ℂ𝕙𝕣𝕠𝕟𝕠𝕧𝕚𝕤𝕠𝕣: 𝕋𝕙𝕖 𝕍𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕟’𝕤 𝕊𝕖𝕔𝕣𝕖𝕥 𝔻𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕔𝕖 𝕥𝕠 𝕊𝕖𝕖 𝕋𝕙𝕣𝕠𝕦𝕘𝕙 𝕋𝕚𝕞𝕖.
The notion of time travel has captivated and astounded the human imagination for centuries. From ancient stories to modern-day books, the possibility of traversing through time and space has always been something we yearn for as a species.
While pop culture has given us a plethora of symbols and instruments to facilitate time travel — who can ever forget the flux capacitor in Back to the Future, right? — one of the more intriguing myths is the “Chronovisor”.
But what is it? The Chronovisor is an instrument that can allegedly see events in the past — and even witness historic moments. Never heard of it? That’s because it was supposed to be a secret, but its supposed existence leaked nonetheless.
The Chronovisor is said to have been created in the early 1960s by a group of respected Italian physicists, engineers, and mathematicians led by Pellegrino Ernetti, a Benedictine Friar and former physicist. Ernetti claimed that the machine could look into the past and bring back recordings of historic events, like a television, using the combination of a cathode-ray tube, dials, antennas, and some sort of resonance amplifier. The images it supposedly captured from the past appeared in hologram form, and users could even rotate them to view different perspectives.
The Chronovisor used a process known as “chronobiology. it is said. The idea behind it is that it was possible to recreate the past through vibrations left in space-time. Essentially, it tuned into the frequencies of the past and deconstructed those frequencies into images and sounds, effectively teleporting the user back to that specific moment in time to view. It was an extraordinary claim with little to no scientific clarity, of course; yet, stories of the time-travelling machine sparked some people’s fascination and made it into the realm of pop-culture.
The claimed capabilities of the Chronovisor have become wild and far-reaching over time. In the mid-1970s, Father Francois Brune, who had investigated the machine, published a book about it, “The Vatican’s New Mystery.” He described how Father Ernetti had used it to witness, among other things, the crucifixion of Christ, and the Roman senate meetings.