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A team of astronomers at the University of Colorado has found more evidence for the design of the solar system. They noted that 90% or more of all stars form in dense star clusters. Thus, during the planetary formation stage they are likely to be exposed to intense ultraviolet light from nearby giant stars. Such uv light typically truncates the outer part of the planetary disk, making it unlikely for planets to form there. This result helps explain why astronomers have yet to discover gas giant planets orbiting their stars more distantly than do the solar system’s gas giants. Photo-erosion from such light would also increase the concentration of heavy elements in the planetary disk, which would help explain Earth’s exceptionally high abundance of heavy elements. These conclusions imply that the solar system features (four distantly orbiting gas giants combined with an extremely heavy-element-rich Earth) are so rare as to suggest supernatural design.
- John Bally, Nick Moeckel, and Henry Throop, “Planet Formation in OB Associations,” Abstract # 743, Abstracts of the Biennial Meeting of the NASA Astrobiology Institute, April 10-14, 2005, Astrobiology 5 (2005): 186-87.
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