Reasons to Believe

Solar System Design

  • 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
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  • 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

  • Where Did Earth Get Its Phosphorus?

    Phosphates serve as the backbone for all nucleic acids and are the major repository of chemical energy for metabolism. The human body contains about 11,000 parts per million of phosphorus by weight. … more

  • Chronology of Early Solar System Events

    I enjoy traveling, whether taking a trip to visit relatives for Christmas or a summertime vacation to witness the beauty of creation. However, any trip with my family (wife and five kids) requires … more

  • Too Much Sulfur

    Sulfur plays a crucial role in life chemistry. This fact became personal for me a year ago when I was diagnosed as sulfur deficient. Many protein functions crucially depend on sulfur. Fortunately, … more

  • Why Jupiter and Saturn Have No Twins

    Likewise, the discovery of over 300 extrasolar gas giant planets combined with spacecraft missions to explore the outer solar system is beginning to establish the rare gas giant planet system … more

  • Photosynthesis Is Not Enough

    This event occurred approximately 2.4 billion years ago. The oxygen content of Earth’s atmosphere rose from just one thousandth of a percent (10-5) of its present level (about 21 percent of the … more

  • Is the Solar System Special?

    We base this view on the Solar System’s various characteristics required to provide the long-term conditions necessary for life in general and especially for the advanced life on Earth. On the … more