Dust Rings and Planet Origins

Secular astronomers are excited about exoplanet PDS 70b, which they say is a "newborn" planet. This is because they are basing all their calculations and interpretations on naturalistic presuppositions. One of these is accretion. Since none of the planetary origins ideas are effective, accretion (planetesimals stick together because of gravity and form big planets) is the best of the worst, and therefore the most popular. (After all, it is anathema to admit that the evidence favors recent creation.) The dust ring supposedly formed a planet around PDS 70, which was romantically named PDS 70b.

Secular astronomers claim to have discovered a "newborn" planet.
Credit: ESO / A. Müller, et al
The black spot is where the star was hidden, and the planet is just to the right
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The biggest problem with secular planet origins speculations is that they defy the laws of physics. In this case, we have dust and rings and stuff. Add the deep time guesswork, subtract observable evidence (no one really saw a planet, or a star, form), faith in cosmic evolution as the lodestar, and you have "science". If you ponder it a spell, you might reckon that even if a planet was seen forming, that would not mean that there is no Creator. Indeed, it could more reasonably mean that this stuff, which is far less complex than any life form, was doing what it was designed to do.
Astronomers at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Heidelberg, Germany, are claiming to have captured a spectacular snapshot of planetary formation around a young dwarf star. They did this using the SPHERE instrument on the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. They found evidence of a giant gas planet with a mass a few times that of Jupiter near the orange dwarf star PDS 70, some 370 light-years from Earth. 
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The planetary companion to this star was found within an inner gap of what astronomers have termed a ‘protoplanetary disk’. Protoplanetary disks are believed to form from the leftovers of the molecular cloud that supposedly collapsed to form the star. But in this case, there is a gap between the dust and the star, making it look more like a donut than a disk. The doughnut-hole gap is called a transition disk because it is considered to be in transition from a formerly solid disk to a stellar planetary system, and large gaps have presumably begun to form.
To read the entire article, click on "Conclusive evidence that dust rings around some stars grow into planets?"

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