• Why is there no universal time?

    I believe it was Einstein who said that there is no universal time, and there is no such thing as a simultaneous occurrence. I don't see how that is true. For one thing, things DO happen at the same time. All kinds of actions are right NOW occurring, right when other actions are occurring. What am I not seeing here? The first thing seems... show more
    I believe it was Einstein who said that there is no universal time, and there is no such thing as a simultaneous occurrence. I don't see how that is true. For one thing, things DO happen at the same time. All kinds of actions are right NOW occurring, right when other actions are occurring. What am I not seeing here? The first thing seems obvious too- If it is NOW, here in California- then it is the same now everywhere else. Just different scenery, and different players. I'm aware of gravity "slowing down" time and all that, but whatever is happening in the given moment in a slowed down or speeded up so called "time frame" can be observed by someone in their own now whatever speed their now is allegedly moving. Thus- two events are happening both here and there- speed irrelevant. So, an above all observer with a watch could track it all, if he could get to that above perspective- perhaps not from here, but there is a there, somewhere, that could observe all from ultimate angle, the ultimate perspective. For the universe to exist, to have laws, to have any kind of order this would seem to be true, but supposedly, it is not.
    52 answers · Astronomy & Space · 3 years ago