TNRTB Archive – Retained for reference information
Observations of dim stars in globular clusters confirm a key prediction of RTB’s cosmic creation model pertaining to stellar formation. According to stellar models, only stars above a certain mass (around 8% the mass of the sun) will ignite nuclear fusion in their cores and merrily burn for billions of years. Below that mass, the “star” becomes a brown dwarf—a failed star that fades quickly by comparison. Hubble Space Telescope observations of a nearby dense cluster of stars allowed astronomers to detect the faintest stars in the cluster and calculate their masses. The mass of the smallest stars matched the value predicted by stellar formation models. These results also strengthen RTB’s cosmic creation model, which incorporates stellar formation models.
- Harvey B. Richer et al., “Probing the Faintest Stars in a Globular Star Cluster,” Science 313 (2006): 936-40.
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