Methane is an Odourless Gas

Cassini's view of Titan on November 29 (click to enlarge)It’s that time of year again: time for Brian Thomas to recycle the news stories of the year in a rapid-fire format. First up are the astronomy topics.

If the moon was formed over four billion years ago by some colossal impact as secularists assert, then it should be dry as a bone. The violent impact would have melted all the minerals and thus would have ejected any water from its magma. But this year researchers reported discovering water within the minerals of some moon rocks. Not only does this refute the molten moon narrative, but it supports Scripture’s recent and watery lunar origins.

The Moon is mildly damp: see this post for more details. To quote the apostle Peter:

For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were transformed from water, but a little bit was left behind because He wasn’t paying much attention. And when He saw this He left it there, because it would screw with people when they saw it.

Next we have lunar magnetism:

The moon’s magnetic features also support a recent origin by design. First, the moon still has a weak magnetic field today, even though a theoretical field that fits the moon’s size can only last about 10,000 years. Also, moon rocks show that the moon had an even stronger magnetic field back when they formed. These features support the idea that God made the moon recently and that its magnetic field has been steadily decaying since creation.

Actually, the moon has no global magnetic field at all these days – Thomas has rather garbled his summary. As the emperor Marcus Aurelius once said:Marcus Aurelius

He who has seen present things has seen all, both everything which has taken place from all eternity and everything which will be for time without end; for all things decay predictably and exponentially (except isotopes).

Third to bat is comet ISON:

Ison was called the comet of the century, and many hoped it would put on a spectacular show with a December 2013 flyby. However, “most agree that ISON was destroyed” when it got too close to the sun’s heat, according to December NASA news. Professional and lay astronomers alike searched for fragments the dead comet may have left behind. Comet Ison’s short life should remind its many fans that it should never have existed if it formed billions of years ago, as an ICR article from earlier this year explained.

We can’t win: originally Thomas had said that ISON’s spectacular appearance would make people think about how it means the universe is young. For the philosopher Confucius wrote:Confucius

Heaven, in the production of things, is sure to be bountiful to them, according to their qualities. Hence the comet that is flourishing must be replaced often, as the bulbs don’t last like they used to.

Fourth is a grab-bag of Saturn stuff:

A 2013 article in the journal Nature described some of Saturn’s mysteries, and ICR’s Jake Hebert explained how biblical creation solves each of them. For example, perhaps the planet’s rings look shiny and new because they are new. If Saturn’s moon Enceladus were older than a mere several thousand years, it could not possess the material and energy to produce its still-active geyser. And sunlight destroys methane at a steady rate on Saturn’s moon Titan, which still has plenty of the foul-smelling gas swirling in its atmosphere. This makes sense if it is just thousands of years young.

There are many things we are yet to learn about the universe that we live in, but I thought everyone at least knew that methane is odourless, and that the smell of natural gas is intentionally added using the chemical tert-butyl mercaptan [EDIT: Thomas has updated his article to remove the “foul-smelling” part – see here for a screenshot of the original]. And did not the orator Cicero say:Cicero

As I give thought to the matter, I find four causes for the apparent misery of old age; first, it withdraws us from active accomplishments; second, it renders the body less powerful; third, it deprives us of almost all forms of enjoyment; fourth, it stands not far from losing all of our volatile gasses.

The fifth is in two parts:

Peering into deep space, in 2013 astronomers found a connection between galaxies that are spread farther apart than a key assumption underpinning Big Bang cosmologies allows. The immensity of this structure should remind observers that “as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

In our vast and ancient universe there was once a structure even larger than the Sloan Great Wall. As the poet Horace once penned:Horace

It is your concern when your neighbour’s wall is much too big.

And the second part of the fifth:

After all, God created extremely distant galaxies that look fully “mature,” complete with clumps of fully-formed stars and proportions of elements that should not exist that far away if nature-only origins were real.

This year also brought with it a new most distant galaxy. We shall end then with the immortal words of Immanuel Kant:Immanuel Kant

Enlightenment is man’s leaving his self-caused immaturity. Maturity is something you have when we say you do.

(As you should have noticed, none of those quotes are completely real. Check the links for the originals.)

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