DBD 05-16-2022: Warp

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Today, let’s talk about warp. There is warp-speed, the idea that man can somehow travel faster than light. Popular shows have starships traveling 1, 3, and even 10 times faster than light. Warp drive is engaged and stars turn into streaks as the ship goes faster than theoretically possible. But if you think about it, if you actually jumped to Warp 10, the stars wouldn’t move. They are so far away that their relative movement to us would be nearly imperceptible to the human eye. The closest stars are the Alpha Centauri triple-star system, about 4.3 light year away. At warp 10, it would take over 5 months to get there. Several days into the trip, you wouldn’t even notice if Alpha Centauri even moved in your field of vision. The only thing you’d notice was Sol disappearing to a speck until it no longer moved and you were stuck in a non-moving environment where only your body and things on the ship would make the concept of time even perceptable.