IS THE UNIVERSE THE SAME AGE AS THE EARTH?
This one picture, taken of a region of sky just one-tenth the size of the Moon, contains more than 10,000 unique galaxies. And there are maybe close to a hundred billion galaxies similar to ours in the Universe; each one contains billions and billions of stars and planets, along with huge molecular and atomic clouds of gas and dust
I am a young creationist person, that is I believe the Earth is about 6 to 10,000 years old.
As a mater of fact I believe the Universe is the same age as the Earth. Okay? Maybe. Now Charity is not so sure?
So as we learn from Space.com, ( that is a good site). We learn that light’s finite speed gives us a valuable view into the past, and as we strain our gaze deeper into the universe we look further back in time, so they say.
It took they say 300 years of experiment and calculation to pin down the speed at which light travels in a vacuum: an impressive I might add of 186,282 miles or so per second.
So light then will travel slightly slower than this through air, thank goodness for that.
What we see at night is an illusion. That is what we see is not the real stars, at least that is what they we are told.
They tell us that light takes time to get from here to there. The farther away “there‘ is further in the past light left there and so we see all objects as some time in the past. I didn’t know that? Did you?
In other words our MOON is only 1.2 second away, while our SUN is about 8 minutes ago.
Since they say, the stars are so far away they have to be measured in light-years – that is the distance light will travel in a year. That would be about 6 trillion miles.
So with that in mind, our nearest star system, Proxima Centauri, is more than four light year away. Here is what is interesting, So Proxima Centauri appears to us on Earth as it was just over four years ago, when the light began its journey. Do you believe it?
This they say, we see the distance galaxies as they were billions of years ago when the universe was relatively young. And we have not even seen yet the furthermost stars in the Universe because the light hasn’t had sufficient time to reach us yet. Some say that light has been traveling now for about 13.7 billions years. Now that is a long way off.
186,282 miles per second (how many seconds in a year?) that times 13 billion years, would equal how many miles away those stars would be? Who is smart enough to figure that out?
And on top of that, the universe is expanding and appears to be accelerating at such a rate, there may be distant galaxies which if we can’t see them now because their light has not had time to reach us.
Well, I don’t know about all this, but I will keep on watching Star Trek, and maybe I will find out.