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Massive Protostars

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Although some Christians still question the veracity of the big bang, it continues to receive a steady stream of confirmations. The latest comes from observations of massive protostars (precursors to very massive stars). Big bang cosmology predicts in great detail how stars of different masses should form. These predictions have been verified by observations—with the exception of very massive stars. This is not surprising since big bang cosmology predicts that such stars should form relatively quickly in deeply embedded molecular cores, thus making their observation difficult. Recently, two different teams of astronomers made the first positive identifications of very young, very massive protostars. Their measurements confirm the predictions of big bang cosmology. Since the Bible predicted in considerable detail thousands of years ago that the universe possesses fundamental big bang features, scientific confirmations of such big bang features provide powerful evidence for the Christian faith.

 

J. Forbrich, et al, “An Extremely Young Massive Stellar Object Near IRAS 07029-1215,” Astrophysical Journal, 602 (2004), pp. 843-849; D, S, Shepherd, D. E. A. Nürnberger, and L. Bronfman, “Discovery of a Massive Protostar Near IRAS 18507+0121,” Astrophysical Journal, 602 (2004), pp. 850-859; Michele R. Pestalozzi, et al, “A Circumstellar Disk in a High-Mass Star-Forming Region, Astrophysical Journal Letters, 603 (2004), pp. L113-L116.

http:www.journals.uchicago.edu/ApJ/journal/issues/ApJ/v602n2/58524/brief/58524.abstract.html; http:www.journals.uchicago.edu/ApJ/journal/issues/ApJ/v602n2/58701/brief/58701.abstract.html; http:www.journals.uchicago.edu/ApJ/journal/issues/ApJL/v603n2/18058/brief/18058.abstract.html

Subjects: Big Bang

Dr. Hugh Ross

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