Reasons to Believe

Solar System Design

  • Research Rules Out Rogue Planets

    A rogue planet on a collision course with Earth is something science-fiction stories have in common with doomsday theories (such as the 2012 Mayan calendar prophecies). Astronomy, however, has … more

  • Thank God for the Solar System’s Asteroid Belts

    Our solar system possesses five belts of asteroids and comets.

    the Main Belt (between Mars and Jupiter)

    the Centaurs (between Jupiter and Neptune)

    the Scattered Belt (extends from just outside … more

  • Mass Extinction Periodicity Design

    The earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number —living things both large and small. (Psalm 104:24–25)

    This passage implies … more

  • Thankful for Comets

    Gazing upon the night sky during this holiday season may bring a glimpse of a comet that could put on an impressive display. Through Thanksgiving week, comet ISON (known as C/2012 S1 in more formal … more

  • Planet Imaged Wandering in Space

    Middle school is often a difficult time for students. I remember being one of five boys in a classroom with tables that sat four. Sitting at the table with three other kids, I noticed the fifth boy … more

  • TNRTB Classic: A Sun Designed for Humans

    Earlier this week, I wrote about how the Sun stands out among all stars in manifesting such extremely low levels of sunspots and flares. The more we learn about stars and the Sun, in particular, the … more

  • Why Our Sun Is Spot On

    I am not known for being a flashy guy, quite the opposite, in fact. Likewise, the Sun, although it appears cheerfully bright, is not very “flashy.” Indeed, new discoveries indicate that … more

  • Ask Questions, Seek Answers

    Last week on RTB’s official Facebook page we invited people to share some of the science-faith questions their kids ask. Soon, questions poured in. A 5-year-old asked whether her teddy bear … more

  • The Solar System Declares God’s Glory

    Earth’s great range of environments—mountains, oceans, forests, deserts, plains, and more—and diversity of life inspire much praise for the Creator. But as the psalmist points out, … more

  • Meteoroids, Asteroids, and Bears, Oh, My!

    You might have seen- Yahoo News!, 5 Reasons to Care About Friday's Asteroid Flyby, Feb 15, 2013; http://news.yahoo.com/5-reasons-care-fridays-asteroid-flyby-042802278.html more

  • Grand by Design

    It’s as busy as Grand Central Station. This New York landmark, correctly referred to as Grand Central Terminal, is often thought of as the epitome of chaos. Rightfully so. I happened to be there … more

  • TNRTB Classic: Solar System Designed for Humans

    Earlier this week I wrote about how protoplanetary disk inhomogeneities explain the planet traps that astronomers observe in exoplanetary systems. These traps help explain why it appears that the more … more

  • Explaining the Mass-Period Relations of Exoplanets

    The first extrasolar planet discovered was found in 1995 orbiting the star 51 Pegasi.1 At that time, most astronomers presumed we would eventually discover many planets manifesting characteristics … more

  • Is There Ice on Mercury?

    You might have seen- Yahoo! News, NASA: Closest planet to sun, Mercury, harbors ice, Nov 28, 2012; http://news.yahoo.com/nasa-closest-planet-sun-mercury-harbors-ice-193337172.html more

  • TNRTB Classic: The Solar System’s Super Design

    Earlier this week, I wrote about a new study on the Sun’s probable birth cluster. This study has helped to resolve the contradictions concerning the size of the Sun’s birth cluster and, … more