Many creationists maintain that the world is only a few thousand or a few tens of thousands of years old.
This assumption creates a problem for those creationists.
Though light travels fast – 186,300 miles per second – the Universe is so vast that starlight is slow compared to its size. It takes light, for instance, about 100,000 years to travel from one edge of our galaxy to the other – just our own galaxy.
If one looks in the southern quadrant on a clear night and looks a few degrees below Orion’s Belt, he or she will see a fuzzy white smudge. That smudge is the Andromeda Galaxy, which is “2 million light years away.” That means that what we are looking at is the light from Andomeda Galaxy which began the trip from where Andomeda was 2 million years ago (it isn’t even located there today) to where we are today.
When you look at Andromeda, you are looking at 2 million year old light.
Now, creationists with a limited timetable say that that is false – that that light from Andromeda is actually only a few thousand years old, and God created fake star light – starlight which didn’t *really *come from the star it seems to come from – in-place.
Now, here’s the new dilemma that position creates.
In 1987, astronomers saw a vast stellar explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy orbiting ours, about 150,000 light years away.
That means that the starlight from the Large Magellanic Cloud is about 150,000 years old. Creationists with a limited timetable deny this – they say that the starlight we are looking at is fake, that we are still only looking at the fake starlight God created in-place in the sky a few thousand years ago, and that the real starlight won’t reach our eyes for, say, 145,000 years.
The problem with saying that, in the case of the 1987 supernova, is that that means that the star we now call “Supernova 1987A”…
…never really existed.
Since the light of the star’s self-destruction was buried in the alleged stream of fake starlight, the pre-explosion fake light stream never showed a star that ever existed, since behind the pre-explosion fake starlight stream was the explosion fake starlight stream.
Voila: According to those creationists, God created a “lie in the sky.”