The stars of science

There is news from far away: astrophysicists have found a very old star. Well, that’s what they say. But how much science is there involved in astronomy and its siblings? The answers is: very little.

When you open a book about astronomy you will pretty quickly find the statement, that “stars are so far away, that we can’t know anything about them. We just make guesses”. Interesting. A science that admits not to be about facts, but about guesses and assumptions. “Scientific assumptions” is just as much an oxymoron as a “square circle”. Not possible.

This new old star is at an estimated 117 light years away from us. A light year is the distance that the light travels in a vacuum and that means one light year is 9 460 730 472 580 km! Multiply that with 117 and you get eh…. very, very far. And that’s only an estimate, for of course nobody can say with any kind of certainty if this is correct. Nevertheless our scientists have decided that they know enough about this star to say  that it is about the oldest one that exist. And that this means their might be life on the planets around this star. Well, there might or might not be life there, but how would we ever know? It’s a bit far to travel.

Can these people get a job? This is not science, it’s dreaming. And that’s exactly what you should do with the stars. Look at them, enjoy the view, dream and phantasize about them, but don’t start making such statements about them. Stars are a mystery and always will be. And if you want to make assumptions, don’t ask money for it. Keep it as a hobby.