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November 18, 2008

The heaven’s declare the glory of God … (Ps 19:1) ESV

Filed under: Bruce — pilgrimskeyboard @ 10:45 pm

Our “Goldilocks” Solar System

Not too hot, not too cold. . . That’s just part of what it takes to make a nice world like ours. Recent planet-building computations have found a new constraint. The protoplanetary disk of gas and dust that spawns a planetary system must be neither too massive nor too sparse.

If it’s too massive, many giant planets will form. They interact and pull each other’s orbits into chaos, expelling or wrecking any smaller worlds. Too little mass, and big planets wouldn’t form at all. Our own solar system, which does have giant planets but in safe, distant, nearly round orbits, it appears to be an unusual, right-on-the-balance case.

This in turn suggests that having giant planets in round orbits is somehow important for a terrestrial planet to develop intelligent life. If this were not so, we sould be unlikely to find oursleves in a system of this unusual type. [Sky & Telesope Magazine, Our “Goldilocks” Solar System, News Notes, (November 2008), 22.]


O how the heaven’s delcare the glory of God!

Genesis 1:1 & 31 – In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. … And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.

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1 Comment »

  1. The fact that our solar system, and the whole universe, were lovingly created to give us a beautiful life should thrill everyone. Instead many insist that it was all an accident. Any much less act of love by a much less capable being would be applauded. This was a good reminder of His great love for us.

    Comment by Cindy — November 19, 2008 @ 10:44 am | Reply


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