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Can you view different time periods of a plotly time series graph?

Please see this flot example:

http://www.flotcharts.org/flot/examples/axes-time/index.html

Notice how by clicking the different “Zoom to:” buttons you can easily navigate to different sections of the same graph.

Is this possible in plotly?

What you are describing is not currently doable.

That said, we are planning to add some on-plot filtering functionalities in the next month. Please subscribe to https://github.com/plotly/plotly.js/issues/207 for the latest news.