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By Dr. Hugh Ross
It is becoming increasingly evident that, unlike the 797 known extrasolar planetary systems, the Sun’s array of planets is exquisitely fine-tuned for the existence of advanced life. Recent studies of Jupiter and Saturn add substantially to the accumulating evidence for why, in spite of the probable existence of billions of planets in the Milky Way Galaxy, our solar system may be alone in manifesting all the attributes for sustaining advanced life.
Measurements of features from 1,050 exoplanets, plus dozens of extrasolar asteroid and comet belts, have yielded increasing evidence for the uniqueness of the solar system’s characteristics that make advanced life possible on Earth. These feature measurements have enabled theoreticians to develop detailed formation models that, in turn, reveal how exquisitely designed our solar system planets are for making possible the existence of advanced life on Earth.
In 2011, I wrote a six-article series entitled “The Remarkable Design of the Solar System’s Turbulent Youth.” In part five, I discuss the “jumping Jupiter” effect that explains the current orbits of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune while solving other astronomy problems, such as why Mars is not many times more massive than it is, why additional planets do not exist between Mars and Jupiter, and why the inner part of the Main Belt of asteroids (between Mars and Jupiter) is severely depleted. For reasons discussed in my series, all four phenomena are crucial for advanced life on Earth.
In the jumping Jupiter scenario, either Uranus or Neptune experienced a close encounter with Saturn and was, consequently, scattered inward. That inward migration resulted in the traveling gas giant experiencing a close encounter with Jupiter wherein it was strongly scattered outward. And this second close encounter led to a rapid increase in the separation between Jupiter and Saturn’s orbits.1
For the jumping Jupiter scenario to explain the four critical features of the solar system it must be designed to an exceptionally fine-tuned degree—so exceptional as to imply the miraculous intervention…
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