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Astronomers have discovered a new design feature for advanced life on Earth. Survival of advanced life requires avoidance of deadly ultraviolet radiation spikes in the local interstellar medium as a consequence of the birth of a nearby association of giant stars. The spikes, which last about 30 million years, occur about once every billion years or so, while shorter spikes lasting a hundred thousand years or so occur much more frequently as a result of individual giant stars “running away” from their associations. Humanity’s entrance into cosmic history at the just-right time seems no accident of evolution.
Antonio Parravano, David J. Hollenbach, and Christopher F. McKee, “Time Dependence of the Ultraviolet Radiation Field in the Local Interstellar Medium,” Astrophysical Journal, 584 (2003), pp. 797-817.
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