Negotiating traffic on Southern California freeways is tricky. Not long ago, I witnessed a collision of several cars in my rearview mirror—if I had gotten on that freeway anywhere from a few … more
How would the world look if you saw only gamma rays? Instead of the normal tapestry of colors, everything would appear rather uniform and mundane. Lifting your gaze upward would reveal an uneven glow … more
They prey on their own kind. Some might call it cannibalism, but it’s the only way they can survive. Indeed, the zombie apocalypse is here.
So-called “zombies” exist … more
Astronomical events can dramatically affect life on Earth. For instance, it is well-established that a large meteor impact emanating from the solar system wiped out the dinosaurs (and many other … more
Cite: Jo Bovy, Hans-Walter Rix, and David W. Hogg, “The Milky Way Has No Thick Disk,” The Astrophysical Journal 751 (June 1, 2012): id. 131. more
My husband and I have experienced a spate of “interesting” next-door neighbors over the last year. As a new set of neighbors recently moved in, I couldn’t help praying they’d … more
It’s not just paleontologists who are eager to study fossils. Astronomers are also fascinated by them—fossils of a different sort, that is. Their quest is to understand the remains of … more
(01/31/2012) Water on Mars; Water witching; Misconceptions of evolution? Single stars or galaxies? more
As I explain in Monday’s post, galaxies collide regularly with one another. These collisions play a significant role in galaxy structure—particularly the formation and maintenance of the … more
Like most parents, my wife and I struggle to teach our kids to eat the right amount of the right kinds of foods. Too little food results in them not having the strength they need. Too much food or the … more
Space.com, "Why the Milky Way May Be Facing a Midlife Crisis" Nov 15, 2011; http://www.space.com/13632-milky-galaxy-midlife-crisis.html more
In trying to explain the fine-tuning of the Sun’s age, I will sometimes tell an audience that stars are like people. They are unstable when young and when old. Only when the Sun is almost … more
Sciencemag.org, "Galaxy Clusters Validate Einstein's Theory" Sep 28, 2011; http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2011/09/galaxy-clusters-validate-einstei.html more
The Astrophysical Journal, "How Common Are The Magellanic Clouds?" May 20, 2011 more
In precisely one week Maureen and I will take the public bus of the skies to San Jose, CA. Our destination: A writers’ conference in Mount Hermon. In preparation for this (or any) trip, I must … more
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For physical life to be possible in the universe, several characteristics must take on specific values, and these are listed below.1 In the case of several of these … more
Jeff Zweerink’s Top Five Reasons
1. The vastness of the cosmos. As Psalm 19:1 states, “the heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His … more
Astronomer: In around six to seven billion years the Sun will exhaust all its hydrogen fuel and begin the process of stellar death. When that happens, the Sun will grow so large it will engulf planet … more
The correct definition of the anthropic principle states that humanity’s existence places severe constraints on the physical constants, structure, and history of the universe, on the Milky Way … more
Examining in some detail the history of the universe helps test the biblical doctrine of cosmic creation in five important ways.
Was the universe created?
How was the universe created?
Was the … more