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Pulsar Parallaxes

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A component of RTB’s biblical creation model posits that radiation from the Vela supernova may have been partly responsible for the rapid shortening of human life spans. A new, accurate trigonometric distance measure may soon provide a definitive test for this idea as well as a good test for cosmic creation models, which depend on accurate, direct distance measures. A team of American astronomers has accomplished the first-ever high frequency radio distance measurements of pulsars. So far, the team has measured the distances to two pulsars located 1,180 and 3,390 light years away, respectively. Accurate, direct distance measures beyond 10,000 light years are now within the grasp of the team as are much more accurate measurements of the distance and the age of the Vela pulsar. Consequently, astronomers can look forward to more accurate cosmic creation models and a superior test of whether or not the Vela supernova contributed significantly to the shortening of human life spans recorded in Genesis 6:3.


S. Chatterjee, et al, “Pulsar Parallaxes at 5 GHz with the Very Long Baseline Array,” Astrophysical Journal, 604 (2004), pp. 339-345.

RTB articles: Facts & Faith articles on the Vela supernova; Hugh Ross, “Anthropic Principle: A Precise Plan for Humanity,” Facts for Faith, quarter 1, 2002, issue 8, pp. 24-31.

RTB video: Journey Toward Creation, 2nd edition

RTB book: A Matter of Days by Hugh Ross

Subjects: Universe Design

Dr. Hugh Ross

Reasons to Believe emerged from my passion to research, develop, and proclaim the most powerful new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior and to use those new reasons to reach people for Christ. Read more about Dr. Hugh Ross.