170 years ago today - Jan 23, 1848
At the Council House Orson Pratt "addressed them quite lengthy upon Asstronomy Philosophy, and various principles which he had studied . . . He intirely overthrows many of the systems of the modern Phylosiphers & Asstronomiers & modern reasoning in many respects to overthrow the gentile christian Argument "that God made the Heavens, sun, moon, & stars And the earth & all that in them are out of nothing in six days. He said that it was admitted by modern Phylosophers that stars had been discovered through telescopes so remote from the earth that it would take thrity thousand years for the light of it to reach this earth though it should travel at the rate of two hundred thousand miles per second. So it must have been in exhistance 24,000 before the earth was formed."