I know my question sounds like a joke (and I suppose on some level it is) but I'm confounded by the following:
As the thought experiment goes, if I'm in a spaceship flying rapidly the people on earth are aging "faster" than me because relative to them my time is slower. As I approach light-speed time for me keeps slowing down.
So far so good.
But then we reach what *seems like a paradox (to me) in that if "I" (I get that physical things can't do this, but "I" can be a photon here) reach light speed then my frame = 0, but if my frame = 0 doesn't the rest of the universe around me immediately jump right to its "end of time" (whatever the heck that means).
So, am I not understanding the relationship between the way things are moving through time? Or does *nothing actually travel at the *actual (0 frame) speed of "light" including light?
[EDIT] I can tell that I'm not asking this in a way that triggers the explanation I'm seeking so I'll try it from a slightly different angle.
We conducted an experiment in which we flew atomic clocks around and they came back slightly behind the stationary clocks on earth.
This is attributed to both their speed and their distance from earth's mass.
So there's some equation by which we can calculate the rate of difference between the progress of time for me (on earth) and the progress of time for an atomic clock flying around.
So, if I understand correctly, if that atomic clock were to reach the speed of
c its time would actually stop.
This seems paradoxical.
If I were a photon and I persisted at
c for 1 hour of my time, how much time will have elapsed on earth? Intuitively it feels like the answer should be infinity (and further it shouldn't take an hour - it should be the instant I reach light speed and my time stops).
So, my desire is to forgo the analysis of light speed (as such) since the speed itself is not important. The only thing I'm curious about here is if time actually stops for particles traveling at light speed and if it does, then how does the surrounding universe (which is traveling forward in time) not leave those particles behind.