Saturday, 14 October 2017
Dwarf Planet Hammea Has a Ring That Suggests Young Age
No one expected that a dwarf planet orbiting the sun some 2 billion kilometres beyond Pluto would have a ring.
Somewhat smaller than Pluto, Hammea is egg-shaped and it also has two small moons.
Astronomers know that at least one other dwarf planet has a ring.
Recent obsevations suggest that Hammea's ring is 70 kilometres wide and roughly 2290 kilometres from its centre.
If the solar system really were 4.5 billion years old, we would not expect to see any rings circling any planet, regardless of whether it is giant or small. Thus, secularists have had to invent a planet or other object that crashed into Hammea, creating the ring.
No, but as naturalism is the only gane in town (or the universe), design (not to mention creation) is strictlty verboten, at least until it becomes too obvious to reject.
Ken Croswell, Ken. 2017. Distant dwarf planet near Pluto has a ring that no one expected New Scientist (11 October).