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Extrasolar Planets

on February 20, 2017

Astronomers have discovered extrasolar planets that orbit distant stars. Although most of these planets have not been directly observed, they have been detected indirectly—usually by the gravitational “tug” they produce on the star they orbit. The principles being used here are operational science, so we have good reason to believe that these are indeed real planets that God created on Day 4 of the Creation Week 6,000 years ago.

According to astrophysicist Dr. Jason Lisle, these extrasolar planets are actually a problem for naturalistic ideas about the origin of the universe. Secular astronomers had expected that other solar systems would resemble ours—with small planets forming very close to their star, and large planets forming far away. But many of these extrasolar planets are just the opposite; they are large Jupiter-sized planets orbiting very close to their star.

This is inconsistent with evolutionary models of solar system formation, but it’s not a problem for biblical creation. God can create many different varieties of solar systems, and apparently He has done just that.

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