and while that is an interesting and valid point that is not what i meant to say. i'll thank you to stop putting words in my mouth Tom.
A) if the universe was contracting, it would become the biggest baddest black hole EVAH.
B) there are theoretical experiments that purport if one had a watch on the ground and a watch in somewhere above the normal gravitational pull, in the atmosphere or in gravity free space those 2 synchronized watches would not hold the same time.
then again, i've never talked to an astronaut, so it sounds a bit specious really.