Before I jump into this newly-discovered planet approximately 110 light years away, I would like to remind you that in order to get continued research funding, scientists must tout a major discovery and present information backed by theories surrounding that information which may or may not be true. It just has to be shown to be plausible in order to claim “further study is needed,” a phrase that means “please give us more money.” Evolutionist astronomers at University College London just released their findings that a planet they christened K2-18b has a substantial amount of water in its atmosphere. An approximated amount of water they claim could sustain life.
The water was detected after images from the Hubble Telescope taken in 2016 and 2017 were analyzed. K2-18b is outside of our solar system, an exoplanet, at a distance of 110 light years. Water gives off certain properties that make it detectable when several factors are taken into account, such as water’s wavelengths on the light spectrum. These scientists claim this is the first time a solid planet has been shown to have water, making it habitable by their estimations. All the other planets with atmospheric water thus far have been gas giants, according to them.
Astronomer Angelos Tsiaras who is part of this team has stated, “This is the only planet outside the solar system that has the correct temperature to support water and has an atmosphere that has water in it, making this planet the best candidate for habitability that we know right now.” K2-18b’s year is only 33 days and it orbits a red dwarf star that’s half the size of our sun. This “super-Earth” is twice the size of our planet and is eight times denser in its mass than ours.
Tsiaras, however, also noted in his statement that K2-18b “has a different atmospheric composition” than Earth. But after sifting through all the hype about the planet potentially supporting life, some scientists who have studied it give some sobering reasons why the planet may not be as habitable as Earth. One example is that Hubble is not advanced enough to gather information on molecules that aren’t water. Another drawback is that they really cannot detect what the surface of the planet is truly like–if it has land or if it has any oceans.
Every few months, astronomers make claims of finding habitable planets to bolster their unfounded theory that life on Earth began with, and/or evolved from, alien life on another planet. They have to come up with any idea they can to dismiss God as Creator and the truths about creation found in the Bible. So in 2014, they hyped up the planet Kepler-186f as Earth-like and life-sustaining. In 2015, it was planet Wolf 1061c that was given the same billing. In 2017, they kicked it up a notch by presenting not one, not two, but “10 new planets that could have life.” On and on the game goes.
That they are finding water throughout the examined parts of the universe is no surprise to anyone who has studied the Bible. In Genesis 1, it says God separated the waters in the firmament of Earth’s atmosphere from the waters above the firmament. Psalm 148:4 also calls for the “waters above the heavens” to praise the Lord, acknowledging prophetically that there is water in outer space. In 2017, I highlighted in this post why it is highly unlikely that the extraterrestrials evolutionists want so badly to exist probably don’t exist. Apart from that, all the conditions that must be in play simultaneously for life to even exist on Earth are so fine-tuned and minute that we can safely conclude Earth is the only planet God intended to be inhabited by humans, as I discussed in this previous post.
(Featured image: NGC 5307 Planetary Nebula by NASA.)