Creationists probably won’t be mentioning this, but more extra-solar planets in their star’s habitable zone have been found. The news is reported by PhysOrg: Four Earth-sized planets detected orbiting the nearest sun-like star.. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
A new study by an international team of astronomers reveals that four Earth-sized planets orbit the nearest sun-like star, tau Ceti, which is about 12 light years away and visible to the naked eye.
Wowie — only 12 light years away! But wait — it gets better (or worse, if you’re a creationist):
These planets have masses as low as 1.7 Earth mass, making them among the smallest planets ever detected around nearby sun-like stars. Two of them are super-Earths located in the habitable zone of the star, meaning they could support liquid surface water.
Aha! Two more planets in the habitable zone of their star. According to the latest tally available from NASA, perhaps not yet updated for this tau Ceti discovery, there are 3,502 confirmed extra-solar planets, of which 361 are terrestrial (i.e., rocky, not gaseous like Jupiter). But they don’t give a figure for how many of those are in the habitable zone of their star. It’s at least a dozen, and the search has only just begun.
We always delight in reminding you of this oldie-goldie from the 1970s at the Institute for Creation Research: The Stars of Heaven. It was written by Henry Morris himself, who said:
[T]he earth is unique in the solar system and, for all we know, the solar system is unique in the universe. So far as we can observe, there are not even any planets anywhere else, let alone a planet equipped to sustain biological life.
Okay, back to PhysOrg. The news isn’t all good. They tell us:
The outer two planets around tau Ceti are likely to be candidate habitable worlds, although a massive debris disc around the star probably reduces their habitability due to intensive bombardment by asteroids and comets.
We’ll skip over a description of the method that was used to detect the planets. You can click over there to read it if you like. Here’s one more excerpt:
Sun-like stars are thought to be the best targets in the search for habitable Earth-like planets due to their similarity to the sun. Unlike more common smaller stars, such as the red dwarf stars Proxima Centauri and Trappist-1, they are not so faint that planets would be tidally locked, showing the same side to the star at all times. Tau Ceti is very similar to the sun in its size and brightness, and both stars host multi-planet systems.
So there you are. Month by month, we have more evidence that the description of the universe in Genesis, although a reasonable guess at the time it was written, is woefully wrong. Yet creationists insist on its perfect accuracy. So who ya gonna believe?
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