Reasons to Believe

Planetary System Stability

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Two Canadian astronomers discovered additional evidence that our solar system is designed for advanced life. They performed a long-term study of the stability of asteroids and comets in a planetary system dominated by an inner gas giant of the mass of Jupiter and an outer gas giant of the mass of Saturn. They found that exquisite fine-tuning of the two gas giants’ orbital parameters are necessary to avoid chaos (hence, catastrophic terrestrial collisions) in the distribution and orbital elements of the asteroids and comets. The just-right orbital parameters of Jupiter and Saturn for the benefit of life on Earth are indicative of supernatural foresight, planning, and design. 

Ian Lepage and Martin J. Duncan, “Stability of Minor-Body Orbits in Systems with Two Giant Planets,” Astronomical Journal, 127 (2004), pp. 1755-1767.


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: Universe 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.