Have Planets Been Discovered Outside the Solar System?
Yes. However, this does not imply that planets evolve or that life exists on such planets. Quite the opposite.
VERY TRUE: THE BIBLE MAKES PLAINN THAT GOD MADE EARTH FOR A VERY SPECIAL PURPOSE; MADE TO SUSTAIN HUMAN AND ANIMAL AND PLANT, LIFE. MANKIND WAS AND IS UNIQUE; AGAIN THE BIBLE MAKING IT CLEAR FOR WHAT PURPOSE - SEE MY STUDY "A CHRISTIAN'S DESTINY" AND DISCOVER WHY YOU WERE BORN - Keith Hunt
The media and a few astronomers often fail to explain important aspects of these discoveries. From 1963-2000, false claims were made that planets had been found outside the solar system. Few details accompanied each report, so the general impression that planets evolve was reinforced and became textbook orthodoxy. Today, hundreds of planets have been discovered, but a close examination shows that their existence contradicts current evolution theories, and almost all of their orbits create temperatures too extreme for life.1 Besides, many other requirements must be met, and life is too complex to evolve.
What were these false claims that planets had been discovered? In 1963, Peter van de Kamp announced that Barnard's star wobbled, as if a planet orbited the star. Ten years later, other astronomers showed that the telescope wobbled, not the star. In 1984, major radio and television networks reported that astronomers at Kitt Peak National Observatory had discovered the first planet outside the solar system. Other astronomers, after months of searching, could not verify the claim. Two years later, the astronomers who made the "discovery" acknowledged that atmospheric turbulence probably fooled them, because even they could not find their "planet."
In 1991, British astronomers reported that a star, named Scutum, wobbled with a six-month cycle. They claimed, and the excited media announced, discovery of the first planet outside our solar system. Later, these astronomers admitted their error. It was Earth that wobbled slightly, not the star.
On 19 May 1998, NASA announced, amid much fanfare, that the Hubble Space Telescope had made the first direct observation of a planet outside the sola/system. An editorial in Nature criticized NASA's premature announcement. "One does not need to read between the lines to perceive a deep need within NASA for publicity."2 Two years later, the astronomer making the "discovery" retracted her claim.3 What she thought was a planet was a star dimmed by interstellar dust.
Other false alarms involved astronomers, eager for publicity, who joined with the media hungry for an audience. Misinformation resulted. Unfortunately, the media rarely retracts reports that are later disproven, and textbooks, which change very slowly, have yet to catch up.
Several stars are surrounded by disks of gas and dust, which a few astronomers thought might be merging to form planets. Some of these astronomers also believe that finding such disks confirms the theory that planets evolve from gas and dust orbiting a star. Now it is known that on rare occasions the outer envelope of a sunlike star can be ejected into a disk-shaped cloud within a few years.4
Since 1995, an indirect technique that measures a star's wobble, has identified several hundred possible planets outside our solar system. The light from a few of these wobbling stars also dims periodically, as if a planet is passing between the star and Earth, blocking some of the star's light. Someday, telescopes may allow us to actually see planets outside our solar system.
How do these extrasolar planets contradict evolution theories? One planet has been found in a tight cluster of tens of thousands of stars that would disrupt the evolution of any planet. That cluster is also devoid of the heavy chemical elements thought necessary to evolve a planet.5
At least 30 planets have two suns; one sun of each pair would tend to disrupt any slow evolution of a planet.6
A Jupiter-size planet has been found with three suns! Its orbit is so close to one star (0.05 AU) that it would have been pulled apart before it could have evolved. Worse yet, two other stars orbit the first star at a distance of 12.3 AU. Their presence would also prevent the planet from evolving.7
Some relatively cool, planet-size bodies not associated with any star are being discovered wandering alone in deep space. Experts admit that, "The formation of young, free-floating planetary-mass objects like these is difficult to explain by our current models of how planets form'.'8
To know if extrasolar planets have been found, we must first know what qualifies as a planet. The common characteristics of the solar system's nine planets are our best guide. Therefore, we might define a planet as a nearly spherical body that is not itself a star, but is in an almost-circular orbit around a star that spins in the same direction as the orbiting body. A planet should be at least as massive as Pluto, which in many ways is our most unusual planet. Pluto provides other limits such as distance from its star (the Sun): 50 AU, eccentricity: 0.25, and angle of inclination: 18 degrees. Most claimed "planets" outside the solar system are not in nearly circular orbits, many are closer to their star than Mercury is to the Sun, few can be shown to orbit in the plane of the star's equator, and none can be shown to orbit in the direction of the star's spin. Few, if any, resemble planets in the solar system.
Two aspects of these new, more valid discoveries have gone largely unnoticed. First, how is the orbital plane of the orbiting body oriented? If the orbital plane is parallel to our line of sight to the star, then the orbiting body is small enough to be a planet and still cause the "wobble" we see. However, if the plane is nearly perpendicular to our line of sight, a much more massive body is needed to cause the observed wobble. Some bodies are probably so massive that they are brown dwarfs—small dim stars, some only 5-8 times larger than Jupiter. Most stars orbit other stars. A brown dwarf can also orbit another star, so brown dwarfs could cause some of the observed wobbles. The dividing line between brown dwarfs and planets is uncertain and involves more than just mass, because their sizes can overlap9—another reason for defining planets.
Second, if the unseen bodies are planets, then some are so near their star that they are losing mass too rapidly to have been planets for very long.10 Furthermore, their rocky cores would have melted before the planets evolution could begin.11
Others are too far from their star and the dust near the star needed to grow a planet. Also, their slow motion at those great distances would "scoop up" little dust. If planets evolved, friction from the gas and dust around a young star would have circularized each planet's orbit. As stated above, most of the claimed planets have highly elliptical orbits.
Finally, some bodies orbiting stars may be a new class of object—neither planets nor brown dwarfs. Techniques are being developed that will shed more light on these bodies. What is clear is that for the nine planets we know best and for the extrasolar planets, evolutionary explanations are completely inadequate.12
SO EVEN IF PLANETS SOMEWHAT LIKE EARTH ARE EVENTUALLY FOUND; BEING THE RIGHT DISTANCE FROM A SUN, AND ORBITING LIKE OUR EARTH DOES AROUNS A SUN….. SO WHAT??
IT DOES NOT MEAN LIFE AS LIKE ON E ARTH, AND WITH HUMAN TYPE INTELLIGENT LIFE WILL BE THERE.
EVOLUTIONISTS WOULD LOVE TO FIND SOME KIND OF LIFE, EVEN MICROSCOPIC, THE SIMPLEST FORM OF LIFE; IT WOULD GIVE THEM THE 100 PERCENT CONFIDENCE TO SAY EVOLUTION IS HOW THE UNIVERSE AND HUMAN LIFE CAME INTO BEING.
BUT EVEN THAT WOULD BE SO FAR AWAY FROM HUMAN LIFE IT WOULD BE AS FAR AWAY AS LIGHT FROM DARKNESS.
THE BIBLE TELLS US GOD CREATED THIS EARTH AND HUMAN LIFE UPON IT FOR A VERY SPECIAL PURPOSE; NO SUCH HUMAN LIFE EXISTS ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE.
TODAY - JULY 21ST 2015 STEPHEN HAWKINS AND A BILLIONAIRE GERMAN GUY ARE GOING TO COLLABORATE TO TRY AND FIND INTELLIGENT LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE - RADIO WAVES 50 TIMES GREATER THAN EVER, WILL BE SENT OUT INTO THE TRILLION OF MILES OF SPACE TO TRY AND MAKE CONTACT WITH SOME OTHER INTELLIGENT LIFE FORM….. YES THE EVOLUTIONISTS ARE DESPERATE TO FIND INTELLIGENT LIFE FORMS SOMEWHERE IN THE UNIVERSE; TO THEM THE BILLIONS OF GALAXIES WITH SUNS AND MAYBE OTHER PLANETS SIMILAR TO OURS, GIVE THEM HOPE THAT SUCH IS THE CASE AND WITHIN IT ALL, THERE WILL BE OTHER INTELLIGENT LIFE.
GOD SITS BACK AND LAUGHS AT THEM.
THEY WILL NOT ACCEPT THERE IS A GOD; THEY ARE FOOLS!!
GOD'S WORD SAYS, "ONLY THE FOOL HAS SAID IN HIS HEART THERE IS NO GOD."
THEY HAVE BEEN TRYING FOR AT LEAST 75 YEARS TO SEND OUT RADIO SIGNALS AND WHATEVER TO CONTACT SOME INTELLIGENT LIFE….. NO CONTACT HAS COME BACK TO US; NOW MAYBE THEY HOPE A 50 TIMES MORE POWERFUL "CONTACT SENDING" WILL FINALLY GET A RESPONSE.
IT WILL NOT, NOT FROM ANY TYPE OF HUMAN INTELLIGENT LIFE FORM.
WE ARE UNIQUE IN THE UNIVERSE! GOD'S WORD SAYS WE ARE; FOR THE ETERNAL GOD IS DOING ON EARTH WHAT HE IS NOT DOING ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE UNIVERSE. AND YOUR BIBLE, IN THE LAST CHAPTERS OF THE BOOK OF REVELATION SAYS, ONE DAY GOD THE FATHER WILL COME TO THIS EARTH; TO DWELL WITH HIS CHILDREN; THE NEW EARTH WILL BE THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE WHOLE UNIVERSE.