Reasons to Believe

Life on Other Planets

  • Inhabitability of Planets Orbiting Red Dwarfs

    Scripture declares that God knows the number of stars in the universe and that he has assigned a name to each star (Psalm 147:4). Astronomers do not know the exact number but they have a rough … more

  • Rare Moon Just Got Rarer

    We owe our very existence to the Moon. Because we are living on a relatively small planet orbited by a single gigantic moon, our planet’s rotation axis tilt is stable, our planet possesses tidal pool … more

  • A Bad Weather Day for M Dwarfs

    This week’s post comes from Brandon Reddell (BS in physics and petroleum engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, MS in applied physics from Johns Hopkins University, and PhD in … more

  • Our Sun Is Still the One and Only

    I grew up in coastal British Columbia where the weather was easy to predict. If you could see the mountains, you knew it was going to rain. If you could not see the mountains, it was raining already. … more

  • Why Water Worlds Are Inhospitable to Life

    In the classic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, the thirsty mariner looks out at the ocean surrounding him and declares, “Water, water, every where, / Nor any drop to drink.”1 … more

  • Earth’s Seven Sisters: Are They Really Similar?

    NASA just announced the discovery of the largest ever batch of Earth-size, habitable-zone planets around a single star, 39 light-years away. The star is TRAPPIST-1, otherwise known by its … more

  • Too Much Water Is Bad for Life!

    The mantra for the astrobiology community is “Follow the water”—for good reason. Without liquid water, there is no possibility of life. However, many in the astrobiological community … more

  • Have You Thanked God for Earth’s Gravity Today?

    Three summers ago, Fazale Rana and I delivered four lectures on the Cambrian explosion to more than 40 supporters of Reasons to Believe within just a few miles of the site where the first Cambrian … more

  • Clouds Cause Problems for Extraterrestrial Life

    When I was a child, my friends and I would sometimes lie on the grass and watch billowing clouds traverse the sky. As they traversed the sky and changed shape, we would call out to one another what … more

  • Would Discovering Aliens Disprove Christianity?

    According to the popular narrative, Copernicus’s assertion that the earth orbited the sun started a relentless process of scientific discovery serving to remove any thought that humanity … more

  • The Alien Signal That Wasn’t

    “Hear Me Now? ‘Strong Signal’ from Sun-like Star Sparks Alien Speculation” (CNN)

    “Aliens May Have Sent a ‘Strong Message’ from Deep in Space, Scientists … more

  • "Electric Wind" Becomes 9th Habitable Zone

    The Internet has been abuzz lately with several articles and posts claiming that "at least a trillion alien civilizations have almost certainly existed in the universe."1 These claims are founded … more

  • Are Humans Special?

    Is human life on Earth special or not? According to the popular narrative, science continues pushing humanity off any supposed pedestal—a process that began when Nicolaus Copernicus promoted a … more