December 30, 2011 by Chris French
Have you ever wondered how scientists say the moon got there? Me neither, but on Science Friday today on NPR I heard a riveting argument that I wanted to share with you. First off I love Science Fridays. I’m kind of a science guy myself so all that stuff fascinates me. I disagree wholeheartedly with their theology, but most of the topics they discuss are fascinating. How the moon got up there is no different. I have always assumed scientists thought the moon was product of the Big Bang, but that’s not true. To be fair there are a multiplicity of views concerning how the moon got to be where it is, but the scientist Ira Flatow, NPR Host, was interviewing said the following was the only one that didn’t have “fatal errors”. Cool! Talk about any body in space should always contain that phrase. It makes it sound so intriguing! Anyhow, the theory this scientist buys into is that back in the day, after the Big Bang, a huge something hit the earth. Whatever that thing was hit earth so hard that it broke off a piece of the earth, at least two pieces in her opinion. One of those pieces is the moon we all know and love. The other bit was much smaller and didn’t get as far out apparently. After a short while this smaller broken bit collides into the moon, but instead of making a crater it only adds mass to the moon. Apparently it wasn’t big enough to do damage, only add mass?
What makes scientists think that this is a possibility? There’s a large mountain on the far side of the moon. The problem is there’s no similar mountain on our side of the moon. The above theory is their attempt to explain this anomaly. Fascinating right? This idea makes it even more awesome for those of us who believe God created everything we see and put it the way we know it now. How is that you ask? Well, give you an illustration. If I told you I can juggle you might believe me. I kinda look like a juggler, maybe. If I told you I could juggle 5 balls at once, you’re probably starting to doubt me. If I told you I could juggle 10 bowling balls at once there’s no way you’re going to believe me. Scientists have this “golden egg” in the Big Bang. It’s this one time event that only happened after millions and billions of years. Fine, but when you start stacking up all these precise accidents it starts sounding like someone saying they can juggling bowling balls.
The moon is exactly where it needs to be. We are 240,000 miles from the Moon, but if we were 192,000 miles from the moon the ocean’s waves would reach 35-50 foot swells two times every day. Basically we would all drown if we were only 48,000 miles closer to the Moon. If we were much farther away the moon wouldn’t control the ocean’s tides like it does now and the oceans would stagnate, animals would die, the food chain would be disrupted and oops there goes the human race. Check here to read the article I got these numbers from. Richard Dawkins said, “The more statistically improbable a thing is, the less we can believe that it just happened by blind chance.” For once I agree with this atheistic professor. You might get some people to buy into the chance that if they waited long enough something would come from nothing, their exact argument for the Big Bang, but once you get them to buy that then you’ve got to convince them that another statistical improbability occurred when that whatever it was hit the earth, knocked a chunk off of it and placed that chunk it the exact spot in the universe (theorized to be at 20 billion light years across. It’s a theory because they universe is so big no one has been able to figure out how big it is) where life could be sustainable. Scientists better start their bowling bowl juggling classes!