The Big Bang and Spiral Galaxies

25 Jul
Spiral galaxy, NGC 1232, obtained on September 21, 1998. (Image from Google Images)

Spiral galaxy, NGC 1232, obtained on September 21, 1998.
(Image from Google Images)

According to the Big Bang Theory the universe was much smaller some 10 billion years ago. Scientists have known for decades that the universe is expanding and the galaxies are moving away from us. It has been observed by the Hubble Telescope that the further away galaxies are from our Milky Way that the speed at which those galaxies travel away from us increases. Moreover, it seems that all the observable galaxies, no matter how distant, are spiral galaxies, just like our own Milky Way, but this shouldn’t be so, if the universe is billions of years old.[1]

Here’s the problem. Spiral galaxies like our Milky Way revolve like a toy top on a table. The stars near the center of the galaxy revolve around the galactic center at a faster rate than stars more distant from the center. For example, if our sun is approximately 30,000 light years from the galactic center of the Milky Way and the galaxy is about 100,000 light years in diameter, then our sun should have orbited the galactic center over 20 times if it (our sun) is 5 billion years old.[2] What this means is that in a universe billions of years old, galaxies like our Milky Way shouldn’t have spiral arms.

Just as in our own solar system where the planets nearer the sun travel faster around the sun than the more distant planets do, so the stars nearer the galactic center orbit that center much faster than the stars that are more distant and are in its spiral arms. The effect in time would be like observing a spiral colored top on a table. If you spin the top the spiral disappears and the colors resemble a shooting target or the rings around a dart board. Eventually the spiral arms of the galaxies would disappear as they wrap themselves around the galactic center. They simply would no longer be noticeable to an observer looking through a telescope.

The problem is that no matter how far out into space we look with the Hubble telescope, we find spiral galaxies. If every galaxy in the universe were as old as naturalists claim the earth is (4.5 billion years old), then the spirals should have disappeared a long time ago. Yet, we see them no matter where we look in the night sky. How would this be possible, if the Big Bang Theory is correct?[3]

The bottom line is: God exists, and he is responsible for all we see. We may try to hide from him, and tell ourselves that he isn’t there, but just saying so doesn’t make it true. Every time we come to the understanding that we’ve been incorrect in our theories, we simply add to the equation in order to allow our theory that there is no God to be mathematically correct again. When will we realize that we’ve been simply wrong all along? The universe is only thousands of years old. That doesn’t work for a universe to come into existence without God, so we began postulating millions of years, then hundreds of millions, and now billions, and it keeps getting older to suit our bankrupt theories. Will we ever learn that truth isn’t something that is in reach without God in the picture? God is Light and in him is no darkness. To approach him is to come out of darkness and into his Light/Presence.

[1] Actually, there are other types of galaxies than spiral, but they seem to predominate. Other galaxy types are ‘elliptical’ – ‘S0’ or ‘Lenticular galaxies’, and ‘Irregular’ galaxies.

[2] See “Period of the Sun’s Orbit around the Galaxy (Cosmic Year)” found HERE.

[3] The naturalists do have a reply (naturally), and I’ll speak of it in my next blog post.

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