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Photoevaporative Wind Loss

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A newly discovered feature of the solar system provides more evidence that our planetary system is fine-tuned to support life. An astronomer found that the photoevaporative wind loss (the “loss” is a reduction in the size of forming planets and an alteration in their atmospheres and oceans due to the star’s luminosity and wind) by the parent star during planetary formation plays a role in determining how many and what kinds of planets will form. Depending on the planetary system in question, the photoevaporative wind loss cannot be too great or too small or the system will not support life. Such fine-tuning points to a supernatural Creator.

 Steven P. Ruden, “Evolution of Photoevaporating Protoplanetary Disks,” Astrophysical Journal, 605 (2004), pp. 880-891.

http:// www.journals.uchicago.edu/ApJ/journal/issues/ApJ/v605n2/59126/brief/59126.abstract.html

 

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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