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Supernova Remnant Test for Creation Models

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New measurements by astronomers provide yet another refutation of a recent prediction made by young-earth creationists while confirming a contravening prediction made by old-earth creationists. The young-earth prediction states that astronomical evidence for highly dispersed supernova remnants will prove false and that astronomers will fail to uncover any more evidence for widely dispersed supernova remnants. Such supernova remnants have been difficult to detect because of background noise, but thanks to new measuring techniques several have been detected in the past two years in the Milky Way Galaxy and in the Magellanic Clouds. Now, new measurements made by the Chandra X-Ray Observatory establish that supernova remnant B0049-73.6 in the Small Magellanic Cloud has a dispersal diameter that equates to an age = 14,000 years. While not nearly as long a dispersal time as for several remnants found in the Milky Way Galaxy and for many other remnants in both Magellanic Clouds, this new measurement helps determine which creation model is correct.

o   Sean P. Hendrick, Stephen P. Reynolds, and Kazimierz J. Borkowski, “An Fe-Ni Bubble in the Small Magellanic Cloud Supernova Remnant B0049-73.6,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 622 (2005): L117-L120.


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