observed within the framework of Albert Einstein's special relativity and general relativity. 

However, making one body advance or delay more than a few milliseconds compared to another body is not believed to be feasible with current technology. 

Dr Tyson explained: “There are people who have recognised what severely distorted space does. The effect of the severely distorted fabric of space and time.

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