This is about Jason Lisle, Ph.D., the creationist astrophysicist who functions as a retained servitor, credentialed and compliant, employed by the ever-growing creationist conglomerate of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo). Hambo is the genius who brought you the website Answers in Genesis (AIG) and the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
As our regular readers know, Jason is the author of an astonishing “solution” to a long-standing creationist problem, about which we posted Jason Lisle’s “Instant Starlight” Paper.
It fascinates us that Jason lends his astrophysics degree to the creationist cause. Today we see that he’s written Exoplanets — Unpredictable Patterns, which appears at the AIG website. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
Before the year 1992, the only known planets were those in our own solar system. Astronomers had long suspected that other stars might have orbiting planets, but it is nearly impossible to see something as faint as a planet even with our most powerful telescopes.
Astronomers have now devised some ingenious indirect methods to detect distant planets, known as “extrasolar planets,” or “exoplanets.” These techniques make use of the fact that every planet gravitationally “tugs” on the star it orbits, causing the star to wobble slightly.
Using this technique (and a few other methods, as well) astronomers have now discovered over 500 extrasolar planets (and counting)! The progress in this field of astronomy is just astonishing, considering we did not know of even one confirmed exoplanet twenty years ago.
We already know that. You’re growing impatient and asking: “Where’s the weirdness that we’ve come to expect?” Don’t worry, dear reader, it’s coming. Let’s read on:
Consider the first confirmed exoplanet to orbit a “normal” star, discovered in 1995. … The star is called “51 Pegasi,” and so the planet is named “51 Pegasi b.” The planet is at least half the mass of Jupiter, yet it orbits 19 times closer to its star than the earth’s distance from the sun. … So astronomers refer to this massive infernal type of exoplanet as a “hot Jupiter.” The existence of a large gas planet so close to its star was quite a shock to secular astronomers.
“Secular” astronomers? Secular? Well, yes — the expression makes sense when used in contrast to creationist astronomers like Jason. We continue:
Since 51 Pegasi b went against secular predictions, it was considered an anomaly at first. However, many other “hot Jupiters” have since been discovered. … [T]he fact that hot Jupiters exist at all is a challenge to the secular models. However, it is perfectly consistent with the creative diversity we expect from the Lord.
Aha! You knew we wouldn’t let you down. Here’s more:
Another aspect of exoplanets that challenges secular scenarios is the eccentricity of their orbits. … Secular astronomers were expecting other stellar systems to have nearly circular orbits like ours, since they believe stellar systems have formed from rotating gas clouds. Yet many exoplanets have orbits that are quite elliptical.
Those secular astronomers didn’t know in advance what they would find. They gotta be a bunch of idiots! Creationists like Jason were expecting hot Jupiters and elliptical orbits. They must have predicted such findings. Their papers with those predictions are probably in the journals. Here’s more:
Although extrasolar planets challenge the secular understanding of the universe, they are consistent with the creative diversity of the Lord.
Research on planets beyond our solar system is still in its infancy. It is exciting to consider the discoveries that await us over the next decades, and how these will continue to reflect the glory of God.
Your Curmudgeon usually wraps up a post by trying to say something witty, but this time it just isn’t there. This whole Jason Lisle thing is very depressing.
[See also: ICR: Extra-Solar Planets Prove Creationism.]
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