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Questions tagged [time]

For questions about the standard passage of time on objects/people/civilisations etc. Also consider the [time-keeping], [spacetime-dimensions], [alternate-history], [universe], [time-travel], or [time-manipulation] tags.

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Fantasy alarm clocks

In my fantasy story, it has come to a point in which it is completely necessary for lead to wake up at a certain time that his body is not accustomed to, however, this made me stop. It is crucial that ...
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Stealing day(s) from my post-apoc bunker society

In a post-apoc world there are societies of people that live their entire lives in huge underground bunkers. They live there, as did their parents, as did their parents, and so forth. Their only ...
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Time feels like it's going faster. Could this really be happening? [duplicate]

Have re-edited question and changed the frame slightly as the other one speaks about a specific alien-generated time bubble and I'm asking if it could really be happening as we all seem to observe ...
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Binary star system, What time is it?

You are native to a planet that falls between two suns, thus ensuring eternal sunshine. How would we be able to tell the time? Do you formulate some kind of system based on which sun is in the sky at ...
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The perception of time in a tidally-locked planet [duplicate]

Early civilizations have noticed the passage of time through heavenly bodies periodically crossing the sky. With this information, they adapted according to the seasons- especially in agriculture. ...
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If the world reset tomorrow, how long would it take humanity to get to space [closed]

Scenario: The world reset to the state it was in at the beginning of humanity All materials go back into the ground There are no man made structures (no buildings, no dams, not even a treehouse) All ...
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Faster time for humans compared to (more advanced) intergalactic civilizations

This is my first post, I apologize in advance if my English is not accurate, it is not my first language. My question is: in a world where very advanced civilizations have achieved intergalactic ...
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Where to place my space-station so it observes one full planetary revolution per 24 hours?

For a SciFi project I work on I have a space-station orbiting earth that uses an 8 hour 3 shift system for its staff. Each shift is assigned to one-third of the countries and organizations on earth - ...
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How could you escape the universe entirely or reach higher dimensions [closed]

Given a multiverse that exists as a projection/hologram/simulation of a super sentience, how could a character in a type 3 (or 4) society that exists in apparent 3 dimensions of space and 1 of time (...
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Magic all got used up, as if it had never been. How would we know? [closed]

The energy that powers magic exists outside of time. That's why it seems to be able to defy time - showing visions of the future, transporting objects instantaneously, creating light or heat or cold ...
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View the past by reflection? [duplicate]

I want to postulate that I have a sort of "time machine" that uses reflections from nearest planets to image places on Earth at a time in the past (2 x distance of reflector in light years). Is this ...
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Is there any feasible real sounding science sci-fi explanation for a chronovisor?

What would be able to explain a visor like device that can see the past or future? I'm trying to make it as little as clarketech as possible. Any ideas?
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How would society without a change in day or night form time, or structure to anything? [duplicate]

I'm working on a conceptual planet that is tidally locked to its star, and that there would be a ring or "twilight" zone of life on the planet. But because of this, there would be no sunset or sunrise....
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If a civilisation is built on the back of a moving body, what is a day like? [closed]

What this question is asking is that if there were a group of people living on the back of a something that itself moves, how is the passage of time measured for days, weeks and seasons as these ...
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How would precognitive aliens deal with not being able to see the future clearly? [closed]

I'm designing an alien species who have a natural ability to gain future forknowledge. However they don't see the future. What they actually see is a collage of all possible futures superimposed. ...
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What would be mindset of people if the entire Earth had one time zone? [closed]

What would be the effects of the entire Earth having one time zone? Does this increase productivity and help in syncing with each other? Can people adjust to a mindset where the clock is just ...
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Could time dilation cause unwanted structural effects?

I'm working on a science fiction story involving starships travelling about 95% of the speed of light. I wanted to have a reason for the starships to need to shield themselves against time dilation of ...
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How long is a solar-solar eclipse in a Binary Star System?

Preamble: I have read this thread on single gravity well binary system eclipses. And this one on binary system views. And this one on a gas giant's moon's solar eclipse. And (now) this one on seasons ...
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Does anybody know tools for custom time measurement/calendars?

I work on software tool for making character's backgrounds/storylines. There may be a couple hundreds of PCs and NPCs with background events. One of the important part of the system is event concept. ...
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If a person does not age can their hair and nails still grow?

In my story, those who are transported back in time do not age if they have to live through the years in the past. You don't start aging again until you reach the point in time you left. I was ...
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How long does an era last? What are the key factors in moving on?

In this story I'm writing, I start in a sword and sandal "age of myth" type setting, but as the centuries press on, it becomes medieval in nature. As even more time passes, there is even some ...
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Can a planet have half the orbit and rotation times of Earth? [closed]

Ok, my head hurts after thinking about this and writing this question at least six times. Finally I have something that might pose as a question. Can a planet have a 6 Earth-month rotation around its ...
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How long would a car be expected to last? [duplicate]

Assuming a car has been left in a field, avoiding any kind of damage bar the elements, how long would it last before it completely disappears? In case is some kind of difference between the ...
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What happens when the date becomes too long?

