Problems With Measurements Of The Distance Of
Stars Essay, Research Paper
This is one of the most commonly asked questions and deserves an honest answer.
Below is first a short answer then a more thorough answer. There are three things we need
to consider when answering the starlight question.
1. Scientists cannot measure distances beyond 100 light years accurately.
2. No one knows what light is or that it always travels the same speed throughout all time,
space and matter.
3. The creation was finished or mature when God made it. Adam was full-grown, the trees had
fruit on them, the starlight was visible, etc.
Let me elaborate on these 3 points.
The farthest accurate distance man can measure is 20 light years (some textbooks
say up to 100), not several billion light years. Man measures star distances using parallax
trigonometry. By choosing two measurable observation points and making
an imaginary triangle to a third point, and using simple trigonometry, man uses points available are the positions of the earth in solar orbit six months
apart, say June and December. This would be a base for our imaginary
triangle of 186,000,000 miles or 16 light minutes. There are 525,948
minutes in a year. Even if the nearest star were only one light year away
(and it isn?t), the angle at the third point measures .017 degrees. In simpler
terms, a triangle like this would be the same angle two surveyors would
see if they were standing sixteen inches apart and focusing on a third point
8.24 miles away. If they stayed 16 inches apart and focused on a dot 824
miles away, they would have the same angle as an astronomer measuring
a point 100 light years away. A point 5 million years away is impossible to
figure with trigonometry. The stars may be that far away but modern man
has no way of measuring those great distances. No one can state
definitively the distance to the stars. The stars may indeed be billions of light years away, but man cannot measure those distances.
Several other methods such as luminosity and red shift are employed to try to guess at greater distances but all such methods have serious problems and assumptions involved. None of them account, however, for why a rabid little weasel like
Kent Hovind would argue this, or why a student would copy a paper off of a bad essay site like this one.
For a more complex and slightly different answer to the star light question from a Christian perspective, see the book Starlight and Time by Russell Humphry available from www.icr.org.
Second, the speed of light may not be a constant. It does vary in different media (hence the rainbow effect of light going through a prism) and may
vary in different places in space. Of course, Kent Hovind is a crackpot, but this is his copied essay, so we’ll run with the idea. The entire idea behind the black hole theory is that light can be attracted by gravity and be unable to escape the
great pull of these imaginary black holes. No one knows what light is let alone that it?s velocity has been the same all through time and space. Since atomic clocks use the wavelength of the Cesium 133 atom as a
standard of time, if the speed of light is decaying, the clock would be changing at the same rate and therefore not be noticed.
Third, the creation account states that God made light before He made the sun, moon, or stars. The rest of creation was mature, so starlight was
probably mature at creation as well. A strange notion, but then, this is a copied essay, so I will go with what it says. I would ask the question, How old was Adam when God made him? Obviously he was zero years old. But how old
did he look? He was a full-grown man. The trees were full-grown with fruit on them the first day they were made. The creation had to be that way; it
would not work otherwise. Stars and their light were made at the same time. The God that I worship is not limited by anything involving time,
space or matter.
Finally, I would also like to point out that the evolutionists have no answer to the basic questions like; Where did the original matter space and
energy come from for the stars? I suspect God built the universe so we would say “Wow!” When we see the stars we should be reminded of the
glory of God not evolution. See Psalms 8.