Starlight, Star Bright
by Sean Meek, Director of Project CREATION
Image from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
How do stars, like our Sun, produce so much light and heat? Most people have heard the theory that the Sun is like a perpetual hydrogen bomb, producing energy thru nuclear fusion. This idea has become such an article of faith that most people don't know that this theory has never been proven. One of the problems with this theory is that the evidence is against it.
When nuclear fusion does occur, it produces a particular type of radiation called neutrinos. The problem is that the Sun produces only about one third of the neutrinos it should be producing if all of its energy were being produced by nuclear fusion. So if it's not nuclear fusion, how does the Sun make most of its energy? Before nuclear fusion was discovered, the generally accepted idea was that the Sun produced energy by shrinking. The compression of the hydrogen in the Sun could be what produces most of its energy. Evolutionists hate this idea, because if the Sun is shrinking, it cannot be very old. A preshrunk Sun even a few million years old would have been so large it would have touched the Earth, making life impossible. A shrinking Sun in a 6 to 8 thousand year old Solar System would present no problem at all.
Actual observation of the Sun has shown that it is shrinking, but evolutionists reject the data, making up stories to explain it away. So how does the Sun produce energy? At this point the answer is, like so many questions about nature, we don't know. Some day true science may find the answer. In the mean time evolutionists will continue to invent more stories.
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse."