New 'Alien' Planets Create Big Problems For Evolutionary Theories

 

New 'Alien' Planets Create Big Problems For Evolutionary Theories

 

Over the last few years, improved technology has allowed us to see farther into space than ever before.

 

One of the results has been an explosion in the number of newly-discovered "exoplanets" (planets orbiting other stars). So far, over 1,200 planets and candidates have been found.

 

These planets are NOT conforming to the expectations of evolutionary astronomers.

 

Evolutionists have always assumed that our Solar System is a good model for solar systems overall.

 

After all, if this weren't true -- if our Solar System were unusual -- this would imply that we were special somehow.

 

But being special has religious overtones. It smacks of intelligent design. Or worse yet, Biblical Creation.

 

So evolutionist astronomers have always insisted on the so-called "Copernican Principle" -- the assumption that we are NOT in any way special, and we do NOT live in a special place in the Universe.

 

And the logical implication of this is that other Solar Systems would be common and very similar to our own. There would be small rocky planets close to the star, and gas/ice giants farther out.

 

Up until a few years ago, most astronomers assumed this configuration was pretty much inevitable.

 

But not any more.

 

Exoplanets were a hot topic for discussion at the winter meeting of the American Astronomical Society. One report said:

 

"Observers in any field of science take a peculiar pleasure in seeing their theorist colleagues collapse into sobbing heaps, but it happens with unnerving regularity with exoplanets. Modelers have consistently failed to predict the diversity of planetary systems out there. And they are the first to admit it." [1]

 

As more new planets are found, they are contradicting practically all of the major predictions that secular theories have made.

 

Secular theories predict that exoplanets will have orbits that are circular, or close to it. But many of the newly-discovered planets do not.

 

Secular theories predict that exoplanets will orbit their star in the same direction that the star rotates. But many of them do not.

 

Secular theories predict that exoplanets will have orbits that line up with the equatorial plane of their stars. But many of them do not.

 

Secular models predict that Earth-size planets orbiting close to their stars will be fairly rare. But as one paper noted, "This region of parameter space is in fact well populated, implying that such models need substantial revision." [2]

 

Secular models predict that Jupiter-size planets can't form close to their stars. But we're finding lots of "hot Jupiters": massive Jupiter-size planets that orbit their parent stars extremely closely. [3]

 

The list of problems goes on.

 

From a creation perspective, the new discoveries are exciting. We're finding all sorts of exotic systems, including huge planets many times the size of Jupiter, and a system with five Neptune-sized planets orbiting in a region smaller than the orbit of Mars.

 

Many of the individual planets are fascinating too, like 55 Cancri e. It's not only the densest solid planet ever found (it's about 1.6 times the size of Earth, but 8 times more massive), it also whips around its star in merely 18 hours. So a "year" on this planet would be just 18 hours long.

 

Creationary astronomers aren't surprised by the wonderful diversity of God's handiwork. It's what we expect from a Universe that He created for His own glory.

Conversely, evolutionists are finding that their core assumptions have been shattered. As Swiss astronomer Didier Queloz told Discovery News, "Right now, the notion that solar systems are like ours is completely falling apart."

 

By Spike Psarris

 

Notations mentioned above:

1. Link

2. Link

3.  Some secular models have Jupiter-size planets forming farther out from the star, and then migrating inward. But this doesn't match the discoveries either, because many of these planets are found alone. As Scientific American noted, "to migrate inward, a planet must transfer angular momentum to more distant material; thus, any tightly orbiting planets -- including the plentiful breed of massive planets known as hot Jupiters -- should be accompanied by more distant ones." Link

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