Reasons to Believe

Sun Born in Cluster with Massive Supernova

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Studies of radioactive-decay products from meteorites provide evidence buttressing RTB’s creation model. Certain radioisotopes arise only in supernova explosions of massive stars. Using the abundance of these elements and their decay products, a team of scientists determined that the Sun formed in a cluster of stars containing at least one massive star that died in a supernova explosion. Furthermore, the distance to that supernova must have been close enough to enrich the solar nebula adequately, but not so close that it would have destroyed the disk from which the planets formed. Such fine-tuning comports well with the idea of a supernatural Creator intervening to ensure the formation of a stable solar system with a planet suitable for life.  

o       Leslie W. Looney, John J. Tobin, and Brian D. Fields, “Radioactive Probes of the Supernova-contaminated Solar Nebula: Evidence that the Sun was Born in a Cluster,” Astrophysical Journal 652 (2006): 1755-62.

o       http://iopscience.iop.org/0004-637X/652/2/1755

·        Related Resource

o       Hugh Ross, Fine-Tuning for Life On Earth (June 2004)

·        Product Spotlight

o       The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross

Subjects: Solar System Design

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.