Wandering solar system causes ice ages, according to an article in Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 2 August 2005. Astronomer Douglas Gies of Georgia State University’s Centre for High Angular Resolution Astronomy and high school science student John Helsel have proposed a new theory about the origin of ice ages. They suggest the solar system has passed through “immense clouds of exploding stars” in the spiral arms of the Milky Way galaxy and “when our solar system passes through a spiral arm, the cosmic rays fall to Earth and knock electrons off atoms in the atmosphere, making them electrically charged, or ionized. Since opposite electrical charges attract each other, the positively charged ionized particles attract the negatively charged portion of water vapour, thus forming large droplets in the form of low-lying clouds. In turn, the clouds cool the climate and trigger an ice age.” The article goes on to explain: “By making a variety of assumptions about the rate of solar motion and the distribution of spiral arms in the galaxy – which are difficult to map because galactic dust and foreground stars get in the way – Gies and Helsel conclude that ‘the sun has traversed four spiral arms at times that appear to correspond well with long-duration cold periods on Earth.'” Gies and Helsel’s theory is published in Astrophysical Journal.

Editorial Comment: Did you notice how much of this theory has come about by making assumptions and not by observing facts? In spite of this, such a theory can still be published in a mainstream scientific journal, because it fits the acceptable evolutionary view. The fact such way out speculations can be put forward as a serious explanation of ice ages also indicates that no one really knows why ices ages occur.

The Biblical book of Job first mentions the coming of the ice (Chapters 6 and 38), who lived several centuries after the Tower of Babel. Historical and physical evidence shows that the earth has been through one major ice age, which was part of the massive climate changes that occurred after Noah’s flood (see Genesis 8 and 9). If we really want to understand the history of earth’s climate, try consulting the written record given by the only One who observed the earth’s climate from the beginning. (Ref. presuppositions, weather, beliefs)