Evolutionary theory believes the moon to be billions of years old. Once covered with a molten surface, the moon has cooled over the billions of years until it rises in our night skies as a cold lifeless orb.
Typical of some evolutionists (but not all) that are so married to their belief in evolution, they have ignored evidence for a young and active moon. Ever since the invention of the telescope in the early 1600’s, astronomers have been observing activity on the surface of the moon that indicates that it is still an active celestial body.
Known as Transient Lunar Phenomena or TLP, they consist of observations including bright spots, colored glows, lights streaks and mists that are relatively small in area and last less than a day. Many TLPs are so brief in duration that they have ended before the observer has a chance of notifying colleagues in other locations to allow them to verify the observation.
In the 1780’s, William Herschel, an astronomer, reported: I perceived in the dark part of the Moon a luminous spot. It had the appearance of a red star. Several years later Herschel wrote: I perceive three volcanoes…The third shows signs of an actual eruption of fire, or luminous matter.
In 1971, astronauts aboard the Apollo 15 spacecraft detected a significant amount of radon-222 in the area of the Aristarchus Crater. Since the half-life of this radioactive gas is less than 4 days, the only possible source for the high concentration detected was from a very recent discharge of the gas from inside the moon.
Additionally, various Apollo missions measured higher lunar heat flows than were expected. Had the moon been as old and cold as evolutionists believed it to be, the lunar heat flow measurements would have been significantly lower than those recorded by the Apollo missions.
In 1992, a luminous looking gas cloud coming from the central peak of the Langrenus crater was observed by French astronomer Audouin Dollfus.
NASA did a study of TLPs back in 1968 and reported 579 known TLPs over the past four centuries. Many of the TLPs are associated with specific locations including the Aristarchus and Alphonsus craters.
In 2010, NASA provided further evidence of a much younger age for the moon than what fits into evolutionary thinking. High resolution images of the moon’s surface taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) revealed numerous small scarps covering the entire lunar surface. The scarps range from only a few meters high and few hundred meters long up to 100 meters high and several kilometers long and they all have a distinctive lobe shape to them.
Led by planetary geologist Dr. Thomas Watters of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., the team of researchers concluded that the small scarps are the result of contraction of the surface of the moon. As the lunar surface contracts as a result of cooling, it creates numerous thrust faults that push up the scarps.
How old are these scarps? According to the NASA report:
The team believes they [the scarps] are among the freshest features on the moon, in part because they cut across small craters. Since the moon is constantly bombarded by meteors, features like small craters (those less than about 1,200 feet [350 m] across) are likely to be young because they are quickly destroyed by other impacts and don’t last long. So, if a small crater has been disrupted by a scarp, the scarp formed after the crater and is even younger. Even more compelling evidence is that large craters, which are likely to be old, don’t appear on top any of the scarps, and the scarps look crisp and relatively undegraded.
With the obvious recent appearance of the scarps, the team still adhered to their evolutionary faith and estimated the scarps have formed within the last 1 billion years and could even be less than 100 millions years of age. Even these time frames prove to be problematic to the evolutionist’s 4 billion years of lunar existence.
Among the evolutionary lunar assumptions is that the moon’s core would have cooled hundreds of millions years ago, resulting in a solid core. However, another report suggests that the moon’s core is very much like that of earth with a solid center surrounded by a molten shell.
A team of scientists from the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University had been analyzing lunar seismic readings. According to the team:
The Moon possesses an iron-rich core with a solid inner ball nearly 150 miles in radius, and a 55-mile thick outer fluid shell.
Possessing a 55 mile think fluid layer surrounding the earth’s core is an indication that the moon has not cooled off nearly as much as evolutionists originally believed.
If nothing else, the abundance of TLPs from the past 400 years should be sufficient evidence to show that the moon is still active and cannot be nearly as old as the evolutionary world needs it to be. Coupled with the numerous recent scarps and the fluid layer in the core, the moon is anything but a cold lifeless inactive orb. The moon is an active and dynamic celestial body that best fits with the biblical account of being created on Day 4 of Creation, a mere 6000 years ago.
Deep Interior of Moon Resembles Earth’s Core, ScienceDaily.com, Feb. 13, 2011.
Don DeYoung, Transient lunar phenomena: a permanent problem for evolutionary models of Moon formation, Technical Journal Vo. 17(1), 2003, pp. 5-6.
Tas Walker, NASA pictures support biblical origin for Moon, Creation.com, Sept. 2, 2010.