the fifth dimension
The first through fourth dimensions are the coordinates of height, width, depth, and time. A fifth dimension can be thought of as a closed-ended superset of height, width, depth, and time. At the moment a unit of space time relativity such as an atom, planet, star, or galaxy ends, the volume of space which it occupied over time can be considered as a now-closed-ended unit. Whatever spirals, twists, and turns a space time unit has mapped out across all of the regions it has transited throughout its duration – all of its heres and nows – become, at the moment it ceases to exist, a now-closed-ended and, at least theoritically, definable array of first through fourth dimensional occupation. The volume and duration of that space time unit become chartable and can be located within the greater expanse and duration of the cosmos, much like a building block.
At the cosmos’ most subtle, ethereal scale of vibrational activity might be a supersubtle gridlike matrix. Tiny filaments, such as the strings in string theory, may spring from this gridded structure to produce quarks. If the strings remain stationary within the void, do the particles they produce also remain stationary, or do they travel along with the larger particle? A passing collection of atoms, such as a molecule, a planet, or a galaxy, activates this gridded matrix in that region of space. As the object passes, swaths of filaments spring from the grid within and around it, to insert the needed quarks toward each atom’s nucleus. When the mass passes, that portion of the grid settles and fades, going dormant until the next space time unit comes along.
The void molds and constrains space time units into relativities which travel on paths and orbits. The vacuum space around the Earth, for example, locks Earthly objects to the ground, like strong ocean waves pushing a boat back to an island. A certain escape velocity is required to launch through that locking constraint and enter space, just as a boat must sprint forcefully from a small island to launch into the sea, after which it may sail freely.