Creationist Ken Ham denied scientific evidence of a newly-formed baby planet on his “Answers News” Internet show.
The European Southern Observatory (ESO) reported on July 2 that “SPHERE, a planet-hunting instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope, has captured the first confirmed image of a planet caught in the act of forming in the dusty disc surrounding a young star.”
However, Ham insisted that there could not be newly-formed baby planets per the Bible:
At the end of the six-day creation, God said he finished his work creation, finished, past tense. So I don’t believe you can have planets being born… They’re not seeing a planet being born. There’s already something there.
The Friendly Atheist notes how planets are formed:
A new star creates a swirling pattern of gas and dust. When telescopes detect a deviation in those patterns, it’s a sign that a planet is forming. In this particular case, the researchpapers explain in depth how the astronomers knew what they were looking at.
However, Ham continued to insist on his false claim:
At school, for instance, students will be told, “Oh, here’s a planet being born. This is a planet being formed right here.” But wait a minute! They need to stand back and think, “How do they know that?” There’s something there that they see, and they’re assuming, because they believe that the whole universe is evolving, that a planet is being born. And they didn’t see it being born!