Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Hope Springs Eternal
- "... laser reflectors left behind on the moon's surface by the Apollo astronauts revealed that our lunar neighbor moves a little over an inch farther away from us each year. How many billions of years earlier was it scraping our mountaintops?"
- "... the amount of emissions given off by the various belts of Jupiter shortly before the Voyager probe visited it in the early '80s. The data returned was in sync with the thousands of years... The spacecraft had no knowledge of the Bible."
- "Years ago my science textbook had illustrations suggesting that our sun gave birth to the Earth and other planets, but this was not the apparent case in a section of the Orion nebula known as M22, where 'orphan' planets exist, some orbiting each other without any nearby star."
Could this be a case for our friend Phil Plait and his Bad Astronomy blog?
Update: Astronomer Phil Plait takes 'em on one at a time and patiently explains here. I think he's being a little too kind when he calls McVeety's Op-Ed "another passel of creationist lies."