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Supernova in LMC Much Older than 10,000 Years

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Astronomers have discovered another piece of evidence for an ancient universe. The Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) galaxy resides 160,000 light years from Earth. The fact that astronomers can observe the galaxy argues for a cosmos at least 160,000 years old. Recently, observations from the Chandra X-ray satellite permitted the dating of a supernova in the LMC at 30,000 years. These results fit naturally and expectedly in RTB’s cosmic creation model, in which the universe dates to 13.73 billion years. However, the same data strains any model positing a 6,000- to 10,000-year-old cosmos. As scientific advance reveals more data about the universe, the case for an old cosmos grows—as do the problems for young-cosmos models.

o   F. D. Seward et al., “Chandra Observation of the Magellanic Cloud Supernova Remnant 0454-67.2 in N9,” Astrophysical Journal 640 (2006): 327-34.


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