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Studies of the light from the first generation of stars indicate design in the formation of the universe. Virtually all the elements heavier than helium are formed in stars. The first stars were likely very massive, thus burning very quickly before exploding and enriching the material out of which future stars would form. If too little material were processed through these first stars, the evolution of heavier elements would not have proceeded quickly enough to form life-supporting planetary systems (and the elements on which life is based) before the universe had aged too much. One NASA scientist showed that the cosmic infrared background detected by the Spitzer Space Telescope can be reproduced if only 2-6 percent of all baryons were processed through these first-generation stars, which is a very reasonable value. As scientists gain a more detailed understanding of the first-generation star properties, the constraints on star formation and development will likely show the work of a supernatural Designer.
- A. Kashlinsky, “Cosmic Infrared Background from Population III Stars and Its Effect on Spectra of High-z Gamma-Ray Bursts,” Astrophysical Journal 633 (2005): L5-L8.
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