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Discovery of Milky Way Design Feature

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Dutch astronomers discovered another design feature for our Milky Way Galaxy. They found that the rate of formation of molecular hydrogen on dust grain surfaces when our galaxy was young strongly enhances the star formation rate at that time. If the star formation rate at that time was any lower or higher than it was, then the conditions for life in the future solar system would not have been achieved. Consequently, the molecular hydrogen formation rate on dust grain surfaces during the early history of the Milky Way Galaxy must be fine-tuned for life to be possible. The team also determined that the efficiency of molecular hydrogen formation depends strongly on the dust temperature, to some degree on the gas temperature, and obviously on the quantity of dust. Thus, at least three factors must be fine-tuned to ensure that the star formation rate in our galaxy’s early history is just right to ensure the possibility of future life. This much fine-tuning, together with all the rest of our galaxy’s fine-tuned characteristics, demands a supernatural Creator and Designer.

o   S. Cazaux and M. Spaans, “Molecular Hydrogen Formation on Dust Grains in the High-Redshift Universe,” Astrophysical Journal 611 (2004): 40-51.


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Subjects: Galaxy Design

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