Thursday, August 23, 2007

Disappearing comets and Mars water - Good News for YECs

If you would like to know answers to many puzzles of the universe, the Bible gives counsel:

"This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it - the LORD (JEHOVAH) is His name. 'Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."


Calling on God was the method of choice for understanding puzzles of the universe for giants of modern science such as Newton, Maxwell, Pasteur, and others.

Disappearing water may be just one more mystery that God - Creator, Sustainer, Savior, and Final Judge of the universe - will maybe give us a hand with.

If you have been watching the news, you may have seen today that scientists are suggesting that solar flares (in addition to the effect of normal solar plasma and radiation) may have added to the loss of water from Mars, trying to explain why the planet is so dry. See:



http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20070823/sc_space/sunstemperblamedforlossofwateronmars



That gets me a bit excited. Why does a dry Mars make YECs ("young earth creationists") salivate? It's all in the process. The point here is that, just as solar plasma "pushes" water off the planet Mars, it is even more effective in "pushing" water from comets, which have much weaker gravitational fields.





Comets are made up of dust and "ice" (not only water, but also frozen ammonia, methane, and carbon dioxide) orbiting the sun in highly elliptical orbits. As they near the sun, the "solar wind" (charged particles emanating from the sun) pushes a tail of ions directly away from the sun, while solar radiation pushes away dust particles from the comet that form a tail that curves gently away from the sun.

The tail is the visible evidence that the comet is being gradually destroyed at each pass around the sun.

The rate of loss of mass from comets is a clear evidence that comets could not have been around for millions and millions of years. Therefore, water disappearing from comets at each pass near the sun is powerful evidence of a young solar system ... and take that to mean a young universe as well.


The comet dissipation has been known for a long long time. And YECs (such as your fearless blogger) have known it as well. But evolutionists and OECs ("old earth creationists") will never speak a single word of acknowledgment that rapidly diminishing comets could imply a young solar system.


A couple of links:

<www.answersingenesis.org/halley>

and

<www.answersingenesis.org/comet>


But the "hear no creation, see no creation, speak no creation" folks keep imagining that new comets continue to be captured into elliptical orbits from an invisible and heretofore unobserved "Oort cloud" or from the "Kuiper Belt Objects" (now known as the Trans-Neptunian Objects). The TNOs observed so far seem far too large to be candidates for future comets.


The truth it seems may be "blowin' in the wind" - the solar wind, that is.


Respectfully submitted,


D.U.

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