Astrophysics and Space Science

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 117–119 | Cite as

Comment on Varshni's recent paper on quasar red shifts

  • C. B. Stephenson


A recent paper (Varshni, 1976) analyses the distribution of quasar red shifts for randomness, in an incorrect manner. A correct analysis shows that this distribution is in agreement with random expectation. Were the distribution highly non-random, the original conclusion was that, for the red shifts to be cosmological, the Earth would have a strongly privileged position in the Universe. A simple alternative model, in which this would not be so, is pointed out.


Alternative Model Simple Alternative Correct Analysis Privileged Position Original Conclusion 
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  1. Varshni, Y. P.: 1976,Astrophys. Space Sci. 43, 3.Google Scholar
  2. Varshni, Y. P.: 1977,Astrophys. Space Sci. 51, 121.Google Scholar

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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. B. Stephenson
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  1. 1.Warner and Swasey ObservatoryClevelandUSA

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