Reasons to Believe

Solar System Design

  • Bombardment Makes Civilization Possible

    What is the common thread among the following items: pacemakers, spark plugs, fountain pens and compass bearings? Give up? All of them currently use (or used in early versions) the two densest … more

  • Volcanism and Plate Tectonics on Earthlike Planets

    For advanced life to be possible, the planet's surface must possess both landmasses and oceans. Both features must cover a large fraction of the planet's surface (see here) and must do so continuously … more

  • Finding Oceans and Continents and Extrasolar Planets

    The quest to find an Earth-like planet capable of supporting advanced life will not be fulfilled simply by discovering a planet approximating the mass of Earth that orbits its star at a distance that … more

  • Debris Disks and Planets Show Solar System Design

    Analysis of objects orbiting stars has provided evidence for the supernatural design of our solar system.

    Nearly every young stellar object that is in or adjacent to the spiral arms of the Milky Way … more

  • The Tidal Habitable Zones

    Habitable zones support an important line of evidence for the supernatural design of life-friendly planets. Two such locations include the water and the ultraviolet radiation habitable zones. A planet … more

  • How Unlikely Is Our Planetary System?

    The year 1995 marked the first time astronomers discovered an extrasolar planet.1 It was found orbiting the star 51 Pegasi. Today, scientists know of more than 350 planets residing outside the solar … more

  • Oceans on Ancient Venus, Study Suggests

    Source: SPACE.com "Oceans on Ancient Venus, Study Suggests ", July 14, 2009; http://news.yahoo.com/s/space/20090714/sc_space/oceansonancientvenusstudysuggests/print more

  • A Complete Sample of Extrasolar Planets

    Researchers first detected a star-orbiting planet outside the solar system in 1995.1 It was found orbiting the star 51 Pegasi. Today, astronomers know of 347 extrasolar planets. While this is not a … more

  • Defusing the Antimatter Bomb

    We’ve seen these plot devices repeated throughout the action/adventure genre. Obviously, the climaxes of popcorn flicks are rife with scientific inaccuracies. It drives my wife crazy when I … more

  • Signatures of Migrating Planets

    I like watching NUMB3RS. Two brothers, one a top-notch FBI agent, the other a star mathematician, seek to solve tricky cases using sparse, difficult-to-gather data. Often, catching the criminal … more

  • Solar System’s Extraordinary Birth Environment

    One of the most extraordinary features of the solar system is that it contains adequate abundances of all the elements essential for advanced life. What makes it so exceptional is that the elements … more

  • Coreless Terrestrial Planets

    As I described in last week’s Today’s New Reasons To Believe, two MIT planetary scientists added to the list of these features. Their modeling of the formation history of planets the size … more

  • Dwarf Galaxies Test Big Bang

    The big bang creation event— as taught by the Bible for centuries1— now stands well established by astronomers’ observations of the universe.2 This observational evidence shows that … more

  • Violent Solar System Birth

    Imagine a luxurious house on a remote ranch. Looking out the windows you see majestic mountains on one side and a scenic ocean expanse out the other. The location insures that you can enjoy the … more

  • Nearby Solar System Looks a Lot Like Our Own

    Source: FoxNews.com, "Nearby Solar System Looks a Lot Like Our Own," October 28, 2008, by Jeanna Bryner, October 29. 2008
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,444512,00.html more

  • Rare Solar System Location

    The solar system’s current position (in between two nearby exceptionally symmetrical and widely separated spiral arms that are devoid of any significant spurs or feathers) keeps the solar … more

  • Youngest Solar Systems Detected

    When I first started graduate school in 1991, only the planets in our solar system were known. By the time I finished almost six years later, astronomers had found over a dozen planets beyond the … more