Improved technology is leading to interesting new findings regarding extrasolar planets. NASA’s current list of exoplanets includes 403 objects. Research efforts including the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Wide Area Search for Planets (WASP), and Kepler have recently helped discover extrasolar planets that challenge naturalistic origins theories. Great efforts are underway to find exoplanets that are “Earth-like” and that are within the “habitable zone” around stars. The Gliese 581 system has four extrasolar planets, one of which is only about two Earth masses. A second is believed to be within the habitable zone, but little is known about the planet itself. The WASP program has found one planet that could spiral into the star in less than one million years, and another planet which orbits the star retrograde (opposite to the star’s spin direction). The new Kepler instrument will provide very high quality data on transiting extrasolar planets in our galaxy.
My previous papers have addressed the evidence for the existence of extrasolar planets (planets around other stars) and the various problems with explanations of their origin.1-3 Various models of extrasolar planet formation include the concept of planet orbit migrating (changing their distance from the star).3 I have argued that extrasolar planets are real but that old-age thinking and naturalistic models are inadequate to explain their origins. Star systems with planets generally are very unlike our own solar system, with planets very near their parent stars and some planets having very elliptical orbits. The NASA Planetquest website indicates there are currently 373 extrasolar planets.4These planets are orbiting 315 stars. None of them are considered “Earth-like”, according to the Planetquest website….
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