On June 10, ICR News featured a report on the latest “sky map,” an immense 3-D look at distant galaxies that clearly shows that matter is concentrated in massive clumps separated by giant voids.1 Just days later, a new paper presented similar findings. These cosmological clumps pose an enormous conundrum to naturalistic theories of origins.

According to standard cosmologies, an explosive beginning such as the Big Bang should have distributed matter more smoothly across the universe. Shaun Thomas, lead author of the research appearing in the journal Physical Review Letters, told Wired Science, “This potentially could be one of the first signs that something peculiar is going on.”2 Potentially? Such signs have been abundant.3, 4, 5

Thomas and his colleagues used data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, which represents an unprecedented “zoom out” view of the universe, to analyze the 3-D distribution of hundreds of thousands of galaxies. Seen from such a great distance, and assuming a naturalistic origin, matter should appear to be twice as smooth (i.e., evenly distributed) as it actually is. However, the matter is “clumpier than astronomers expected.”2

This new observation adds to others that together demonstrate how poorly the matter distribution in the universe fits nature-only models, and therefore how much better it fits the creation model. Much like the arrangement of molecules in a living cell, the arrangement of galaxies in the universe is best explained by purposeful placement….

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