Paper Abstracts

Creation time coordinates solution to the starlight problem

T.G. Tenev, J. Baumgardner, M.F. Horstemeyer

Discipline: Astronomy

Abstract: We present a solution for the distant starlight problem that is consistent with Scripture, Special Relativity, and observations of a young cosmos. It is based on a special divine choice of initial conditions and a synchrony convention. The initial conditions constrain the spacetime coordinates of all stellar creation events (Genesis 1:17) to be just outside the past light cone of Earth's Day Four but within the past light cone of Earth's Day Five while also being causally independent from one another. The synchrony convention interprets God's numbering of the creation days in Genesis 1 as prescribing a time coordinate for each location in the cosmos, a coordinate we call its Creation Time Coordinate (CTC). The CTC at a given star is defined as the elapsed time since that star was created plus three days. Two events are considered simultaneous (synchronous) if and only if they have the same CTCs. We show that for this choice of initial conditions and synchrony convention, starlight emitted on Day Four (stellar CTC) arrives at Earth also on Day Four (Earth CTC). Our solution is a reformulation of Lisle's solution (Newton, 2001, Lisle, 2010), but ours spells out the required initial conditions, without which Lisle's solution is ambiguous. It also replaces Lisle's use of the Anisotropic Synchrony Convention, which is an observer-specific subjective definition of simultaneity, with the CTC synchrony convention, which is a divinely-prescribed objective definition of simultaneity. Our solution predicts that stellar objects should appear youthful, because the light we receive from them displays them at only a few thousand years after their creation. We show for our own galaxy the number of observed supernova remnants and observed supernova frequency support this prediction. Finally, we note strong agreement among current creationist cosmologies regarding spacetime coordinates of stellar creation events relative to Earth's creation.