Starlight, Star Bright - Revisited
A couple of years ago I wrote an article (the full text is available on
the web site) on the question of how the Sun produces its energy and
presented the two most likely explanations, nuclear fusion or shrinkage.
Recent articles in both evolutionist and Creationist publications have claimed that the answer is now known, that the answer is nuclear fusion. An article in the Creationist magazine TJ Volume 16(3) 2002, pp. 123-125, "'Missing' neutrinos found! No longer an 'age' indicator" by Robert Newton claims that measurements at the Sudbury Neutrino Observatory have settled the issue.
Without detailing the technical arguments involved with this question, what is important to remember about these claims is that they are just that, claims. The scientists involved in this investigation are interpreting the data they have obtained. Even the Creationist author of the article uses such words and phrases as; appears, are consistent with and compelling support for. As with all true science these results are tentative. So the question comes back to this, how does the Sun produce its energy? The answer is nobody really knows. The new evidence favors nuclear fusion, but later data may very well overturn these interpretations.