Reasons to Believe

Design in Terrestrial Planet Formation

TNRTB Archive - Retained for reference information

University of Maryland astronomers have found more evidence for the design of the solar system. Their work delineated the most realistic planetesimal (small, developing solar system body) collision model to date. They discovered that the kinds and numbers of terrestrial planets that form around a star strongly depend on the initial conditions of the planetesimal disk (area of planetary formation). Thus the initial conditions of the planetesimal disk must be fine-tuned for life to be possible. This discovery provides further evidence that the terrestrial planet features that would permit life to thrive are so rare as to imply supernatural design.

·         Zoë M. Leinhardt and Derek C. Richardson, “Planetesimal Evolution and Terrestrial Planet Formation,” Abstract # 975, Abstracts of the Biennial Meeting of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, April 10-14, 2005, Astrobiology 5 (2005): 182.


·         Related Resource

·         Hugh Ross, “Anthropic Principle: A Precise Plan for Humanity

·         Product Spotlight

·        Journey Toward Creation, 2nd ed., by Hugh Ross

Subjects: Solar System Design

Dr. Hugh Ross

Reasons to Believe emerged from my passion to research, develop, and proclaim the most powerful new reasons to believe in Christ as Creator, Lord, and Savior and to use those new reasons to reach people for Christ. Read more about Dr. Hugh Ross.