From time to time, astronomers publish photos of Stellar nurseries, nebulae where new stars appear to be forming. One of the most spectacular images is the well-known Pillars of Creation — that’s a link to NASA’s Picture of the Day, and it’s certainly worth a look.
As you might imagine, images like that are offensive to Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: “Newborn Stars” Form in the Pillars of Creation? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
“Pillars of Creation” is the name given to an iconic photograph of a vast region within the Eagle Nebula, a cloud of dust and gas seven thousand light years from earth. Secular astronomers [the fools!] consider these nebulas to be the birthplace of stars. A recent article [link omitted], reflecting on an updated infrared version of the Pillars of Creation photo, claims the tops of these pillars will disappear as baby stars grow.
“The birthplace of stars”? Hambo doesn’t like that. He says:
According to God’s Word, stars didn’t form slowly and gradually from “protostars” in nurseries. They were formed at God’s command when “he made the stars also” (Genesis 1:16). And he names them all: [All zillion trillion of them!] God determines the number of the stars and he gives to all of them their names (Psalm 174:4).
That’s how it’s done! After that revelation, Hambo tells us:
So what do we make of this claim that we can see “baby stars” in the Pillars of Creation? AiG astronomer Dr. Danny Faulkner, who taught astronomy for over 26 years at University of South Carolina–Lancaster, shares this:
[Hambo quotes his creationist astronomer:] When the Pillars of Creation photo was released 25 years ago, it dazzled the world. The photograph still is considered one of the most beautiful photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). Its release was accompanied by explanation of how this photograph revealed much about the process of star formation. … An astronomer commented that we really ought to call this the “Pillars of Destruction,” because the processes of star formation eventually will disrupt the surrounding gas that produced the beautiful image.
But what have these photographs really revealed? Far less than claimed. These photos are static. That is, they don’t show any change over time. Rather, the images have been interpreted in terms of the current model about how stars form from gas clouds. That model has changed much over the past half century, and I’m sure it will continue to change. There are many examples of how astronomers in the past interpreted images in terms of what they believed at the time. Many of those interpretations are laughable today. Will the interpretation of these photos be any different?
Hambo and his creation scientists think those images of stellar nurseries are laughable. And so should you! He continues:
On Answers News (our weekly news commentary program) we often remark on how many articles we discuss completely change everything we knew about a secular model of origins. Will current star formation models follow the same pattern? Absolutely. [Huh?]
In his final paragraph, Hambo explains why all that secular astronomy stuff about the origin of stars is nonsense:
How can I say that with such certainty? Because God’s Word is true [Yes!] and has been confirmed over and over again by observational science. [Ooooooooooooh!] As astronomers continue to study the heavens, they will be forced to change their ideas because they start with the wrong foundation: man’s word. Only God’s Word is unchanging.
That was absolutely thrilling — don’t you agree, dear reader?
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