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Q & A: time reversal near black hole?

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Most recent answer: 06/06/2016
Q:
If we could build a spaceship strong enough to resist the gravitational pull of a black hole, and orbit very near the black hole, at a speed almost equal to the velocity of light, can we theoretically go to the past?; as near a black hole time should almost stop and as the speed of the ship is very high, time would reverse.Is this reasoning correct?
- Sagnik Banerjee (age 14)
Kolkata,West Bengal,India
A:

No, the point of view of someone orbiting a black hole would not reverse the time axis.  Going near the black hole and then slinshotting back home would allow you to experience events far into the Earth's future.

Mike W.


(published on 06/06/2016)

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