Reasons to Believe

Past CMB Temperature Confirms Creation

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Astronomers have found evidence in a distant gas cloud that supports a supernatural origin of the universe. Observations of light from distant objects give astronomers pictures of the universe when it was much younger.  This light interacts with gas clouds as it travels through space toward Earth. Detailed analysis of how the clouds absorb light reveals information about the cloud’s properties. A team of astronomers detected a distant gas cloud absorbing light from a more distant quasar. The carbon in the gas cloud exhibited a much higher state of excitation (rapid movement) than expected. However, the molecules’ rapid movement could be explained if the cosmic microwave background (CMB) temperature was 14.2 K (Kelvin). The temperature today is 2.7 K. This temperature matches predictions from RTB’s cosmic creation model, in which the universe started in a hot state and cooled off as it expanded. 

o   C. Ledoux, P. Petitjean and R. Srianand, “Molecular Hydrogen in a Damped Lya System at zabs = 4.224,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 640 (2006): L25-28.


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Dr. David Rogstad

Dr. Dave Rogstad received his PhD in physics from Caltech and worked over 30 years for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Though now retired, Dave continues to serve as an RTB board member and participates regularly in several RTB podcasts.