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Japanese astronomers have discovered a new design feature necessary for advanced life to live on Earth: avoidance of superbubbles. A superbubble is a ball of hot gas blown out by a type II supernova. These astronomers made the first ever discovery of nonthermal x-ray emission from the shell of a superbubble. Based on the measured age of the particular superbubble they studied, they determined that the x-ray radiation remains deadly for at least ten million years, which is about ten thousand times longer than what any astronomer previously thought possible. Consequently, a new requirement for advanced life in any planetary system is that there be no nearby superbubbles that are younger than ten million years. The lack of such harmful effects in our galactic neighborhood in relatively recent cosmic history is consistent with the notion of a Creator who designed our galaxy as a place that could facilitate advanced life forms.
Ava Bamba et al., “Thermal and Nonthermal X-Rays from the Large Magellanic Cloud Superbubble 30 Doradus C,” Astrophysical Journal, 602 (2004), pp. 257-263.
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