We do this every couple of months because these posts infuriate creationists. The last was Extra-Solar Planet Update: September 2020, and now it’s time for another update in our ongoing series about planets beyond our own solar system.
We are delighted to inform the creationists that — once again — the numbers are bigger than ever. They’re always increasing. We haven’t found any life out there yet — and that thrills them — but the search has barely begun. Meanwhile, the constantly increasing number of planets out there is enough to drive creationists crazy — and the number is always growing!
We usually repeat some background material you’ve seen several times before. Today, however, we’re going to skip most of it. If you like, you can read it in our September update.
But we must describe the picture above this post. It illustrates the universe described in Genesis, written around 1,000 BC at the time of the Babylonian empire. Immovable in the center of the universe is the flat Earth, which was created as the abode of man. It’s supported by pillars. The Sun orbits the Earth, as does the Moon. Above them are the stars. They’re not suns, they’re lights embedded in a presumably solid firmament, which also revolves around the Earth. Above the firmament is heaven, the glorious realm of Yahweh. Below Earth is the lake of fire, described later in scripture. That’s the universe and we’re in the center — the focus of divine attention. No other worlds are mentioned in Genesis — or anywhere else in the bible. There’s no place for them, and creationists don’t like them.
Okay, let’s get to the data. Our information comes from NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration — see Exoplanet Exploration. For each statistic, we’ll give you the latest figure as well as the figure we reported two months ago, which will show you how things are progressing:
Confirmed planets: 4,301 (old figure: 4,276) 25 more!
Planets awaiting confirmation: 5,650 (old figure: 5,481) 169 more!
Planetary systems beyond our own: 3,192 (old figure: 3,173) 19 more!
Remember — our observations are only of nearby stars (relatively speaking). Considering the percentage of neighboring stars that have planets, it’s generally accepted that most of the stars in our galaxy have planetary systems — which means that the odds against a life bearing world out there are getting slimmer by the day.
And so we leave the creationists — writhing in pain and anger. Whether they’re Hambo-type creationists or Discoveroids, it makes no difference. They all insist that Earth is unique, and there’s no life — certainly no intelligent life — anywhere else. But every day the facts keep piling up against them. That’s why we like to bring you these updates, and it’s why the creationists don’t like us. They don’t like reality either, but that’s their problem, not ours.
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