primordial dust mystery; 27 years not millions

Discussion in 'Natural Revelation and God's Creation' started by lynnie, Jul 28, 2012.

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  1. lynnie

    lynnie Puritan Board Graduate

    As a young earth creationist I found this to be interesting. I don't need modern proof for my beliefs, and scientists will come up with some sort of explanation that fits their model, but I still enjoy reading these discoveries.

    "July 28, 2012 – SPACE - A disc of planet-forming dust around a distant star has disappeared unexpectedly, leaving astronomers scratching their heads and questioning current theories of how planets are formed. “It’s like the classic magician’s trick: Now you see it, now you don’t,” said astronomer Carl Melis of UC San Diego, who led the team that discovered the phenomenon. “Only in this case, we’re talking about enough dust to fill an inner solar system and it is really gone.” The team has proposed several possible explanations for the disappearance, but “none are really compelling,” Melis said.


    It was first seen in 1983 by NASA’s Infrared Astronomical Satellite (IRAS). The dust disc heats up from absorbed light from its star and re-emits the energy in the infrared, giving the system a characteristic appearance. IRAS has discovered hundreds of such stars. The team reported Thursday in the journal Nature that they reexamined the star in 2008 using the Gemini South Observatory in Chile and found the same infrared signature observed in 1983. But when they looked at it again in 2009 with NASA’s orbiting Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, about two-thirds of the dust had disappeared. Observations with other telescopes the following year showed that virtually all of the dust was gone. “It’s as if you took a conventional picture of the planet Saturn today and then came back two years later and found that its rings had disappeared,” said co-author Ben Zuckerman of UCLA."

    According to the accepted theory of science, the dust disc in the primordial solar system that would have taken 100 million years to form the planets, and 3 to 10 million years to dissipate by solar winds- has suddenly disappeared around a star like our Sun, in as little as 27 years. Not only has it disappeared in a couple of decades; scientists can’t explain why it disappeared, and why it happened over such a short time frame when this process was thought to take millions of years.

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  2. J. Dean

    J. Dean Puritan Board Junior

    That IS quite interesting.
  3. Bill The Baptist

    Bill The Baptist Puritan Board Graduate

    It's funny, but whenever I hear of scientific "certainties" such as these that are proven wrong, I always think of Dr. Paige Patterson's famous quote, "I haven't always been right, but i've always been certain."
  4. OPC'n

    OPC'n Puritan Board Doctor

    lol love it!
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