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 65 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: Since my book “The Path Less Traveled” (see was published in 2015 I have come to the realization that the redshift of distant objects is not due to “tired light” and instead is caused by the deflection of light by neutron stars. The redshifted objects we observe are optical illusions and the Hubble law is invalid.  This website has been updated in March, 2016 to reflect this new explanation.


Links to More Information


1.     THIS SECTION COULD CHANGE 100 YEARS OF ASTRONOMY!  Celestial objects with a redshift greater than z > .0017 are optical illusions.  This includes Quasars, Galaxies and Supernovae.  The observed redshift is a local function due to deflection of light rays by neutron stars and is not related to distance. The Hubble law is invalid and redshift has nothing to do with distance. See Redshift.


3.     Einstein stated numerous times that light loses velocity in the presence of a gravitational field.  This has been proven experimentally many times, and is called the Shapiro effect. The importance of this very important effect of gravity on light has largely been ignored by the scientific community.  This section provides an introduction to the effect of gravity on light.  For more information, see The Shapiro Effect.


4.     Studies of high-redshift SN 1a supernovae which seem to show that the universe is expanding, that this expansion is accelerating, and this is caused by “Dark Energy” are disputed. Three Astronomers who studied this effect were awarded the Nobel prize in 2011. The effects observed can be explained in a much simpler ways.  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.


5.     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.


6.     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.


7.     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.


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.  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.  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. 


13.  I present a speculative new concept about gravity, and how gravitational forces are concentrated in neutrons, including some intriguing observational results that might indicate I am on the right track. See New ideas about gravity.


14.  I 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