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Formation Environment for the Solar System

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Geophysicists from the University of California at Los Angeles have uncovered more evidence confirming an important design feature of the solar system. They have found that the oxygen isotope anomaly in meteorites arises from carbon monoxide photodissociation. Such photodissociation implies that the solar system was blasted with intense far ultraviolet radiation at the time the planets were forming. Such far uv light typically truncates the outer part of the planetary disk and, thus, offers a good explanation for why astronomers have yet to discover gas giant planets orbiting their stars more distantly than do the solar system’s gas giants. Photo-erosion from such light would also increase the concentration of heavy elements in the planetary disk, which would help explain Earth’s exceptionally high abundance of heavy elements. However, to get a planetary system with both an extremely heavy-element-rich planet and a suite of distantly orbiting gas giant planets (both are required for life to be possible) demands extraordinary fine tuning in either the formation process of the gas giants, the heavy-element-rich planet, or both. These conclusions imply that the solar system features are so rare as to suggest supernatural design.

·         James Lyons and Edward Young, “The Formation Environment of the Solar Nebula as Inferred from Oxygen Isotopes in Meteorites,” Abstract # 990, Abstracts of the Biennial Meeting of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, April 10-14, 2005, Astrobiology 5 (2005): 186-87.


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

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·         The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross

Subjects: Solar System Design

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