Friday, September 21, 2012

How old is our planet Earth?

Earth is the third planet from the Sun, and the densest and fifth-largest of the eight planets in the Solar System. It is also the largest of the Solar System's four terrestrial planets.
Circumference: 40,075 km
Distance from Sun: 149,600,000 km
Escape velocity: 11,190 km/s
Density: 5.52 g/cm³
Population: 6,840,507,003 (2010) World Bank
Moon: Moon

The age of the Earth is 4.54 ± 0.05 billion years (4.54 × 109 years ± 1%). This age is based on evidence from radiometric age dating of meteorite material and is consistent with the ages of the oldest-known terrestrial and lunar samples. Following the scientific revolution and the development of radiometric age dating, measurements of lead in uranium-rich minerals showed that some were in excess of a billion years old.

Hinduism: Age of the earth according to Vedic chronology

"The Hindu religion is the only one of the world's great faiths dedicated to the idea that the Cosmos itself undergoes an immense, indeed an infinite, number of deaths and rebirths. It is the only religion in which the time scales correspond, to those of modern scientific cosmology. Its cycles run from our ordinary day and night to a day and night of Brahma, 8.64 billion years long. Longer than the age of the Earth or the Sun and about half the time since the Big Bang. And there are much longer time scales still." "A millennium before Europeans were willing to divest themselves of the Biblical idea that the world was a few thousand years old, the Mayans were thinking of millions and the Hindus billions." Dr. Carl Sagan, (1934-1996) famous astrophysicist

What does the Bible tell us about the age of the earth?

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1). The question of the age of the earth has produced heated discussions on debate boards, classrooms, TV, radio, and in many churches, Christian colleges, and seminaries. The primary sides are: Young earth proponents (biblical age of the earth and universe of about 6,000 years) Old earth proponents (secular age of the earth of about 4.5 billion years and a universe about 14 billion years old)