Universe gets younger, according to reports in PhysOrg 12 September 2019, Science Alert 13 September 2019 and Science 13 September 2019 doi: 10.1126/science.aat7371.
The Big Bang theory claims the universe started as an incredibly tiny “singularity” that rapidly expanded, and has been expanding ever since. The rate of expansion is known as the Hubble constant. By measuring the rate of expansion scientists aim to estimate the age of the universe. Over the last few years two different methods have been used to calculate the Hubble constant, but these give different answers.
One method produces a rate of around 67.5 kilometres per second per megaparsec (3.26 million light-years), the other around 74 kilometres per second per megaparsec. Next the astronomers make the assumption that the rate is somewhere in the middle of these two, so the age of the universe is put at 13.7 billion years.
In an attempt to resolve this dilemma, a group of scientists at Max Planck Institute, Germany, have used a new method, called gravitation lensing, to estimate the Hubble constant. They calculated it to be 82.4 (plus or minus 8.4) kilometres per second per megaparsec. Using this figure, the universe’s age would be 11.4 billion years – over two billion years younger than the current claim.
Editorial Comment: Can you see the real problem here? It’s not the technology involved in these various methods, but the assumption that the universe started all by itself billions of years ago. And then students, public and theologians are sold the lie that scientists know the universe is billions of years old, therefore the Bible cannot be true etc., etc.
The only way to really know the age of something is to have an accurate record from someone who observed the origin and recorded how long things took to happen after that. We have that record! God the Creator clearly states that made the stars on the fourth creation day, having already made the space he placed them into. God completed the heavens, earth and all that is in them in six days. We then have sufficient records of Biblical history and world history since then to know that the universe’s age is measured in thousands of years, not billions.
For more information on techniques for measuring the Hubble constant, along with comments by creation astronomer Spike Psarris, see our previous report Universe Expansion Problem here.
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Evidence News vol. 19, No. 16
9 October 2019
Creation Research Australia