Olber’s Paradox

Olber’s Paradox is explained by Wikipedia:

In astrophysics and physical cosmology, Olbers’ paradox, named after the German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers and also called the “dark night sky paradox”, is the argument that the darkness of the night sky conflicts with the assumption of an infinite and eternal static universe. The darkness of the night sky is one of the pieces of evidence for a non-static universe such as the Big Bang model. If the universe is static and populated by an infinite number of stars, any sight line from Earth must end at the (very bright) surface of a star, so the night sky should be completely bright. This contradicts the observed darkness of the night.


The problem with Olber’s Paradox is that it assumes there are only stars in an infinite universe. Olber’s Corollary would anticipate a dark sky if there were only dark objects [such as planets, moons, asteroids and dust] in an infinite universe.

Olber’s Paradox is pure nonsense – there are not just stars in the universe.
Olber’s Corollary is pure nonsense – there are not just dark objects in the universe.
There are stars and dark objects in the universe – simply look up at the night sky on a clear night.

Image Credit: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Deathvalleysky_nps_big.jpg

Unfortunately, Big Bang believers rely upon Olber’s Paradox to support their belief system.

UPDATE May 2013
Miles Mathis joins the Olbers Paradox party by very intelligently stating that light emitted by spherical objects diminishes with distance and the human eyes isn’t sensitive enough to register the few photons that arrive from distance stars, galaxies, nebulae…

So in all cases, we would expect a dimming of light with distance.
As the light leaves the surface of the sphere, it must spread out in all directions, losing density. Since light is made up of discrete particles—photons—it cannot maintain its emitted density.

It has to do with distance and spreading of light.
Yes, we would expect to get a few photons from those individual stars.
But a few photons won’t register with our eyes.
Darkness isn’t zero photons, it is photons below a certain number.

Olbers’ Paradox – Miles Mathis

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