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December 7, 2013

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Q: Does Comet ISON’s demise suggest a young universe?

A: While much anticipated by sky-watchers, Comet ISON’s close path by the sun proved calamitous. Because sun-grazers like Comet ISON closely approach the fiery heat of our sun, they can put on a great one-time show, so long as they survive. Much of their ice melts as they graze the sun, producing a magnificent tail of dust and gas visible from earth. But this close encounter can also cause the frozen dusty nucleus of the comet to essentially disintegrate, as evidently happened with ISON.

Two other catastrophic loss mechanisms can also put an end to comets. First, as comets pass close to the major planets (especially the gas giant Jupiter), the gravity of those planets can alter comet orbits. Second, comets occasionally collide with planets, thus abruptly ending their existence. Both of these occurrences have been observed by astronomers.

Given these common terminal incidences, it is not likely that comets could survive the billions of years held by evolutionary scientists. Neither do we have convincing observational evidence to explain how new comets may form. Instead, what astronomers actually observe is, not surprisingly, perfectly consistent with what we would expect from reading God’s Word.

Read the News to Know article to consider more about the origin and demise of comets like ISON. Also, read Dr. Danny Faulkner’s blog post about how comets indicate the solar system is far younger than most scientists think.

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Get EquippedThings That Go Bump in the Night

Astronomer Dr. Danny Faulkner explores the existence of black holes, dark matter, and dark energy. He separates the issues of physics and good science from evolutionary musings.

News to Know Quick Look

Super-salty Water Sealed Beneath Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater: Does the Chesapeake Bay crater memorialize a meteorite impact from the time of Noah’s Flood?

Fruit-Eating Crocodiles Dispel Carnivorous Misconceptions: Contrary to conventional wisdom, crocodilians not only can digest fruit but seem to commonly and intentionally consume it.

Eyes on Comet ISON’s Fiery Fate but Not Oort Origins: Comet ISON’s fate fuels speculation about its origins.

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