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Scientists committed to naturalism continue to encounter dead ends in their search for habitable planets. A team of astronomers had claimed that an Earth-type planet capable of supporting life conceivably could exist in planetary systems like the one associated with the star 55 Cancri. The team found that a small planet could orbit 55 Cancri within the “habitable zone” where liquid water upon the planet’s surface would be possible if the planet had a rapid rotation rate and an atmosphere with the just-right greenhouse effect. However, for the planet to have a stable orbit with both a low eccentricity and inclination it would need to orbit 55 Cancri so closely that tidal locking would produce a rotation period for the planet far too long for life to survive. Earth and the solar system still appear unique in their capacity to support life.
W. Von Bloh, et al, “On the Possibility of Earth-Type Habitable Planets in the 55 Cancri System,” Astrobiology, 3 (2003), pp. 681-688.
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