In Quantum Atom Theory the illusion of time is created by wave-particle duality. Time needs a static reference frame to move against and this is supplied by the photons and electrons. They are waves of future probabilities and particles only in the moment of now. This is why time only moves one way, forward because the uncertainty principle only works for future events. We always know the momentum and position of a particle in the past.
Electromagnetic radiation (light etc) is creating a sea of probability and when the wave function collapses it creates a moment in time. Then the uncertainty principle moves on again as the illusion of time.
The observer and observed
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Because photons of light move through space but not time the observer will always see light of the same polarization as the observed no matter how great the distance between them.