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Globular Cluster Enigma B

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New technology that allows better images of space has helped resolve an enigma affecting the big bang creation model. The big bang model predicts that depending on the size, type, and age of a galaxy a certain number of globular clusters (groups of stars) should be orbiting around it. A notable exception, however, was galaxy NGC 7814 where one study indicated that it had 3-5 times too many globular clusters. A new study with much higher quality images removes the discrepancy, showing that NGC 7814 has the same number of globular clusters as do the Milky Way and Andromeda galaxies. Once again scientific advance serves to bolster, rather than erode, confidence in the big bang creation model.

Katherine L. Rhode and Stephen E. Zepf, “The Globular Cluster System of the Spiral Galaxy NGC 7814,” Astronomical Journal, 126 (2003), pp. 2307-2316.


RTB article: Facts for Faith articles on the anthropic principle

RTB book: The Creator and the Cosmos, third edition

RTB: Journey Toward Creation, 2nd edition

Subjects: Solar System Design

Dr. Hugh Ross

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