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Design of Opacity in Spiral Galaxy Disks

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An international team of astronomers has developed additional confirmation for an important design feature for the Milky Way Galaxy. The team demonstrated that dust extinction in the galaxy’s disk is correlated with the type, mass, and age of the galaxy. The degree of dust extinction is one factor determining what kinds of stars and planets will form and, of course, freedom from dust extinction is critical for observers to gain an unobstructed view of the galaxy and the universe. The team’s research shows that for the solar system to possibly support life it must form in a galaxy with the just-right dust extinction characteristics and the solar system must form in a just-right high-dust-extinction region of that just-right galaxy. For advanced life to be possible and to gain a clear cosmic view, the solar system must be quickly ejected from a high-dust-extinction region to an extremely low-dust-extinction region. All this just-right fine-tuning testifies of a superintelligent, supernatural Creator.

·         B. W. Holwerda et al., “The Opacity of Spiral Galaxy Disks. III. Automating the Synthetic Field Method,” Astronomical Journal 129 (2005): 1381-95.


·         B. W. Holwerda et al., “The Opacity of Spiral Galaxy Disks. IV. Radial Extinction Profiles from Counts of Distant Galaxies Seen Through Foreground Disks,” Astronomical Journal 129 (2005): 1396-1411.


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·         Hugh Ross, “Anthropic Principle: A Precise Plan for Humanity

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·         The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross

Subjects: Galaxy Design

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