Reasons to Believe

Solar System Discovery

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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
  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14647375
  • Rodney Gomes, “Conveyed to the Kuiper Belt,” Nature, 426 (2003), pp. 393-395.
  • http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v426/n6965/full/426393a.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

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.