The Star of Bethlehem

Supernova remnant N 63AIn 1955 Arthur C. Clarke published a short story titled The Star, about (spoilers!) a Jesuit astrophysicist investigating the remnant of a supernova referred to as the “Phoenix Nebula” that destroyed a civilisation when it exploded. This is revealed to have been the source of the star over Bethlehem, concluding:

[O]h God, there were so many stars you could have used. What was the need to give these people to the fire, that the symbol of their passing might shine above Bethlehem?

Did I mention spoilers?

Anyway, Your Origins Matter has today posted an article called The Most Famous Star, about possible explanations for the event – supernova or supernatural. Continue reading

Blue Supergiants

Alnilam (Epsilon Orionis), lighting up NGC 1990As I said yesterday, in Blue Stars Confirm Recent Creation Jason Lisle outright denies the possibility of stellar formation. But he takes his time getting there.

Orion is one of the most well-known and easily recognized constellations of the winter sky. The three bright blue stars in Orion’s belt seem to draw our attention instantly. Such stars are a strong confirmation of the biblical timescale.

As is so often the case, Lisle’s idea of “confirmation of the biblical timescale” – strong confirmation – is just something that (he claims) the, ah, more commonly accepted timescales cannot explain. That’s all he has, really. All any creationist has. Continue reading

I Said I Wouldn’t Do This, But…

Ok, so the ICR did put out a DpSU for today in the end. While I did say only a few hours ago that I’d leave it until Thursday due to exams, there’s nothing like beating Dr Robbins to a funny Brian Thomas post…

What’s this one called? Rare Supernova Recalls Missing Remnants Mystery. This is a classic ‘Type Io’ DpSU – in this case, supernovae are (well, were) in the news so that’s used as an excuse to talk about an old creationist ‘problem’ that relates to them. The actual news story has got nothing to do with the ‘mystery’ so I’ll ignore it today.

Brian Thomas took the first picture on the Wikipedia Supernova page, so I'll take the second. Continue reading