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Early Supernova Rate

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Astronomers have discovered what appears to be an additional design requirement for life: early supernova rates. They found that when the universe was young the rate at which supernova explosions occurred varies by a factor of six for galaxies of the same size and age. Since the supernova eruption rate determines the availability of the elements essential for life, the eruption rate when a galaxy is young will be one factor that will determine whether or not that galaxy will ever gain the potential to support life. Thus, scientific advance continues to show that mounting design requirements undermine the case for naturalism while building the case for supernatural creation.

Massimo Della Valle and Nino Panagua, “The Rate and Origin of Type Ia Supernovae in Radio Galaxies,” Astrophysical Journal Letters, 587 (2003), pp. L71-L74.

http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/ApJ/journal/issues/ApJL/v587n2/16671/brief/16671.abstract.html

RTB articles: Anthropic Principle article in Facts for Faith

RTB video: Journey Toward Creation, 2nd edition

RTB book: The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd edition; appendices in Lights in the Sky and Little Green Men

Subjects: Galaxy Design

Dr. Hugh Ross

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