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Research into galaxy merger rates provides more evidence of design in the universe. A team of international astronomers measured the history of galaxy mergers for a large sample of galaxies. They found that 20 percent of galaxies have undergone mergers in the last 10 billion years. It is important that galaxies undergo mergers because such consolidations enrich the larger galaxies with material and shock waves that result in star formation. These processes also result in stable spiral structures in galaxies such as the Milky Way Galaxy. However, too many galaxy mergers are detrimental since they will cause gravitational disruptions to any potential solar systems in the interacting galaxies. Further, the rate of galaxy mergers results from conditions determined early in the formation of the universe. The fact that scientists observe adequate mergers to fuel star formation and galaxy evolution, but not so many as to be completely disruptive, reflects the work of a supernatural Creator making a universe where advanced life can exist.
- Roberto De Propris et al., “The Millennium Galaxy Catalogue: Dynamically Close Pairs of Galaxies and the Global Merger Rate,” Astronomical Journal 130 (2005): 1516-23.
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