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New Relativistic Pulsars

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A team of American and Canadian radio astronomers has discovered 21 rapidly pulsing pulsars that will provide new tests for the biblically predicted big bang creation model. Of the 21 newly discovered pulsars (neutron stars that emit radio waves which pulse on and off), 13 are in binary systems where a companion star orbits the pulsar. Of the 13 pulsars in binary systems, two show eclipses and two have highly eccentric orbits. For the two with highly eccentric orbits, the team measured a periastron advance (advance of the point where the two stars come closest together in their orbit) of 0.225 and 0.327 degrees per year respectively. Such large periastron advances will provide a definitive test of Einstein’s theory of general relativity (GR)—potentially confirming the reliability of GR to better than one part in a hundred trillion. Such a confirmation would strengthen the already very high confidence in the spacetime theorems of GR. These theorems conclude, based on the reliability of GR, that a causal Agent created all the spacetime dimensions associated with the universe. Such a conclusion establishes the existence and the creative work of the God of the Bible.

o   Scott M. Ransom et al., “Twenty-One Millisecond Pulsars in Terzan 5 Using the Green Bank Telescope,” Science 307 (2005): 892-96.

o   http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/asbstract/307/5711/892

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