Reasons to Believe

Solar System Design

  • 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

  • Jupiter, Friend or Foe?

    A couple of months ago Dave Rogstad reported on a study assessing the current importance of Jupiter in shielding Earth from cometary impacts. An article appearing in Science Daily prompted the … more

  • Planet Migration Tests Solar System Design

    Astronomers have discovered over 250 planets outside of our solar system residing in over 200 different planetary systems. However, all of these extrasolar planets exhibit characteristics that would … more

  • From Dust to Planets

    Prevailing theory for the formation of planetsmaintains that they form when dust particles in the disk of material rotating around a central star begin to stick together in clumps (just like the dust … more

  • Planet Rotation Design

    If the planet rotates too slowly, the temperature differences between day and night will become too extreme. If the planet rotates too quickly, the jet streams will become too laminar and too stable, … more

  • Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

    As more evidence is gathered, does this evidence support the theory (requiring only minor modifications), or does the evidence undermine key elements of the theory such that it is best abandoned … more

  • Effect of Distant Orbiters on Habitability

    A recent study by an MIT astronomer of a distantly orbiting companion to the nearby planet-hosting star HD 3651 illustrates the problems a distant relative can pose for any possible life-supportable … more

  • Habitability and God's Design for Earth

    So what prompted the abundance of media coverage regarding a planet discovery announced at the end of April 2007? According to scientists, this was the first potentially habitable planet. For the … more

  • First Kuiper Belt Family Found

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    Analysis by a team of Caltech scientists promises to increase understanding of the outer solar system and will likely illuminate more fine-tuning. … more

  • Location! Location! Location!

    Either a beachfront home or a secluded mountain ranch costs far more than a house in suburbia. A secluded mountain ranch with a beachfront on the other hand—now that would be valuable property. … more