Earth is ‘too special’?
Astronomer Thomas Clarke of the University of Central Florida in Orlando recently made an astonishing statement:
‘It’s a bit depressing to think that Earth-like planets are too special.’1
Evidence that the earth is special
Why should this be ‘depressing’? Those who believe the Bible should be elated—after all, the earth was created first (before the sun, moon and stars) and was specially designed to accommodate millions of kinds of living things.
First, one must understand that evolutionary astronomers have excluded a Creator by decree, and instead believe that our solar system formed by itself:
‘Astronomers agree that the planets and moons of our Solar System formed in a swirling disc of dust and gas around the Sun. … in the inner regions, dusty particles melted and stuck together, forming hot blobs of rock that cooled and merged to make Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars.’1
That is, according to evolutionists, the solar system was born in a collapsing cloud of dust and gas called a nebula, hence the term nebular hypothesis. Most of this collapsed into the sun,2 while the inner planets were formed from fragments that collided and fused together.
However, the more scientists have investigated this, the more they have realized that there is a problem. There was no reason for the rocky particles to melt—what would have heated them? If anything, back then the sun would have been cooler than today.3 Therefore only a small and very close planet like Mercury could conceivably have become hot enough. But further from the sun, they have admitted a problem:
‘While asteroid-sized rocks would have aggregated in the inner Solar System, they would not have melted and clumped together to form planets. … the solid rocks would just zoom past each other or collide and recoil like snooker balls.’1
Evolutionary astronomers propose that a supernova explosion within 50 light years from Earth exploded and supplied the nebula with radioactive aluminium-26, which provided heat as it decayed. But this requires a highly unlikely set of coincidences, which is why the chances are ‘remote’.1
However, Dr Clarke couldn’t bear the thought of Earth being in a favoured place in the universe, even in an evolutionary scenario, as shown in the quote at the beginning of this article. It has a great deal to do with the humanistic/atheistic belief that life on Earth, including humanity, just ‘happened’. Therefore they would expect our earth to be neither especially equipped nor to occupy a special location in the universe. So he prefers the above ‘speculative’1 idea!
Mass: 5.976x1024 kg (1/333,400 sun, 81x moon)
Radius: 6,378 km (equator) 6,356 km (pole) (1/109 sun, 3.66x moon)
Mean distance from sun: 149.6 million km (1 astronomical unit (AU))
Land area: 148 million km2 (29% of total area)
Highest point: 8,848 m (Mt Everest)
Lowest points: sea-11,034 m (Marianas Trench); land-397 m (Dead Sea)
Gravitational acceleration at surface: 9.8 m/s2 (1/27 sun, 6x moon)