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As scientists better understand astrophysical sources of fluorine, the case for fine-tuning in the formation of the solar system grows stronger. Fluorine is an element essential for life, yet it is remarkably difficult to produce and distribute in the universe. Recent results indicate that the death throes of a particular class of stars are the most likely location to inject fluorine into the regions where stars can form. Many of these stars are necessary to produce the amount of fluorine found in the solar system. A number of different supernovae are also necessary to account for other elements found in the solar system. The likelihood that all the necessary stars were dying at just the right time and at just the right distances from the solar nebula is too small to be properly attributed to natural processes. These conditions are perfectly consistent with the idea of a supernatural Creator intervening to make sure that a planet capable of supporting life exists.
- Y. Zhang and X.-W. Liu, “Fluorine Abundances in Planetary Nebulae,” Astrophysical Journal Letters 631 (2005): L61-64.
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