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Non Young Universe Astronomy Overall

We cannot even show convincingly how galaxies, stars, planets, and life arose in the present universe. [1]

Solar System

All the hypotheses [regarding solar system formation] so far presented have failed or remain unproven when physical theory is properly applied.[2]
I think all suggested accounts of the origin of the Solar System are subject to serious objections. The conclusion in the present state of the subject would be that the system cannot exist.[3]

Galaxy Formation

The problem of explaining the existence of galaxies has proved to be one of the thorniest in cosmology. By all rights, they just shouldn’t be there, yet there they sit. It’s hard to convey the depth of frustration that this simple fact induces among scientists.[4]


The leading theory for giant planet formation has encountered a mortal blow, and the reaction is to put the theory on life support by invoking a physical phenomenon, core erosion, that had never before been raised.[5]
... most every prediction by theorists about planetary formation has been wrong.[6]
It turns out to be surprisingly difficult for planetesimals to accrete mass during even the most gentle collisions. [7]
No one knows quite how planetesimals ever attain protoplanet status.[8]
Building Jupiter has long been a problem to theorists.[9]


We don’t understand how a single star forms, yet we want to understand how 10 billion stars form.[10]
The truth is that we don't understand star formation at a fundamental level.[11]
The universe we see when we look out to its furthest horizons contains a hundred billion galaxies. Each of these galaxies contains another hundred billion stars... The silent embarrassment of modern astrophysics is that we do not know how even a single one of these stars managed to form.[12]
In fact, given our current understanding of how stars form and the properties of the galactic center, it’s [stellar evolution near the galactic center is] not allowed to happen.[13]
For example, no one can explain how the stars—which are 15 times heftier than our sun—got there [near the center of our galaxy]. According to most astronomical models, they are too big to have formed in the chaos of the galactic center but appear to be too young to have moved there from farther out.[14]
Nobody really understands how star formation proceeds. It’s really remarkable.[15]


  1. Michael Rowan-Robinson, "Review of the Accidental Universe." New Scientist, Vol. 97, 20 January 1983, p. 186. Cited in Walt Brown, In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for the Creation and the Flood, p. 60, May 28, 2008. Accessed June 1, 2008.
  2. Fred Whipple, Orbiting the Sun (1981), p. 284
  3. Sir Harold Jeffreys, the Earth: Its Origin, History, and Physical Constitution (1970), p. 359
  4. James Trefil, The Dark Side of the Universe. A Scientist Explores the Mysteries of the Cosmos, New York Charles Scibner's Sons: 1988, page 55
  5. Alan Boss; Carnegie Institution in Washington D.C., New Scientist, 24 July 2004, p. 9
  6. Scott Tremaine, as quoted by Richard A. Kerr , "Jupiters Like Our Own Await Planet Hunters," Science, Vol. 295, 25 January 2002, p. 605. Cited in Walt Brown, op. cit., p. 43
  7. Erik Asphaug, "The Small Planets." Scientific American, Vol. 282, May 2000, p. 54
  8. D. Kaisler, "The puzzles of planethood", Sky & Telescope 104(2):32-38, 2002
  9. George W. Wetherill, "How Special Is Jupiter?" Nature, Vol. 373, 9 February 1995, p. 470
  10. Carlos Frenk, as quoted by Robert Irion, "Surveys Scour the Cosmic Deep," Science, Vol. 303, 19 March 2004, p. 1750
  11. Abraham Loeb of Harvard’s Center for Astrophysics quoted by Marcus Chown, "Let there be light", New Scientist 157(2120):26-30, 7 February 1998. Cited by Werner Gitt, "What about the big bang?" Creation 20(3):42-44, June 1998. Accessed June 1, 2008.
  12. Martin Harwit, Book Reviews, Science, Vol. 231, 7 March 1986, pp. 1201–1202
  13. Andrea M. Gaze, as quoted by Ron Cowen, "Mystery in the Middle," Science News, Vol. 163, 21 June 2003, p. 394
  14. Robert Irion, "The Milky Way’s Dark, Starving Pit," Science, Vol. 300, 30 May 2003, p. 1356
  15. Rogier A. Windhorst, as quoted by Corey S. Powell, "A Matter of Timing." Scientific American, Vol. 267, October 1992, p. 30

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