EUROPE - Uncovers the Secrets of a Planetary System

Arno Froese

A European Space Agency exoplanet chaser, Cheops, has unlocked the mystery behind a system of six exoplanets that has bewildered scientists for years.

Investigators had been looking at a star about 100 light-years away and noticed dips in its brightness that indicated the existence of two planets.

But it was the Cheops (CHaracterising ExOPlanet Satellite) satellite that provided the key data to show there are in fact six planets in the system.

An orbital resonance is when two or more planets orbit their star in relation to one another, causing their relationship to be affected by gravitational influences. This happens because when planets are in orbital resonance, they cause a gravitational force over each other and influence how they orbit their sun.

“Cheops gave us this resonant configuration that allowed us to predict all the other periods. Without that detection from Cheops, it would have been impossible,” said Rafael Luque of the University of Chicago in a press release.

As mentioned above, orbital resonance can be disturbed. So finding this “pristine configuration” makes HD110067 a special discovery, said Rafael: “We think only about one percent of all systems stay in resonance. [This] shows us the pristine configuration of a planetary system that has survived untouched”—untouched for about a billion years.

-www.dw.com, 29 November 2023

Arno's Commentary

For those who believe in and occupy themselves with space exploration, there seems to be no end in sight to “new discoveries.” We may add, there won’t be! Space is infinite; stars and planets are without number. Albeit fascinating, we can rely on the simple foundation of God’s Word. Isaiah 40:26 declares: “Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.” Infinite deity is confirmed in Psalm 147:4: “He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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