Enceladus Dilemma Attempted Fix

Planetary scientists came across something truly amazing back in 2005.  Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons was found to be erupting with plumes of water vapor out of from its south pole! This was quite a shock to those who believe in the solar system being 4.5 billion years old because the phenomena at that age would violating the laws of thermodynamics.

Online publications like space.com stated that this moon because of it’s presumed old age should be not active but rather it should be frozen!

“The tide may be changing for the ocean suspected under the icy shell of Enceladus. Recent research has shown that this small moon of Saturn does not produce enough heat in its present configuration to keep water from freezing down to its core.  “There is no possible combination of parameters that allow for a thermally stable ocean,” said James Roberts of the University of California, Santa Cruz.”

So scientists scrambled to find an energy source that powered geysers. They looked high and low for an energy source but came up could come up with Tidal heating.  However, neighboring moons like Mimas which is bigger than Enceladus and endures more tidal stress than Enceladus is not active. Eventually more study revealed that Tidal heating was not viable.

“Calculations told scientists it would be impossible for Enceladus to have continually produced heat and gas at this rate. Tidal movement – the pull and push from Saturn as Enceladus moves around the planet – cannot explain the release of so much energy.”

So now what? How do they reconcile the physical evidence which shows a much younger age with their theory?  A computer generated simulation which cannot be checked with empirical data. This in turn becomes a playground for storytelling. And sure enough the computer was programmed with the old age framework to come up with a simulation that worked for 4.5 billion years. And they believed they found one as Jet Propulsion Laboratory filled in us in with the details of the model.

“Cassini appears to have caught Enceladus in the middle of a burp,” said Francis Nimmo, a planetary scientist at the University of California Santa Cruz and a co-author of the new paper in Nature Geoscience. “These tumultuous periods are rare and Cassini happens to have been watching the moon during one of these special epochs.”

We are blessed to observed such phenomena which indicates a young solar system. The 4.5 framework doesn’t allow evidence to lead to a conclusion rather they have a conclusion first then attempt to fix the evidence which isn’t matching up with their theory. It’s quite possible to observe more eruptions in the future which will put those who believe in evolution back to the drawing board or should I say more computer simulations. And for those of us who believe in creationism, rejoicing once again!


One thought on “Enceladus Dilemma Attempted Fix

  1. Michael’s source: “How do they reconcile the physical evidence which shows a much younger age with their theory?”

    Talk about mind-boggling![1] Your source really went over the cliff on this one. Let’s see. Your source reported a vapor plume on Enceladus that previous theory can’t explain because of lack of sufficient energy in the moon’s interior to power it.. Then all of a sudden your source explains the plume as due a young age of the solar system. This is a truly astounding leap of non-logic! Tell your source to try something next time that is a few orders of magnitude less laughable. Next he’ll propose that, if the dinosaurs were really around for hundreds of millions of years, their great weight would hacve wrinkled the earth’s crust, causing high mount—ah, wait, let;s try another example.

    But you have been here before, haven’t you? The mysterious Enceladus plume. At that time, I think you related it to a young solar system on the basis that millions of years of spouting would have used up all the moon’s mass and reduced it a mere cosmic speck. Now that hypothesis was at least a little more plausible.[2]

    At your previous encounter with Enceladus, the reasoning was somewhat less risible. But also, at that time, scientists were still scratching their brows for an explanation.

    Now, on this renvoi, the scientists have actually come up with an explanation.[3] So you combine news of a naturalistic explanation with even more outlandish creationist reasoning. Michael, you should tell your source to quit while has was ahead—or while he was losing a lot less than presently.

    Reason #482 why scientists laugh at creationists.


    [1] Previous post, on molecular machines.

    [2] I remember analogizing this with the Old Reliable geyser at Yellowstone, which would have carved a shaft to the earth’s center if it were billions of years old. Actually, it would have dug a ginormous crater even in a few thousand years. So the earth must actually be only hundreds of years old, not thousands as you claim.

    [3] And still we have the nonsense about simulations. See comments under “Storybook Claims And Empirical Justification,” Jan. 24. If your doctor ever recommends that you get an MRI, you should tell him that you don’t believe in them. Pssst: a big secret: an MRI (and a CT-scan too) is nothing but a COMPUTER SIMULATION from a bunch of data. You might also tell him that you know another big secret: they used to be called :NMRI” for Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Imaging. And that you are afraid of nuclear radiation. Mwaahaaahaaahaaaaaaa.

    Another quasi-endearing trait of creationisats—they seem incapable of learning anything. “If it was good enough for Grandpa, then it’s good enough for me.” (Remmebr that one? From the chorus of the song “Grandma’s Lye Soap.”)

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