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Definitive Cosmic Expansion Time Dilation Test

Observations by a team of American astronomers have provided scientists with a powerful new tool for establishing that the universe indeed continuously expands from a creation event as the Bible predicted more than 2,500 years ago. Their new method also demonstrates that the young-universe creationist model for cosmic expansion must be incorrect. In a universe that has continuously expanded from a creation event 14 billion years ago, Einstein’s theory of special relativity predicts that a supernova manifesting a redshift of 0.36 will take several days longer than a comparable supernova in the Milky Way Galaxy to proceed through a set of changes in its spectrum. Non-expanding universe cosmic models predict zero days while young-earth creationist models predict that the supernova will progress through its spectral changes nearly a million times faster! The team’s measurements on supernova 1997ex definitively confirm the biblically predicted cosmic creation model and at the same time falsify both non-expanding universe models and young-universe creationist models.

Ryan J. Foley, et al, “A Definitive Measurement of Time Dilation in the Spectral Evolution of the Moderate-Redshift Type Ia Supernova 1997ex,” Astrophysical Journal Letters, 626 (2005), pp. L11-L14.

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Hugh Ross and Eric Agol, “Missing Solar Neutrinos Found,” Facts for Faith, quarter 2, 2002, issue 9, pp. 10-11.

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Reasons to Believe emerged from my passion to research, develop, and proclaim the most powerful new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior and to use those new reasons to reach people for Christ. Read more about Dr. Hugh Ross.