Walking along the lakeshore at night listening to the sounds of the water gently hitting the shoreline, then looking up to gaze at the moon. It dominates the night-time sky, controlling the tides, admired for its design from God, sparking curiosity on what it holds. As a young man, I dreamed of what it would be like to live on the moon and looking at the earth from there while exploring the utter most parts of it!
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), now past its first year of operation, has revealed some interesting things, our moon is more complex than previously thought. Secular science outlets deem it’s age (4.5 billion years) as a foregone conclusion while creating a story about a late heavy bombardment 3.9 billion years ago from the asteroid belt, formulating the maria (seas) of lava, smaller craters from near-Earth impactors, and ongoing space weathering and regolith formation as the moon cooled down into the body we see today.
New discoveries have challenged the story. This is evident with three papers that were published on September 17 (here, here and here), “For the first time we’re actually detecting how complex the lunar surface is,” one of the authors said, Benjamin Greenhagen of JPL, remarked. “It’s a bit of a paradigm shift.”
A popular science site contained headlines like “NASA’s LRO Exposes Moon’s Complex, Turbulent Youth” while others like National Geographic contained “New Type of Moon Volcano Discovered” and science daily with it’s usual take, “Moon’s Craters Give New Clues to Early Solar System Bombardment.” All the reports agreed that these finding makes their story about the moon’s past more complex.
As the data continues to get better, are planetary scientists headed in the right direction in learning about the moon’s origin? Are they getting any closer to a real explanation about the moon’s origin? Scientists in play now are at the stage of admitting more anomalies in the current paradigm which is considered routine in science. Only when these anomalies accumulate to the point of unwieldiness, or younger scientists enter the field with different ideas, can the paradigm get replaced.
The current paradigm includes a time framework and numerous unproveable assumptions. Entrenched assumptions currently include the Age of the Solar System (4.5 billion years). However, the new data points to a youthful moon rather it’s assumed billions of years range. In that old age framework, the moon was suppose to be frozen, producing no activity or in other words, geologically dead. But Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter showed scientists evidence to the contrary. The moon is still forming new surface features with incredible shrinking activity!
Also, the moon contains young-looking lava flows! Volcanism was assumed to have stopped billions of years ago on the moon. Crater-count dating estimates the lava flows to be only 2.5 million years – far younger than the ancient times when volcanism was supposed to have stopped.
Some critics are quick to point out, this particular estimate is not 6,000 years and their old age framework just needs the data to be tweaked into it because at 2.5 million years with or without the possibility of it being younger, the old age story unravels and becomes useless to go by. Evolution of the moon (and everything else we see today) requires vast amounts of time! The fact of the matter is, the estimate is closer to what the Bible gives than what the story on how long it took to evolve!
Why isn’t the moon dead if it’s billions of years old as predicted by evolutionary theory? How could gas and lava get to the surface if it’s suppose to be frozen out? Why does the surface differ so much from one area to the next? A host of many specialized conditions are then dreamed up to explain the anomalies.
Scientists are often oblivious with their assumptions while spending time on paradigms. Faith without evidence is invoked with the anomalies which are mere puzzles to them that will be solved within a approved consensus. “Our Created Moon” by Whitcomb is an excellent book which explores the moon’s purposeful design.
So when you walk outside at night and look up to the stars and observe the moon, not only think of it’s rarity and beauty but this reality, without God’s design, we couldn’t exist on earth!