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July 12, 2005

Astrology?

We tend to blame everything on others. He failed the examination because the teachers were lousy. She couldn't get that job because her maid didn't wash her car. At times, we also blame on things beyond our control. He couldn't complete his bachelor degree thesis in time because his gold fish drowned. She managed to board the flight because she prayed hard before leaving her house.

Due to this kind of mindset, people indulge themselves in predicting the future. They don't want themselves to be responsibled. So, they blamed on the sun, the moon, and the stars. Of course, there are more things to place the blame on, such as, the time an incident happens, the date and time of birth, the location on earth, etc. However, all these are related to stars and planets as well.

While chatting with my good friend, JDL the other day, this idea suddenly struck me. Alpha Centauri is the nearest star to us, discounting our Sun. It is a system of three stars, i.e. Alpha Centauri A, Alpha Centauri B, and Proxima Centauri. The nearest to us is Proxima Centauri which is 4.22 light-years away. In general, this triple star system is 4.3 light-years away. In astrology, poeple believe that the positions and the movements of stars (including planets and comets) affect our lives. Not counting the the planets in our solar systems, the nearest reference will be Alpha Centauri. Think about this hard! The position of Alpha Centauri that you are seeing now is actually 4.3 years ago. It is no longer there at this moment, my friend!

If there are people staying in a planet around Alpha Centauri, and we pass on our astrology knowledge to them, can we say that they will be able to know what will happen to earthlings at least 4 years in advance? Maybe.

Let's say there is another star which is 10.3 light-years away from the earth, and Alpha Centauri is just in between that star and the earth. So, people at Alpha Centauri will be able to see or predict something in 6 years, rather that to wait for 10.3 years on earth.

Then, can we put our people there at Alpha Centauri to predict the future ahead of us, and send us the information? The answer is "NO". Even if space travel to Alpha Centauri is possible, radio signal will travel at the same speed as light. By the time we receive the information, the light from the star will reach us as well.

Another interesting argument is that, our lives are not affected by the light of the stars. We are affected by the gravity of the stars, and gravity travels at the same speed as light. So, we don't have to go to Alpha Centauri to look ahead. The gravity of a particular star is as good as the moment we see the light from that star.

Anyway, if the passage of life is predictable and is really been planned in certain ways, it is still fun to live anymore? Give me all your money and a self addressed and stamped envelope, I will send you your horrorscope (horoscope) reading.

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