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Rarity and Design of Late Heavy Bombardment

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A team of American astronomers has found more evidence that points to the supernatural design of the late heavy bombardment (LHB) of Earth by asteroids. The LHB refers to the time (3.9 to 3.8 billion years ago) during which the inner solar system bodies were subjected to many asteroid and comet impacts. After much searching, they found a star, BD+20 307, with warm silicate dust orbiting it. Warm silicate dust is a signature for abundant, intense collisions between asteroids and/or planetesimals (small solar system bodies). The age of the star system, 300 million years, means that the collisions have taken place relatively late in the history of the system. That the team found only one star, young or old, within 300 light years possessing warm silicate dust implies that events like the LHB are quite rare. Also, the LHB of the BD+20 307 system is far more intense than the LHB of the solar system. This discovery confirms that bombardments of the intensity and timing necessary to transform a planet into a state suitable for the support of advanced life must be so rare as to demand the input of a supernatural, superintelligent Creator. 

·       Inseok Song et al., “Extreme Collisions Between Planetesimals as the Origin of Warm Dust Around a Sun-Like Star,” Nature 436 (2005): 363-65.


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Subjects: Earth/Moon Design

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