June 3, 2024 | David F. Coppedge

Early Mature Galaxy Record Surpassed Again

The James Webb Space Telescope
keeps finding large galaxies
earlier than theory permits


When you see a trend in the observations, take notice. We started reporting on “early maturity” in the universe over 20 years ago: stars and galaxies shining like senior citizens before baby ones were supposed to exist. Back in the early 2000s, one press release compared the phenomenon to finding an old man in a crib within a maternity ward.

Our last entry on this trend was on 12 March 2024: galaxies were detected by the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) dating to 500 million years after the big bang. Now, that record has been smashed by 40%, and may go even higher.

James Webb telescope discovers earliest galaxy in the known universe — and its shockingly big (Live Science, 30 May 2024). Reporter Brandon Specktor indicates two surprises with the latest JWST find: galaxies that are too early and too big—”shockingly” big.

According to new research, astronomers using the powerful infrared telescope have revealed what appears to be the two earliest, most distant galaxies in the known universe, dating to just 300 million years after the Big Bang.

Alert readers always notice that the big bang is assumed as a given. It’s too essential as a part of the materialist worldview to question. Creator-denying cosmologists simply squeeze the natural production rate to maintain the belief.

With the larger of the galaxies measuring an estimated 1,600 light-years across, the discovery adds to a mounting pile of evidence that the earliest galaxies in the universe grew up much faster than leading theories of cosmology predict to be possible.

“It is stunning that the Universe can make such a galaxy in only 300 million years,” lead study author Stefano Carniani, an assistant professor at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, said in a statement.

300 million years sounds like plenty of time to assemble a galaxy, but it represents only around 2.5% of the assumed age of the universe. Astronomers started worrying when the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) began imaging light from galaxies estimated to be 800 million years after the big bang.

In the old days before the HST and JWST, astronomers assumed they had billions of years for the first stars to form and assemble into galaxies. Now, Specktor writes, the light-gathering capabilities of JWST are poised to give cosmologists more to worry about: “the space telescope will soon reveal even older objects in the distant universe, perhaps dating as far back as the first 200 million years of cosmic history.”

Just a quick reminder: creation astronomy does not have this problem. In Genesis, early maturity is baked in. God created a mature, functioning universe, with the light from the distant reaches of space visible from Earth on the 4th day of creation. It may sound outlandish to moderns, but hey— isn’t prediction a hallmark of good scientific theories? Isn’t causal adequacy another value in science? What is a layman supposed to think when he sees secular cosmologists who believe in the Stuff Happens Law sweating over mismatches between their theories and the observations? One cannot make adjustments to the speed at which Stuff Happens just to preserve a belief. That starts looking like special pleading— a form of devious intelligent design.

Another reminder: skill at math and physics does not necessarily correlate with wisdom. Cosmological theories are highly sophisticated and dizzying to laypersons. Chalkboards full of equations can look intimidating. But when those skilled eggheads tell you that we are here because stuff happens for no apparent reason, you are not obligated to follow that kind of godless philosophy.*

Recommended Resources:

Creation Astronomy by Spike Psarris, with detailed videos about our created solar system and universe.

Day4.org, with president Parker Eng showing how the heavens declare the glory of God through monthly presentations in the Dallas area.

Texas Star Cave, with Robert S. Brayton in the Dallas area teaching how to learn astrophotography.


*Godless Philosophy (to the tune of God Bless America)

Godless philosophy, pointless for me,
None to cause us, but Cosmos,
All that is, was, and ever shall be.

From the big bang, to the slime soup,
To the heat death, dark and old:
Godless philosophy, it leaves me cold;
Godless philosophy, it leaves me cold.

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