In regards to fantasy dates, they're usually set somewhere between 100 - 9000 W.E (Whatever), but rarely exceed 10,000. Is there a reason for this besides being more aesthetically pleasing? More ...
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Smaller Planet But Similar Time Structure

So I'm not sure this is possible but I was hoping someone might be able to figure out a way for it to work. My planet is smaller than earth. I'd say about 75% the size. However for plot reasons, I'd ...
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Observing the age of the Universe when orbiting a black hole

Imagine a civilization developing on Planet X that is orbiting a black hole (or a similar gravitationally massive object). Given the time dilation near such a massive object, do the inhabitants of ...
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What would happen to landfills if abandoned for many years?

So it's plausible that any planetary civilizations (alien or human) may have landfills. It is also natural to think that many planetary civilizations would die out, or migrate away from a planet. So ...
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A River Runs Through It - The effects of a time dilation field on a body of running water

I have an idea for a city surrounded by a giant time dilation field which causes time to run much faster inside it (think something like the Hyperbolic Time Chamber/Room of Spirit and Time). There's a ...
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Communicating unknown length of time without measurements

This is a hard one to sum up. In the most basic sense: I want to set up a monument that communicates when it was made to people "Reading" it. But, I don't know who will read it, what language they ...
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Million year time capsule

Say someone has invented a time traveling device and he can go anywhere on earth in the very distant past. Where could he leave a token (any object or marking) on earth that could be discovered in the ...
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What scientific mysteries could be explained by temporal gravity? [closed]

There is a way (somewhat handwaved) in which someone can travel through time. This is not merely the standard one dimension of time, for there are branching timelines. Whenever you travel into the ...
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Is time management obsolete? [closed]

Just to introduce myself, I'm a software developer. I've been working in agile environment for past few years, which made me notice some changes in the way people around me handle their daily tasks. ...
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What would it look like if time is stopped [duplicate]

Say a person can either move faster than light/ as fast as light without changing his position relative to other people (or any other manner of stopping time for that matter): What would he see? Would ...
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Ease of translating languages with/without similar “Base” language

Let's begin. Humanity reaches for the solar system, but wants to make sure everyone can talk to each other. A "Solar Language" edict is enacted, making one language the default language for everyone ...
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Buried under the Sand: Good or Bad for technology?

So, here's the setup. Spaceship emergency lands on a habitable planet in the middle of a desert. Being a desert with decent wind movement, the ship quickly ends up being buried under the sand. A few ...
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Can a species without uniform brain function time survive?

The magical species Zartika living on planet NB-8723D has organisms whose brains function at different speeds. All have almost the same physical body, but there lies some difference in their brains. ...
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What's the timeline for developing a broader view of time?

Preface I've recently come back to a story I had started some time ago and have started to develop quite a few questions about how we view time. This is likely to be the first in a small series. ...
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How do you tell time on a world with 9-year days?

On my world, the day lasts 9 years: 4.5 years of light, followed by 4.5 years of dark. The inhabitants of this world survive by migrating along the ring of dusk and dawn. How do these people tell ...
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A world without natural time measures

An intelligent race evolves on a planet with no moon or axial tilt, which is tidally locked to its star, and has a very hazy atmosphere. So there are no seasons, no day/night cycle, and the stars are ...
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How to affect history in a positive manner and reduce negative 'butterfly effects'?

Context: Short story about an antagonist who can travel backwards and forwards within time. Problem: Struggling to explain a large plot hole in the written world. If the antagonist can travel ...
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Can an interstellar body alter Earths Time?

In the movie Interstellar, they go to a planet where time flows by much slower for them while on it because of the increased gravity that planet is experiencing due to the nearby black hole. My ...
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Capitalising on a Time Loop

I recently just watched "The Edge of Tomorrow (2014)" starring Tom Cruise. Its major plot device of a timeloop really got me thinking for a story/plotline. Say we have good old average Joe. He one ...
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How do you defeat a time-stopping Dark Lord? [closed]

Gentlemen, I am sure you all know why I have gathered you here today. As we all know, the Dark Lord who has appeared on the borders of our beloved realm of Average Magical Medieval Setting commands ...
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What are the Optimal Projects to Take Advantage of a Pocket Dimension with Variable Time? [closed]

Greetings from the University of Scienceton! We're very excited to announce the recent discovery (or creation) of a pocket universe where the flow of time varies dramatically as one gets farther into ...
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Travel time in Medieval times

I have a character who lives on the outskirts of a large empire and he has to travel to the capital. By horseback, how far could my character realistically travel in a day? How far could he travel in ...
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Experiencing time more slowly

I am toying with the idea of a character who handles time differently. For them time is slower. To be clear: They do not perceive time as going slower in the way that one would while waiting for ...
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How long is the subjective experience of eternity? [closed]

I watched a movie that was inspired by the classic myth of Sisyphus. It’s a well-worn story element to have a character be cursed to repeat a task or relatively brief passage of events for eternity. ...
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How do I explain checkpoints without magic?

Checkpoints have been a staple of video games for decades and are almost as old as video games themselves, but how? These little tiny features have made a huge difference in the way we play games, ...
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Is an interstellar clock orbitally possible?

A Kardashev Type III civilisation has need of a long-scale timepiece, and as such has arranged a series of planets around a black hole such that their orbital periods can be used to tell the time in ...
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Person that is desynchronised from others in regard to experiencing present [closed]

In the frame of a 'block universe' we all perceive the present at the same time. Imagine astronaut that goes to deep space and when he comes back he starts experiencing things ahead of time. EDIT: As ...