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Creation 41(1):18, January 2019

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Physicists’ dark secret: Fast stars have not had time to fly apart



First there was dark matter, then came dark energy, then dark photons and now there is talk of dark stars, dark planets and even dark intelligent life, in a whole dark galaxy within our Milky Way galaxy.

However, physicists actually know nothing about dark matter and dark energy. These terms and the nebulous concepts they represent were actually invented by astrophysicists because they assumed materialism (matter and energy is all there is). They then dogmatically insisted on rigorously applying this to the origin and structure of the universe.

When such physicists observe the rotation speeds of stars—not only in our own galaxy but also in thousands of other spiral galaxies—they find that the stars in the spiral disks are moving ‘too fast’. They are moving so fast that in their assumed lifetimes, which is the lifetimes of their galaxies, of the order of 10 billion years, the galaxies should have disintegrated because their stars should have flown away from the galaxies, which could not hold onto them.

Because astrophysicists cannot explain these high rotational velocities with standard tried-and-tested Newtonian physics, they have concocted the notion that galaxies really comprise 80% to 90% ‘dark matter’—stuff that is everywhere but we cannot see or detect it by any method.1

One article2 states that the majority of today’s physicists believe this. That may well be the case, but I don’t and I’m sure I qualify as a real physicist.3 In any event, truth is not determined by majority opinion.4

Beginning about 200 years ago, scientists started to abandon the Word of God as authoritative in such matters as the creation of the universe and so today many believe in materialism—that there is no Creator and the universe just created itself from nothing.5 But when that view encounters data that contradicts it, isn’t it time to abandon their ‘dark’ mythology? They could then instead consider the possibility that the universe is not as old as they imagine, that it was created about 6,000 years ago, as the Bible indicates. That being the case, it is no wonder those fast stars have not had time to fly apart.

References and notes

  1. Hartnett, J.G., Why is dark matter everywhere in the cosmos? creation.com/dark-matter-everywhere, March 2015. Return to text.
  2. Bazilchuk, N., Dark matter: how can we know if it exists? ScienceNordic.com, April 2016. Return to text.
  3. CMI editor: Recently retired as an Associate Professor in Physics at the University of Adelaide (and formerly at the University of Western Australia). After retirement Dr Hartnett has been involved in a small startup company to commercialise his research in the development of ultra-stable clocks. See www.cryoclock.com. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and more than 100 conference papers, with international honours and awards. See creation.com/hartnett. Return to text.
  4. Howard, G., Can all those scientists be wrong? Creation 36(1):20–22, January 2014; creation.com/scientists-wrong. Return to text.
  5. Hartnett, J.G., On the origin of universes by means of natural selection—or, blinded by big bang blackness, creation.com/origin-of-universes, October 2014. Return to text.