A Cosmological Conundrum

on July 1, 2018

Evolutionary cosmologists are scratching their heads following the discovery of massive stars near the center of our galaxy. They have found many bright, massive, young stars orbiting where they supposedly shouldn’t be—very close to the supermassive black hole at the galactic center.

Most evolutionary astronomers think stars form naturally from clouds of gas and dust that collapse under their own weak gravity. But even if this highly improbable process could happen, a black hole’s powerful tidal forces would disperse nearby dust clouds long before they could condense into stars.

Black Hole

Massive young stars near our galaxy’s central black hole could never have formed in an old universe.

No big deal, evolutionists say. These newly discovered young stars probably formed elsewhere and were drawn toward the black hole. Well, there’s still a problem.

Massive stars consume their hydrogen fuel at prodigious rates. They go through it so fast that, paradoxically, they have shorter lifetimes than smaller stars. At the rate they use their fuel, the most massive stars, such as the ones near the galaxy’s center, could exist for only a few million years. That means that in the evolutionary timeline, these massive stars have not had enough time to form and then move to their current location near the black hole.

Of course, if God created the universe only a few thousand years ago, it isn’t hard to explain where the stars came from or why they’re still around.

This article was taken from Answers magazine, January–February, 2018, pg 32.