Reasons to Believe

Extrasolar Planets

  • 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

  • Through the Lens: Astronomy, "Gas Giants" (SD)

    Video Url: http://c450919.r19.cf2.rackcdn.com/ttl_astronomy_gasgiants_sd.mp4

    Discussion Ideas

    Before watching the video:

    Activity: Research the term "gas giant." What are the characteristics of a gas giant? What makes a body a planet? (This term will be … more

  • Through the Lens: Astronomy, "Gas Giants" (HD)

    Video Url: http://c450919.r19.cf2.rackcdn.com/ttl_astronomy_gasgiants.mp4

    Discussion Ideas

    Before watching the video:

    Activity: Research the term "gas giant." What are the characteristics of a gas giant? What makes a body a planet? (This term will be … more

  • Tides Influence Habitability

    “My own personal feeling is that the chances of life on this planet are 100 percent...I have almost no doubt about it.”

    So said the UC-Santa Cruz astrophysicist who discovered an … more

  • Plate Tectonics Design

    The phrase “a hard nut to crack” aptly describes coconuts, Brazil nuts, and spies trained to resist interrogation. A new research study by Yale University geophysicist Jun Korenaga … more