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Fine-Tuned Solar System Design

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As the search for life-supportable planetary systems continues, researchers discover new design features that point to an intelligent Designer. A UCLA astronomer found a Saturn-like ring near the surface of a white dwarf star and demonstrated that the ring most likely formed when the star was losing mass at a high rate. The stellar mass loss would have disrupted a previously stable configuration of planets orbiting the star, causing several asteroids or a tiny planet to move in close enough to the star to be torn apart by the star’s tidal forces. This destabilization would be deadly for life; thus, a star’s rate of mass loss must be fine-tuned for life survival to be possible—evidence of a divine Designer revealing His work.

M. Jura, “A Tidally Disrupted Asteroid Around the White Dwarf G29-38,” Astrophysical Journal Letters, 584 (2003), pp. L91-L94.


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: Solar System Design

Dr. Hugh Ross

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