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The ‘puzzle’ of Saturn’s ‘youthful appearance’


Did you know that Saturn, reputed by evolutionists to be 4.5 billion years old, is "much brighter than expected for a planet of its age" and that this is "a question that has puzzled scientists since the late sixties"?

Hardly surprising if you didn't know of this, because such confessions of evolutionary-age 'puzzles' aren't generally publicized until or unless an evolutionist can come up with a plausible-sounding 'explanation'.

Hence the fanfare heralding a recent paper in Nature Geoscience which has attempted to explain the mystery, yet doggedly keeping to the long-age paradigm. That is, evolutionists are steadfastly avoiding any inference that the reason Saturn looks young, is that it is! (Just as the Bible says.)

Here's the University of Exeter's Professor Gilles Chabrier's summary of the 'explanation':

"Scientists have been wondering for years if Saturn was using an additional source of energy to look so bright but instead our calculations show that Saturn appears young because it can't cool down. Instead of heat being transported throughout the planet by large scale (convective) motions, as previously thought, it must be partly transferred by diffusion across different layers of gas inside Saturn. These separate layers effectively insulate the planet and prevent heat from radiating out efficiently. This keeps Saturn warm and bright."

Really? But why should Saturn be so different from the other gas giants?

Such a foolish bias (Psalm 14:1, 53:1, cf. Psalm 19:1) in the face of Saturn's brightness and many more pointers to its youthfulness seems absurd—but the Bible explains that, too (2 Thessalonians 2:10–11).

  • Saturn's youthful appearance explained,, 30 April 2013.
  • Layered convection as the origin of Saturn's luminosity anomaly, Nature Geoscience 6(5):347, 2013.
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