Reasons to Believe

First Direct Observation of First-Generation Starlight

TNRTB Archive - Retained for reference information

Astronomers have finally detected the light from the very first stars in the universe, confirming the scientific picture that supports RTB’s cosmic creation model. Results from the WMAP satellite revealed that the first stars formed 200 million years after the big bang. Consequently, the light from these objects will be redshifted to the infrared part of the electromagnetic spectrum. Using the Spitzer Space Telescope and carefully subtracting known foreground light, a team of NASA astronomers detected clustering, which is believed to be the summed light from these first stars. The clustering signature confirms the WMAP age of these first-generation stars and also shows that they burned out very quickly—within a few million years. Now that light from these first stars has been detected, further technological advances will allow scientists to study their properties in more detail. RTB’s creation model predicts that results from those studies will confirm the work of a supernatural Designer in the development of the universe.

o   A. Kashlinksy et al., “Tracing the First Stars with Fluctuations of the Cosmic Infrared Background,” Nature 438 (2005): 45-50.


·         Related Resource

o   Hugh Ross, Anthropic Principle: A Precise Plan for Humanity

·         Product Spotlight

o   Journey Toward Creation, 2nd ed., with Hugh Ross

Subjects: Universe Design

Dr. Hugh Ross

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.