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Astronomers discover a new design feature in the solar system. A good thing for life on Earth is that the Kuiper belt totals less than a tenth of an Earth mass and lies beyond Neptune’s orbit. However, the present large sizes of Kuiper Belt Objects only can be explained by a Kuiper belt originally containing tens of Earth masses. A new study shows that the solar system was made safe for life when the original Kuiper belt was pushed outward and much reduced in total mass by Neptune’s 1:2 mean motion resonance during its final phase of migration.
- Harold F. Levison and Alessandro Morbidelli, “The Formation of the Kuiper Belt by the Outward Transport of Bodies During Neptune’s Migration,” Nature, 426 (2003), pp. 419-421
- Rodney Gomes, “Conveyed to the Kuiper Belt,” Nature, 426 (2003), pp. 393-395.
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