Astronomers have devised some ingenious indirect methods to detect distant planets, known as “extrasolar planets,” or “exoplanets.” Even if the planet cannot be seen directly, we can see its effect on the star. Using this technique (and a few other methods) astronomers have now discovered over 500 extrasolar planets (and counting)!
NASA launched the Kepler telescope in 2009 to “find terrestrial planets . . . especially those in the habitable zone of their stars where liquid water and possibly life might exist.” But these discoveries do not demonstrate that whatever could randomly happen did happen—cosmologically or biologically.
The Bible clearly makes man the center of His attention, so we can be sure that no extraterrestrial creatures are made in the image of God, as we are. They would not be the objects of God’s gracious salvation through the death of His uniquely begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
The purpose of the Kepler mission and other searches for extrasolar planets is to find evidence that life is common in the universe.
A news story in February 2016 reported the first detection of an atmosphere around a super-earth extrasolar planet, 55 Cancri e.
We here at Answers in Genesis believe that life is unique to Earth, so is the discovery of Kepler-452b a problem for us?
It’s almost comical that a scientist would express “almost no doubt” about life on a non-existent planet.
Kepler Space Telescope pinpoints a potentially habitable earth-sized exoplanet.
We’re just one out of millions of planets where life is likely to exist. You’ll hear this claim more and more. Don’t believe it.
New technologies show how special our home really is.
Each new discovery showcases not the possibility of life, but the far-flung wisdom and power of our Creator.
Kepler dominates the headlines, and the reason may involve more than just the excitement superlatives generate.
If other stars had planets, what would they look like?
The recent discovery of a unique (so far) planet outside our solar system has caused a lot of excitement and speculation.
No, the "alien planet" isn't home to alien life (as far as we know); according to astronomers, the planet itself is a veritable outsider in not only its own solar system, but in our entire galaxy.
If true, it would be perhaps the most revolutionary discovery in human history: a planet twenty light-years from earth that is not only habitable, but that has its own life-forms. There’s only one problem: scientists aren’t even sure the planet is there.
Two stories this week report on astronomical objects—moons and a planet—that may have formed relatively “recently,” at least in terms of billions-of-years belief.
A faraway gaseous planet may also be, in a metaphorical sense, “rocky”: astronomers hope it will be a “Rosetta stone” for exoplanetary research.
Pity poor planet WASP-12b: its host star not only heats it to more than 4,700˚F (2600˚C), but also is in the process of eating it.
Are the seeds of life commonly planted when a planet is formed?
If Earth’s neighbor Venus—known for high pressure, high temperatures, and toxic gases—sounds unwelcoming, wait till you learn about planet WASP-12b.
It may not have an impressive name, but minor planet 2006 SQ372 has a big role to play. Could this be the answer to the old-age comet conundrum?
Sooner or later, say some astronomers, we’ll run across an extrasolar planet so similar to our own planet that we’ll be able to call it “Earth’s twin.”
None of them have been named Krypton, but astronomers have identified three “Super-Earths” in a star system 42 light-years from Earth.
The finding of the smallest known extrasolar planet yet is giving hope to those who already believe aliens are out there.
The search for life far from earth seems to expand every month, with greater attention—and money—focused on finding planets with “conditions suitable for life.” Now, a new study suggests these “livable” planets may be more common than we thought.
Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are eagerly considering the prospect of life on an earth-like planet (named Vulcan in homage to Star Trek) orbiting a nearby star.
Scientists are exuberant following the discovery of a planet only slightly larger than earth.
In a major surprise to those looking for earth-like planets beyond our solar system, the first extrasolar planet examined-HD 189733b, for those keeping score-shows no signs of “common molecules like water, methane, or carbon dioxide,” announced Carl Grillmair and David Charbonneau of the Spitzer Science Center and Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, respectively.