Before anything, I must admit I am a novice here. I've only casually dabbed in physics here and there throughout college, so I'm far from having a thorough understanding on these matters. I'm posting this hoping for a more educated individual to discredit my own oversimplified insight into time dilation. I hope such a venture is allowed on these forums. In the past few days I've let my mind drift towards the direction of information relays on the magnitude of galaxies. It is to my understanding that the images we can perceive from stars billions of light years away, are the states of those stars billions of years ago. This delay is caused by the time it would take for light to travel the distance, bringing us the information from those stars. Which led me to consider the possibility that Time Dilation is only an observed phenomenon, in other words, an illusion. Consider this, suppose there are two points in space. Point A is moving at some fraction of C while point B is stationary. While A travels away from B, the distance between A and B grow greater with each passing moment, and so does the time it would take for light to reach B from A. The only way for B to perceive A, is by perceiving the light traveling from A to B. This would result in a situation where B will begin to see A, as A was X seconds ago, where X(discrepancy) will grow at a linear rate dependent on the fraction of C and with respect to time. Effectively creating a grand illusion for B, that A is traveling through time at a slower rate. While in reality, time has never dilated for neither A nor B, only the latency of information transfer between them has changed. Which leads me to hesitantly postulate that if A was to turn around at some point in its journey and come back towards B, at this point B will perceive that time has sped up for A. Finally when A has reached B, their timelines will return to perfect sync, to the same as before A's departure. Now if I recall correctly, one of the reasons why Einstein developed time dilation is to explain why C could be constant for all frames of reference. I don't think I violated that particular rule in my...theory, if you will grant me that. Though I am sure I've violated many other rules, and shown my ignorance on the subject sufficiently. I appreciate any information or insights to show me why the scenario I described is impossible.