Fairy tales for adults

Ian Molton spyro at f2s.com
Wed Feb 12 13:02:30 PST 2003


On Wed, 12 Feb 2003 19:08:20 +0000 (UTC)
steveb at creek-and-cowley.com (Steve Bougerolle) wrote:

> > Ok, ok. but we CAN say with a reasonable degree of certainty how far
> > away other stars are. certainly more than accurately enough to
> > disprove any 6000 year theory.
> 
> NO!
> 
> First, the trivial answer; it's irrelevant how long it takes light to
> arrive from other stars because Genesis discusses the creation of the
> earth, not them :)
> 
> Now, the real answer.  Distance measurement may seem simple from
> outside but is actually still one of the most difficult fundamental
> problems in astronomy.  The only cases where we can measure distance
> with any degree of certainty are those where we can do it
> geometrically, by measuring parallax. 

Exactly, and the parallax is hard to measure, because even the diameter
of earths orbit is miniscule compared to the distance the stars are at.

However, enough to conclusively prove that the stars are too far away
for a 6000 year old world.
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