Reasons to Believe

Extragalactic Intruders

TNRTB Archive - Retained for reference information

Astronomers have discovered a new design feature for advanced life on Earth. They found evidence that a number of the bright stars in the solar neighborhood are of extragalactic origin. That is, some of the brightest stars in the night sky may be the remnants of a satellite galaxy or star cluster that was disrupted by the Milky Way Galaxy’s gravity. Previously, astronomers thought such disruptions did not affect the environment of the solar system. The fact that they do introduces a new risk factor for life on Earth. Bright stars with aberrant galactic orbits could either gravitationally disturb the solar system or shower it with deadly radiation. The fact that these stars exhibit neither harmful characteristic suggests divine design.


Julio F. Navarro, Amina Helmi, and Kenneth C. Freeman, “The Ectragalactic Origin of the Arcturus Group,” Astrophysical Journal Letters, 601 (2004), pp. L43-L46.


RTB articles: Hugh Ross, “Anthropic Principle: A Precise Plan for Humanity,” Facts for Faith, quarter 1, 2002, issue 8, pp. 24-31.

RTB video: Journey Toward Creation, 2nd edition

RTB book: The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd edition

Subjects: Earth/Moon Design, 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.