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Using Globular Clusters in M31 to Test Creation

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A team of American and Italian astronomers has buttressed several linchpins for the biblically predicted big bang creation model and for several of the cosmic features that give evidence for supernatural design. These linchpins are the distances to both the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) and the Andromeda Galaxy (M31) and the ages of the oldest globular clusters in M31. The team performed the most extensive and precise photometric measurements to date on 10 different globular star clusters in M31. Their measurements are consistent with a model of the universe continuously expanding from a cosmic creation event about 13.7 billion years ago and a distance to the LMC of 167,300 light years. These measures provide even more certainty that the big bang creation model is correct and that a superintelligent, supernatural Creator designed the universe for the benefit of life, and humans in particular.

o   R. M. Rich et al., “Hubble Space Telescope WFPC2 Color-Magnitude Diagrams for Globular Clusters in M31,” Astronomical Journal 129 (2005): 2670-91.

o   http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/AJ/journal/issues/v129n6/204517/brief/204517.abstract.html

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Subjects: Universe Design

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