Reasons to Believe

Solar System Design

  • 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

  • Is the Solar System Special?

    9/12/2008 by Dr. David Rogstad

    Since its inception 22 years ago, Reasons To Believe has held the position that our Solar System is extremely unusual, probably unique in the observable universe. We … more

  • Is the Sun Unique?

    A few months ago, Hugh Ross discussed efforts by various astronomers to find a twin of the Sun using six different star properties. Only four or five stars out of more than 100,000 had characteristics … more

  • The Jupiter Twin HD 154345b

    Source: The Astrophysical Journal, "The Jupiter Twin HD 154345b," by J.T. Wright, G.W. Marcy, R.P. Butler, G.W. Henry, H. Isaacson, A.W. Howard, August, 2008 … more

  • More Evidence for the Design of Earthquake Activity

    In the December 2007 issue of Astrobiology Stanford University geophysicists Norman H. Sleep and Mark D. Zoback note that the higher tectonic activity during Earth’s early history could have … more

  • Design of the Solar System’s Gas Giants

    The masses and orbits of the solar system’s four gas giant planets are crucial for life on planet Earth. Without the gas giant planets, Earth would suffer from frequent life-destructive … more

  • Martian Climate Instabilities Compared to Earth’s

    Mars is a good example of such a pathway. It also is a good example of how the study of other planets can expose hidden evidences for supernatural design in our own planet.

    In a recent issue of … more

  • Milky Way Gobbled Gobs of Galaxies

    NASA scientists recently published a stunning reproduction of the Milky Way Galaxy using data taken with the Spitzer telescope. As seen in the image below, two large spiral arms emanate from a central … more

  • Comments on Comets

    Instead, these skeptics argue that the present density of such comets is an indicator of a young solar system and Earth. All agree that comets have a finite lifetime. After a limited number of orbits, … more

  • Search for the Sun’s Twin

    The discovery of over 270 extrasolar planets, combined with spacecraft missions to explore the outer solar system, likewise is beginning to establish the rare planetary system doctrine. In July 2007, … more

  • You Are Star-Stuff

    In the television series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, originally broadcast in 1980, Carl Sagan, the highly successful popularizer of astronomy, coined the phrase “we are made of star-stuff.” … more

  • Designed to Live, Designed to Die

    "Why don't we see new species emerging now?" Charles Darwin faced this question nearly 150 years ago when he proposed the theory of evolution. His answer–all Earth's habitats are full.

    Whether … more

  • Unique Moon Rising?

    Among all the moons in the solar system, Earth’s is unique in that it is so massive compared to the planet. The ratio of the Moon’s mass compared to Earth’s is almost 50 times larger … more

  • 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