Reasons to Believe

Extrasolar Planets

  • Is Life Possible on a Moon?

    A team of American astronomers recently announced the discovery of the first known planet outside our solar system to spend its entire orbit within the “habitable zone.”1When astronomers … more

  • Does the Probability for ETI = 1?

    Earlier this fall (September 25) I had a three-minute debate on Mancow’s Morning Madhouse, a nationally syndicated radio show, on the topic “Is there scientific evidence for intelligent … more

  • Planet Migration Tests Solar System Design

    Astronomers have discovered over 250 planets outside of our solar system residing in over 200 different planetary systems. However, all of these extrasolar planets exhibit characteristics that would … more

  • Searching for Earths

    I once saw a toy that served as a visual example of the saying "one in a million". It consisted of a clear plastic ball about 4 inches in diameter filled with literally a million little plastic cubes. … more

  • Planet Rotation Design

    If the planet rotates too slowly, the temperature differences between day and night will become too extreme. If the planet rotates too quickly, the jet streams will become too laminar and too stable, … more

  • Start and Stops in the Search for Earth-like Planets

    A few weeks ago we reported on the discovery of a new planet circling an M-type dwarf star named Gliese 581 in the constellation Libra. This discovery received a lot of attention in the news because … more

  • In the Habitable Zone But With No Water

    Planets around M dwarf stars have generated a lot of interest lately—especially with the recent discovery of an earth-mass planet in the region where liquid water could exist on the surface. … more

  • Effect of Distant Orbiters on Habitability

    A recent study by an MIT astronomer of a distantly orbiting companion to the nearby planet-hosting star HD 3651 illustrates the problems a distant relative can pose for any possible life-supportable … more

  • Looking for a Firefly in the Face of a Searchlight

    In the wake of past discoveries that provide overwhelming support for the creation model put forth by the scholar team at Reasons To Believe,1,2,3 it is expected that any new discoveries will bolster … more

  • Smaller Stars Offer Little Hope

    The recent discovery of an Earth-sized planet around a nearby star generated a lot of excitement in the scientific community - and rightly so. For one thing, most exoplanets (planets outside the solar … more

  • Earth-like Planet Discovered

    The news media is abuzz with the recent discovery of a new exoplanet (planet orbiting a star other than our Sun). It is the most Earth-like of any of the more than 200 planets detected so far (see … more

  • Location! Location! Location!

    Either a beachfront home or a secluded mountain ranch costs far more than a house in suburbia. A secluded mountain ranch with a beachfront on the other hand—now that would be valuable property. … more

  • Designed to Shake

    My family lives in one of the fastest-rising neighborhoods in the nation—not economically, but topographically. Our home rises by an average of 9 millimeters (1/3 inch) per year. Sometimes the … more

  • Water and Tectonic Activity

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    A greater understanding of geophysics provides further evidence that a habitable planet must have water to facilitate the necessary geological … more

  • Exoplanets Lack Water

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    The first spectral observations of extrasolar planets provide additional support that the solar system was designed to support life. From a … more

  • Planet-Formation Constraints in Binary Systems

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    Greater understanding of a young star cluster highlights the fine-tuning required to form a habitable planet. Most stars similar in size to the sun … more