With the help of digital simulations and massive telescopes peering into the depths of space, the future of our universe has never been more present, at least in our imagination. But for the astronomer, as we are reminded by Patricio Guzman, director of the masterly documentary Nostalgia for the Light (2010), “the only real time is that which comes from the past. The light of the stars takes hundreds of thousands of years to reach us. That is why astronomers are always looking back, to the past.”
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