Reasons to Believe

Extrasolar Planets

  • TNRTB Classic: Exoplanet Studies

    Despite the probable existence of billions of planets in the Milky Way Galaxy, evidence continues to demonstrate that Earth may be alone in manifesting all the attributes for sustaining advanced life. … more

  • Chaos versus Order in Planetary Systems

    For the first time, new computer simulation studies reveal what makes our solar system so special and why, despite the probable existence of billions of planets in the Milky Way Galaxy, Earth may be … more

  • Steamy Alien Planet

    You might have seen Yahoo! News, "New Type of Alien Planet Is a Steamy 'Waterworld'" Feb 21, 2012; http://news.yahoo.com/type-alien-planet-steamy-waterworld-162802250.html more

  • Alien Planet Could Support Life

    You might have seen Scientific American, "Newfound Alien Planet is Best Candidate Yet to Support Life, Scientists Say" Feb 01, 2012; … more

  • 160 Billion Alien Planets

    Yahoo! News, "160 Billion Alien Planets May Exist in Our Milky Way Galaxy" Jan 11, 2012; http://news.yahoo.com/160-billion-alien-planets-may-exist-milky-way-180412397.html more

  • Knowing the Basics – RTB 101

    My family likes to play a puzzle-solving game called Mindtrap. After reading the puzzle from a card, we think, discuss, and analyze how to solve the problem. Often the solution becomes apparent (and … more

  • Habitable Zone Planet Discovered

    Yahoo! News, "NASA Telescope Confirms Alien Planet in Habitable Zone" Dec 06, 2011; http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-telescope-confirms-alien-planet-habitable-zone-162005358.html more

  • TNRTB Classic: Beneficial Catastrophes

    The migration of the gas giant planets in the early solar system could have destroyed Earth or at least its capacity to support life. Yet it happened in such a way that enhanced Earth’s … more

  • Solar System May Have Started with Five Gas Giants

    With five kids, I often make sure to count and recount them whenever I take my family to a public place. I could make them all hold hands but they prefer that I take a regular inventory. So far, every … more

  • TNRTB Classic: Extrasolar Planets

    Astronomers continue to detect an increasing number of extrasolar planets. These discoveries may seem like a threat to the RTB creation model, but we expected such findings and anticipate that … more

  • Star Wars-Like Planet Discovered

    Star Wars fans will remember the remarkable Tatooine sunset scene from A New Hope. After being told he can’t apply for an off-planet academy, Luke Skywalker heads out of the house to ponder his … more

  • Star Wars-like planet found?

    Science Daily, "NASA's Kepler Discovery Confirms First Planet Orbiting Two Stars" Sep 15, 2011; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/09/110915144828.htm more

  • Another Super-Earth in the habitable zone?

    USA Today, "Super-Earth spotted on the edge of habitable zone'" Aug 22, 2011; http://content.usatoday.com/communities/sciencefair/post/2011/08/super-earth-spotted-on-the-edge-of-habitable-zone/1 more

  • Milankovitch Cycle Design

    We all know friends and relatives who exhibit frequent, large mood cycles. In some cases, the cycles can be so extreme as to make maintaining a normal life challenging.

    Planetary scientists are … more