Where did the Moon come from? Was it created by God, or did it come into existence by natural processes long ago?
Among secular astronomers, the standard model is the ‘giant impact’ theory. Supposedly, a Mars-sized object crashed into the Earth about 4.5 billion years ago.
This alleged collision was catastrophic. A large amount of the Earth was blasted into space as debris.
Supposedly, some of the debris fell back to Earth. The rest of it turned into our Moon.
A key prediction of this model is that the Moon could have no water, not even deep inside. The collision would have been so powerful that practically no water could have remained in the debris – it would all be vaporized. If any water remained, it would be merely trace amounts.
Although the giant impact model has several problems, the lack of water was one prediction that seemed successful. The Apollo astronauts collected several hundred pounds of lunar soils and rocks, and brought them to Earth. The first analyses had seemed to show that the lunar samples were dry.
Turns out they’re not.
Scientists have recently re-examined some of the lunar samples, using better equipment than was available during the Apollo era. They focused especially on soils that contained volcanic lava. (This allows us to measure material from the inside of the Moon instead of just the surface.)
In my Solar System DVD, I explained how the soils were turning out to have about 10 times more water than expected. This was a brand-new discovery at the time. (It was announced right before the DVD was published).
This discovery created a serious problem for the giant impact theory.
Unsurprisingly, many secular astronomers resisted the new find. They tried to explain it away, because it didn’t fit their theory.
A few months ago, a new analysis was published.1,2 This time, researchers examined beads of volcanic glass. Unlike the lava samples (which were likely to have lost some of their original water when they were formed in eruptions), the glass beads would have locked up and preserved their primeval water.
Therefore, this new analysis would be a more accurate measurement of how much water is inside the Moon.
Turns out that the Moon doesn’t have 10 times as much water as the giant impact model could allow.
It actually has 100 times as much.
Evolutionary astronomers are now faced with a serious problem. One of their model’s major predictions has been disproved…
…and this model was the only secular explanation left for the Moon’s origin.
(There used to be other secular models, but the Apollo program’s other discoveries trashed all of them.)
So the non-Creation origins model can’t explain why the Earth has a Moon.
But wait, there’s more. According to some other researchers, the problem is even worse than it seems.
Apparently, even if the secular model could somehow produce a Moon, that wouldn’t be enough – because these researchers believe that…