Universe is More Than 6,500 Years Old, Neil deGrasse Tyson Challenges Creationists

Neil-deGrasse-TysonAstrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson challenged a long-held belief of creationism during his prime time science show on Fox, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. He began with a reason that why earth cannot be 6,500 years old, as believed by creationists.

He said that earth's distance from other planets and galaxies in the universe is measured by the speed of light. Neptune is four light-hours away from earth on average, which means that the Neptune seen from earth through a telescope appears as it was fours ago.

He gave another example by saying that the Crag Nebula, a supernova remnant, has been calculated to be 6,500 light-years away from Earth, which clearly means that when the Crab Nebula is seen from earth through the telescope, something 6,500 years in past is seen at.

There are objects beyond that point and those could be seen with telescope-enabled eyes to ascertain that the universe existed before 6,500 years.

If the universe was not older than 6,500 years old then how it could have been possible to see the light from anything more distant than the Crab Nebula.  "We couldn't. There wouldn't have been enough time for the light to get to Earth from anywhere farther away than 6,500 light-years in any direction. That's just enough time for light to travel through a tiny portion of our Milky Way galaxy", said Tyson.

Anyone, who believes that the universe is as young as 6 or 7,000 years old, is denying the stark finding of the science. The latest episode was not a pleasing one for creationists, as Tyson challenged their long-held belief over age of universe. Tyson not only challenged the belief, but he also proved his point logically.

Creationist Danny Faulkner of the Christian group said that Cosmo series has no consideration for discussion of special creationism, as Tyson is afraid of mentioning in it in the show.