- Series:Astronomy, Transcript English
“And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.”
You have probably heard of dark matter. Astrophysicists tell us that there is a lot of dark matter out there. What is it, and how do they know it is there?
The universe is, or at least was, expanding. Red shift measurements show how fast objects are moving away from us, and Hubble’s Law shows that the further objects are from us, the greater they are red shifted. The concept of the expansion of the universe is biblical, as we have observed on a number of previous Creation Moments. We read that God stretches the heavens like a curtain. We also know that the word used for expanse or space in Genesis 1 implies a stretching out.
However, under the Big Bang theory, there is a problem in predicting exactly how fast space should be expanding. The fact is that there is nowhere near enough mass from all the available or projected visible stars and galaxies in the universe.
So Big Bang theorists have proposed that there must be dark matter in the universe, to make up the rest of the mass. When we refer to dark matter, we are referring to the fact that it is devoid of light. So, it could be dark because it does not reflect light, or maybe its darkness is simply referring to the fact that it cannot be seen – perhaps it is transparent.
It is interesting to note that the various biblical creationist cosmogonies do not require dark matter. That’s probably because it does not exist.
Prayer: Thank You, Father, that the heavens declare Your Glory. The more we understand about the heavens, the greater we understand that You are. Amen.
Ref: Williams, A. and Hartnett, J. (2005), Dismantling the Big Bang (Green Forest, AR: Master Books), p. 136. Image: Adobe Stock Images, licensed to author.
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