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['one question: starlight from stars billions of light-years way reaching us...explain.']

No one can count to a billion, so how is it that we know the stars are billions of light years away?

mthtchr05, Yahoo! Answers 54 Comments [8/1/2006 12:00:00 AM]
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Okay. Here's a hint. Just because you can't do it doesn't mean another person or even just a computer can't.

8/2/2006 1:03:08 PM


I think mthtchr05 finds counting to 100 to be an amazing feat...

8/2/2006 1:22:12 PM


Because you don't have to count in order to go \"Oh, look, 14 followed by 9 zeroes. It must be 14 billion!\"

8/2/2006 1:31:04 PM

David D.G.

Does this poster think that scientists somehow lay out a light-year-long yardstick and count, \"One, two, three ... forty-five thousand and ninety-five, forty-five thousand and ninety-six....\"? Counting -- boy, that's the lamest objection to this that I've seen yet.

Is the \"05\" in the poster's name his/her age?!? He/she should learn some mathematics!

~David D.G.

8/2/2006 1:36:34 PM


One, two, skip a few,
ninety nine, one hundred.

Now, my vowel challenged fundie, why don't you do a bit of research and find out how they know that the stars are billions of light years away. I am sure the information is available. Get back to us when you have found out with your refutation.

8/2/2006 2:03:46 PM


Yeah, and I bet Bill Gates neither knows nor cares if a billion bucks goes missing from his bank account, 'cause gee, \"No one can count to a billion.\"

8/2/2006 2:14:31 PM


*hits head against brick wall*

8/2/2006 2:15:50 PM


What's scary is that (I think) this person's handle is supposed to sound like \"math teacher\". Someone please prove me wrong.

8/2/2006 2:17:36 PM


Because you don't have to count in order to go \"Oh, look, 14 followed by 9 zeroes. It must be 14 billion!\"

8/2/2006 2:20:02 PM

Dr. Major

Prove a number bigger than a billion exists I dare you!

8/2/2006 2:25:40 PM

Mister Spak

There is a billion light years of space between your ears.

8/2/2006 2:27:17 PM


SO lets see 99 x 99 x 99 = 970299
But I cant count to nine hundred and seventy thousand two hundred and ninety nine. therefore that my calculatlor is wrong.

8/2/2006 2:47:52 PM


This may be a bit sad but:

Given one second per number and an 8 hour working day gives 28,800 numbers per day.

Dividing this into 1 billion (1,000,000,000) gives a little over 34,722 days.

This gives the time taken to count to 1 billion as a little over 95 years.

Of course, this discounts weekends, leap years and holidays but it does show that someone CAN count to a billion.

OK, I'll shut up now.

8/2/2006 3:04:20 PM


on a side note, am I the only pathetic purist who likes the term \"thousand million\" and thinks that \"billion\" should fuck off to where it used to be? That is 1,000,000,000,000.

8/2/2006 3:15:29 PM


Just because one can't count to a number doesn't mean one can't do valid math with that number.

TDR -- But that would evict poor, innocent trillion.

8/2/2006 3:34:38 PM


TDR: silly person, using the European method.

8/2/2006 3:34:44 PM

David D.G.

TDR: Hey, why even use \"million\"? Just call it a thousand thousand, why don't you? Then we can call a billion a thousand thousand thousand, and so on.

Seriously, the word \"billion\" is a BIG improvement on \"thousand million.\" Besides, it just wouldn't sound right to do a Carl Sagan impression and say, \"thousand millions and thousand millions.\"

~David D.G.

8/2/2006 4:28:39 PM


How do we know? The relationship of the star's color spectrum and the relative brightness. Go take an astronomy course, please.

8/2/2006 4:28:47 PM


There is no emoticon to express what I'm feeling.

8/2/2006 4:32:30 PM


If he'd ever used a calculator he might realize that arithmetic isn't done by counting. Bet then maybe his calculator can only display up to 9....

8/2/2006 4:32:51 PM


1,2 skip a few, nine hundred ninety nine million, a billion

8/2/2006 4:38:30 PM

Anna Ghislaine

Just for the record, there is a word for a thousand million - milliard. A billion is a million squared (well, it will be until the European terminology is pushed out of existence).

8/2/2006 4:43:34 PM



8/2/2006 5:38:21 PM


\"WTF Award\" anyone? This is hilarious. Just because he can't count to a billion doesn't mean no one can. Also, any true Christian knows that nowhere in the Bible does it say the earth is only 6,000 years old. According to Genesis and the fact that Adam and Eve repopulated the word, the universe could very well be trillions of years old.

8/2/2006 9:32:50 PM

Napoleon the Clown

Nobody can count to one hundred fifty million. How do we know that one AU is 150 million km?

8/2/2006 10:46:58 PM

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