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Iron to Magnesium Ratio

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Astronomers have developed a new tool for uncovering evidence for supernatural design of the universe and for establishing the reality of a big bang creation event. They discovered that the ratio of iron-to-magnesium emission in distant galaxies and quasars accurately traces star formation history. Both iron and magnesium are copiously produced by the first stars to form in a galaxy, namely short-lived very massive stars (type II supernovae). Additional iron, however, is produced later by accreting white dwarf supernovae. Consequently, the iron to magnesium ratio will gradually increase as the galaxy distance decreases and the galaxy age increases. This consequence was confirmed by the astronomers’ observations, a confirmation that provides yet another evidence for the biblically predicted big bang creation event and yet another tool for determining the birth date of the universe. The lowest observed ratio of iron to magnesium accurately marks the onset of star formation for different kinds of galaxies and quasars—marks that will help astronomers establish more evidence for the design of the universe for the benefit of life and human life in particular.

·         E. M. Verner and B. A. Peterson, “Elucidating the Correlation of the Quasar Fe II/Mg II Ratio with Redshift,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 608 (2004): L85-L88.


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