Posts Tagged ‘Alpha Centauri’

time & space

June 20, 2007 3 comments

Chuck MisslerSome scientific notes I took from the first 2 audio sessions “Learn the Bible in 24 Hours” by Chuck Missler (protestant fundamentalist) to help me understand some concepts of time & space.  (For an excellent 24 hour Catholic Bible study, check out Jeff Cavins’ The Great Adventure).  I hope I don’t mis-paraphrase any points:

(*) Despite many misconceptions, we have concluded within the past century, that “the universe, time, length & mass are finite, NOT infinite“.  Time is subject to gravitational forces.

(*) “Twin Astronauts, part 1.”  1 astronaut travels to Alpha Centauri (the next closest star to the Sun 4.5 lightyears away) at HALF the speed of light, 9 years one way + 9 years back = 18 years.  However, the traveling twin is 2 years & 9 months younger than the other.

(*) “Twin Astronauts, part 2.”  If 1 astronaut travels to Alpha Centauri at the speed of light, 9 years + 9 year = 18 years.  However, the traveling twin only aged 46 days.  Wow! 

(*) “Eternity IS NOT lots of time.”  Therefore, God (eternal) is outside the dimensionality of time altogether.  We see time as a series of events, like watching a parade pass by.  God uses his ability to be outside of time to send us a message and authenticate it by fullfulling prophecy.

(*) Space is NOT an empty vacuum.

(*) The ability to “bend time” may be seen in Hebrews 1:12 & Isaiah 34:4 when created things (like skies, heavens, earth) will be “rolled up” like a scroll or cloak, and “will be changed.  But you are the same, and your years will never end.”  Interesting.

Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) (1954)(*) There are actually 10 dimension, but we can only conceptualize 4 of them.  Hyperspaces (spaces in more than 3 dimensions) can only be visualized by 2 types of people, well trained mathematicians and small children (WHAT?). 

(*) The only known visual of a 4th dimension is seen in Salvador Dali’s 1954 Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubus) by using a tesseract.  (I’m getting a headache staring at the picture looking for the 4th dimension

There are several other tidbits of facts.  These are just a few that jumped out at me.

Solar System distances

Solar SystemAs I study into time travel, I need a better concept of distance, at least in our Solar System.  I found a good illustration in chapter 2 of “30 Days to Understanding the Bible” by Max E. Anders (protestant resource).  He starts his model in the middle of the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.  Here it goes:

(Sun) a beach ball – 2 feet in diameter — at the center
(Mercury) a mustard seed — walk a city block away
(Venus) a BB — walk another city block away
(Earth) a pea — walk another city block away
(Mars) a mustard seed — walk another city block
(asteroid belt) sprinkle some grass around
(Jupiter) an orange — walk a quarter of a mile away
(Saturn) a golf ball — walk another third of a mile
(Uranus) a marble — walk a mile away
(Neptune) a cherry — walk a mile away
(Pluto) a marble — walk another 2 miles away

This model is about 10 miles in diameter from Sun to Pluto.  Now, to better understand distance even better, let’s place Alpha Centauri (the next nearest star to our sun) with another beach ball 6,720 miles away from the “Sun” in Japan.
This is not only helpful with concepts of science.  Understanding the size, location and distances give us perspective into geography.  This is also an important concept when studying Scripture.  It is helpful to know names, locations and distances between important geographical locations, otherwise comprehension gets lost or ignored, leaving our faith to appear unrelevent and archaic.  We should embrace the sciences to glorify God.  — plus it’s kinda cool!