Olber’s Paradox, Debugged and Undone

note: the following is an email Tom sent out a number of months ago. We’re posting it here to share with the public. Enjoy!

Dear Family and Friends,

I woke up this morning looking for a nice picture of the Big Bang, uncluttered by the silly TV series with the same name. If you look for BIG BANG ORIGIN, you will see hundreds of pics of how people have imagined it.

The “BIG BANG” seems to be the only scientifically accepted theory of the formation of the universe, but

O We don’t know much about it

O it’s hard to imagine and there are no pictures of the Big Bang that satisfy me. That below is as good as any of hundreds of others found at “big bang origin pics” on the web.

However, one thing we MAY know, is that the universe is not infinite, supposedly proved by Older’s Paradox (Wiki)

In astrophysics and physical cosmology, Olbers’ paradox, named after the German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers(1758 – 1840) 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.

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I think this is mis-stated. If the Cosmos has only existed for 13.8 Billion years, then we can only “see back in time” 13.8 BY! Any stars farther away than 13.8 BY would not be seen,

AND THE COSMOS COULD BE INFINITE.

This is Tom Reed’s debugging of OLBER’S paradox.

SO THE COSMOS MAY BE INFINITE AND THERE IS NO PARADOX!

Think about this! I would appreciate any comments you have. You are on my thoughtful list of F & F.

(Don’t let this spoil your sleep.)

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