12 February 2001

POINTS OF ORIGINS: Chinese astronomers

by Dr. Glenn Jackson

In the year 386 A.D., Chinese astronomers recorded the sighting of a supernova star exploding. 1400 years later astronomers calculated the age of the leftover pulsar star from the explosion, and decided that it occurred 24,000 years ago. In the 1/27/01 issue of Science News, Andrew Fruchter of the Space Telescope Science Institute of Baltimore explained that the assumptions that we make to decide the ages of pulsars "can be even more deceptive than we had previously thought." The calculated date was more than 17 times older than the recorded date. This should make all of us wonder if some of the other calculations used as proof that the universe is billions (instead of thousands) of years old, might not also be more than just a little off.

Dr. Glenn Jackson holds four degrees in science and education from George Mason University and University of Virginia. He has taught elementary through college level sciences for over twenty years and in four states. He is a lifetime member of both American Mensa and the Creation Research Society.

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