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First Kuiper Belt Family Found

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Analysis by a team of Caltech scientists promises to increase understanding of the outer solar system and will likely illuminate more fine-tuning. The group from Caltech identified the first Kuiper Belt family (located beyond the orbit of Neptune). Scientists believe these ”families” of objects form as a collision breaks a more massive body into a number of smaller fragments similar to the way a giant impact formed the Earth-Moon system. Detailed studies of the newly discovered family provide much-needed observational constraints on the formative stages of the Kuiper Belt and additional data to test scientists’ understanding of how collisions affect planetary-sized bodies. RTB’s creation model predicts that insights derived from these future studies will continue to support the idea of a supernatural Creator fashioning a solar system capable of sustaining a life-support planet like Earth.

o       Alessandro Morbidelli, “Portrait of a Suburban Family,” Nature 446 (2007): 273-74.

o       http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v446/n7133/edsumm/e070315-09.html

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o       Hugh Ross, Fine-Tuning for Life On Earth” (Updated June 2004)

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Subjects: Solar System Design

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