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      How many planets are “out there” in our universe. We mentioned a number,

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1900,

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 in a very recent post (#637) that seems pretty out of date…

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   We’ll now give another number and explain why…

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But for that you’ll have to use the DOOR.

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   How about

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3000  ?

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   There are 2 reasons for this:

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   (1)  There are several ways to suggest, or strongly argue for, the existence of planets using scientific methods, mainly by using powerful telescopes and analyzing the light that can be seen through them. I’ll spare you the details, except for this: Different lists made by different astronomy groups give different “weights” to different real, defendable findings. Of the recent discoveries, “3000” is sort of an average.

   But we’re talking about thousands of planets.

   (2)  Time passes and my last planet post used an old source that was published way back in 2015. A lot of exoplanet stuff has been trickling in since then. The number of new findings just keeps on coming in.

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   Here’s what I said in my last planet post:

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–In 1994, we had no evidence for any planets beyond our solar system.

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–In 1995, we discovered our 1st exoplanet¹.

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–By March 2015, more than 1900 exoplanets had been confirmed.

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   So why do we say about “3000”?  You can do some homework for yourself: Just google “exoplanets” and step back and look at the information. Step way back. Don’t get bewildered by the technical minutiae. When we think about planets (in March 2017) this is sort of an average. We’re pondering the possibility of thousands of them, not just 8 or 9 of them as we used to 20 years ago.

   Now as for the possibility of life out there, well, that’s a complex question.

   For Christians, I’m convinced of that the Bible is silent about all–except that God made everything. (My upcoming novel, The Blood of Three Worlds, wrestles with this possibility from a Christian point of view.)