Reinventing the Universe

“Gentles, perchance you wonder at this show:

But wonder on, till truth make all things plain.”

William Shakespeare

"A Midsummer Night's Dream"



My name is Jerrold Thacker and I have had an ongoing interest in astronomy for over 60 years. During that time, after countless hours of research, I have become convinced that the universe is very much different than the picture astronomers would have us believe.


I consider myself to be an Astronomical Devil’s Advocate!


This web site will explain some of what I believe to be wrong in today’s astronomy and plausible alternate explanations for everything I think is wrong.


This web site is designed to briefly discuss various topics and then provide a link to more detailed information on each. As it could take a long time to wade through all the links provided, I suggest you bookmark this page and come back to it from time to time.  I would also appreciate your passing this website address to others if you find it interesting.


Enjoy the journey. If you peruse some or most of the topics below and still believe what astronomers are telling us, then I have failed my purpose. Please feel free to contact me with your comments and observations.


Note:  My new book titled “The Path Less Traveled”, comparing the Doppler effect with the Tired Light effect, is now available.  See







Links to More Information


1.      The Shapiro effect can explain the redshift of distant galaxies.  This is a “tired light” effect that explains how light loses energy as a function of distance, resulting in a redshift, as determined by Hubble.  It is based on Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, and has been experimentally verified many times.  For more information see The Shapiro Effect.


2.      Studies of high-redshift SN 1a supernova which seem to show that the universe is expanding, that this expansion is accelerating, and this is caused by “Dark Energy” are disputed. The effects observed can be explained as due to the deflection of light from distant supernovae by neutron stars, which results in optical illusions of supernovae with higher redshifts.  Space may not be expanding or accelerating at all and there may be no dark energy.  For more information, see The Myth of an Accelerating Universe.


3.      Quasars are not very distant, and do not emit the tremendous energies attributed to them, There is also a possible explanation for their very high redshifts.  For more information see Quasars.


4.      The deflection of light by gravity is greater than predicted by Einstein.  A minor correction to Einstein’s equation provides an improved estimate.  For more information, see Deflection Correction.


5.      Current estimates of the distance to stars are seriously flawed, and stars are much nearer than previously thought, with the closest just a few light weeks away.  This is a fascinating section which could change just about everything we thought we knew about stars.  For more information see Distance to the Stars.


6.      Nearly 50% of the stars observed are doubles. The chance of this being random is very low. We show that double stars, including most binary systems are the result of the deflection of starlight by gravity. For more information, see Double Stars and Gravity.


7.      Many, or even most, of the galaxies and star clusters are optical illusions. I know it sounds off the wall, but I present what I believe are sound arguments that much of what we see in the heavens are optical illusions caused by the deflection of light by gravity.  For more information see Optical Illusions in the Universe.


8.      Many, if not most, of the star images we see in the heavens are not real—they are optical images.  See Stars as Optical Illusions.


9.      Pulsars may not be rotating neutron stars.  They may be really pulsating black holes.  For more information see Pulsars.


10.  Neutrinos may travel faster than light.  This section addresses the recent CERN experiment which seemed to show that neutrinos travel faster than the speed of light.  I contend that neutrinos travel at the speed of light, and that the measurement of the speed of light is underestimated due to the effect of gravity on light.  For more information see Neutrinos.


11.  The sun may be a pulsar.  Interesting observations you may not know about the sun. For more information see The Sun may be a Pulsar!


12.  There is an explanation for the missing mass theory. There may not be any missing matter in the universe.  All those years spent looking for missing mass that can’t be found is probably because there isn’t any!  For more information see Missing Mass.


13.  The cosmic background radiation (CBR) is not proof of a Big Bang. There was no big bang, and the CBR does not have the characteristics that it should have if there was a big bang.  For more information see Cosmic Background Radiation. 


14.  We use information we have gained to present an intriguing new concept of how the planets of the solar system evolved over time.  This section explains things about the solar system that have plagued astronomers for ages.  For more information see  The Solar System


Contact me with your comments. I respond to all e-mail.


 Jerrold Thacker

Jerrold Thacker