Meteors, Asteroids, and Comets
In the burgeoning first day of the universe, the space between forming planets, stars, solar systems, and galaxies were filled with matter (meteors, asteroids, and comets) in the form of water and soil. After the rapid expansion of the universe, galaxies, and solar systems on the second day of creation, then the space between the galaxies and solar systems were filled with asteroids, meteors, and comets, much more than we observe today. Most of those floating objects were drawn into the nearest planet’s, moon’s or star’s gravitational force and impacted those planets, moons, and stars. On planets that are active, such as Earth, the impact craters have been covered up from erosion, tectonic plate shifts, forest, oceans, and so forth. But those planets and moons that are not active, such as our moon, show a vast array of impact craters, indicating that there was heavy activity in past millennia of impacting meteors and asteroids. Most of the asteroids and meteors that were circling the sun between the planets have been drawn in by those planet’s gravity and have been absorbed by now. But there are still two belts of asteroids and meteor clusters within our solar system, called the Kuiper Belt and Main Asteroid Belt.
The Kuiper Belt is located between Neptune and Pluto and consists of millions of asteroids that encircles our solar system and may be the last remnants of how our solar system existed with free floating molten masses before they coalesced into planets. And the remaining cooled asteroids are what is left over of what floated all throughout our solar system, not just encircling outside of it. One would imagine that there were many more asteroids floating around just like the Kuiper Belt at the beginning of the solar system. After the asteroids had impacted planets over millennia, almost all had been absorbed into the planets that they impacted, except those remnants encircling our solar system in the Kuiper Belt. Image credit: NASA and – I believe – G. Bacon (STScI).
The Main Asteroid Belt lies between Mars and Jupiter and is a cluster of asteroids and meteors. This belt could represent what our solar system looked like before God finished forming all the planets of our solar system and the sun, moon, and stars on the fourth day of creation. Some cosmologists have suggested that there should have been a planet between Mars and Jupiter, and that planet would have absorbed all the asteroids and meteors that currently exist in this Main Asteroid Belt, which is plausible. Who knows, maybe the iron core that exists in the center of our earth exists in the center of each planet, and these iron cores were the basis for the early molten masses floating and coalescing and being drawn toward each planet’s center. A plausible reason that there is no planet between Mars and Jupiter and only the remnants of molten mass remains as cooled asteroids and meteors is that the iron core that was supposed to form the planet between Mars and Jupiter got caught in the gravitational pull of Jupiter and was absorbed into Jupiter’s mass. Could this be the cause of the permanent scar (in the form of a red dot) that anyone can see when they look at Jupiter? Iron oxidizes when it comes into contact with gases and turns red. However, cosmologists agree that Jupiter is a gas giant, so it likely does not have an iron core, and they say the planet has no detectable surface. But it is plausible that the red dot on Jupiter is where the rusted iron core of the missing planet entered Jupiter. Scientists suggest that the red dot is a giant storm caused by high winds that draw reddish material from deeper within Jupiter, which tenuously corroborates my hypothesis. We don’t officially know what is deep within Jupiter. Image credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.
Review: There were more asteroids, comets, and meteors in past millennia than today. There are two asteroid belts, the Main Asteroid Belts between Mars and Jupiter and one farther away called the Kuiper Belt, which is beyond Neptune.
Why have a chapter about asteroids, meteors, and comets? Because they played a significant part in the formation of the celestial bodies of our solar system, may have initiated the global flood of Gen. 7, and will be used by God to fulfill the end time prophecies. Both creationists and evolutionary cosmologists, accept that in the beginning hot molten matter coalesced into the nearest celestial body, to form either planets, stars, or moons, and that the two asteroid belts are the remnants of that period. They just differ on when this process occurred, and how long this process took.
And both creationists and evolutionary cosmologists, accept that after life began on Earth, there was another period of asteroid, meteors, and comets bombarding the earth. The difference is that the evolutionists’ view suggests a major event occurred 65 million years ago, and in the creationist view, the event occurred at the initiation of the Gen. 7 catastrophic flood. When I read an evolutionist explain how some massive asteroids hit the earth 65 million years ago that caused a mass extinction, I say, well the same scenario played out at the beginning of the global flood. Evolutionists contend that the impact would have sent debris 400 miles wide and a shock wave 1,000 miles wide. A creationist agrees with the synopsis. Evolutionists further say that the terrain burned and left a layer of carbon-based ash and soot. Agreed. The heat from the blast would have increased global temperatures to more than 100ºF plus and would have killed off what the blast zone didn’t. Also, there would have been acid rain in the blast zone. All these suppositions are in agreement with the creationist view of what was going on in the initial stages of the global flood of Gen. 7. Evolutionists further say that this asteroid impact event plunged the globe into an ice age. That’s agreed to as well. If there is so much agreement here, then why do we differ on when it occurred? That is based on the layers of the crust of the earth. For that discussion, see the chapter regarding the layers of the crust.
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