Reasons to Believe

First Stars #2

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The discovery of early vigorous star formation bolsters the evidence for a big bang creation model (the fundamentals of which were described in the Bible thousands of years ago) and helps demonstrate that the Creator was purposefully preparing the cosmos for human beings. Astronomers measured the luminosity density of star-forming galaxies spanning a specified distance (redshift range of z ~ 3.5 to z ~ 6.5). They found that from the time the universe was 700 million years old to when it was 3 billion years old (early in cosmic history) the universe already was producing stars nearly as copiously as it did at its maximum about seven billion years ago. Early, copious star formation would be expected with a big bang model that calls for the metallicity requirements for human life.

M. Giavalisco, et al, “The Rest-Frame Ultraviolet Luminosity Density of Star-forming Galaxies at Redshifts z > 3.5,” Astrophysical Journal Letters, 600 (2004), pp. L103-L106; Casey Papovich, et al, “Evolution in the Colors of Lyman Break Galaxies from z ~ 4 to z ~ 3,” Astrophysical Journal Letters, 600 (2004), pp. L111-L114.


RTB articles: Hugh Ross and John Rea, “Big Bang—The Bible Taught It First!Facts for Faith, quarter 3, 2000, issue 3, pp. 26-31; Hugh Ross, “Predictive Power: Confirming Cosmic Creation,” Facts for Faith, quarter 2, 2002, issue 9, pp. 32-39; Hugh Ross, “A Beginner’s—and Expert’s—Guide to the Big Bang,” Facts for Faith, quarter 3, 2000, issue 3, pp. 14-32; anthropic principle articles in Facts for Faith

RTB video: Journey Toward Creation, 2nd edition

RTB book: The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd edition

Subjects: Big Bang

Dr. Hugh Ross

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