Scientific advances over the last two decades allow astronomers to detect planets orbiting stars outside our solar system. These objects are known as extrasolar planets, or exoplanets for short. As astronomers study the hundreds of exoplanets already discovered, evidence for Earth's rare (or possibly unique) characteristics for supporting advanced life continues to grow. News reports often claim a particular exoplanet is Earth-like or "habitable." Such announcements typically reflect a "minimalist model" for habitability, namely the assumption that where liquid water exists, life will inevitably exist. RTB's testable creation model proposes that life requires far more exacting criteria than just liquid water.
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August 24, 2010
What a difference a day makes—or in this case, almost a year. I’m not talking about the romance Dinah Washington sang about 50 years ago, I’m referring to the advances in exoplanet research and how these advances highlight the unique character of Earth to support life.
December 31, 2009
Fifteen years ago, astronomers knew of only eight planets in the universe (nine if you still count Pluto). Now nearly 400 planets outside our solar system populate an ever-increasing planetary catalog.
December 20, 2009
Earth is not at all ordinary in its assortment of elements and compounds.
September 11, 2008
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.
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