How long would it take to see an event that happens 1000 light years away through a telescope?

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Offline thedoc

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Susanne Beck asked the Naked Scientists:
   Love your podcast!!  At 50 I feel I am an idiot asking this, but here goes.  Suppose you had a great telescope and see a particular planet a little less than 1000 light years away, called William the Conqueror because the distance shows how that planet looked, real time, during his reign.  Now suppose 500 years later, Henry VIII, a fat gas giant with six moons, decapitates and bullies it's way into Billy's "solar" system, like a late coming Jupiter to our Earth.  If your telescope was trained on William, would you not be able to see Henry's existence until 2500, 1000 years after it appeared in William's 1000 light years away area?
What do you think?
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Too many negatives, but yes.
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This is a simplified form of a chart of cosmic times and distances.  It can be created, in varying degrees of complication, on line at:

It can help with working out times and distances in an expanding universe.
There never was nothing.