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New Distance Measurement Technique Confirms Previous Results

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Continued testing of the cosmic distance scale further buttresses RTB’s cosmic creation model, which calls for a beginning and fine-tuning of the cosmos. Type Ia supernovae (exploding stars) provide the best way to determine the expansion history of the universe. Results based on type Ia observations give abundant evidence of design (such as the intricately fine-tuned space-energy density) and of a universal cosmic beginning (as described by the big bang). Using another type of dying star called planetary nebulae, astronomers independently measured the distances to galaxies containing well-studied type Ia supernovae. The distances measured using the new technique match well with other techniques, thereby strengthening big bang cosmology, which RTB’s creation model incorporates. 

o   John J. Feldmeier, George H. Jacoby, and M. M. Phillips, “Calibrating Type Ia Supernovae Using the Planetary Nebula Luminosity Function. I. Initial Results,” Astrophysical Journal 657 (2007): 76-94.


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