The Joys of a Youthful Dwarf Planet

When a woman is pregnant she can feel the energy of the child from the womb when born and growing up, children display a lot of energy because of their youth. In space exploration, we can expect to see an active solar system because it’s not billions of years old. If the solar system was billions of years old, activity on Pluto, for example, would be completely dead by now. 

Back in 2007, the Dawn space probe was launched by NASA with a mission to study three dwarf planets but later on, NASA decided to narrow it down to just two. Since then, the mission has completely contradicted billions of years old which have shocked some planetary scientists who are working on the mission. 

“Changes in the abundance of water ice on a short timescale, as well as the presence of hydrated sodium carbonates, are further evidence that Ceres is a geologically and chemically active body,” said Cristina De Sanctis, VIR team leader at the Institute of Astrophysics and Planetary Science.” 

Ceres Dwarf Planet

What scientists have discovered was rapid geological changes and these rapid geological changes did not happen 100 years ago, nor 5 years ago nor 1 year ago, rather the space probe was able to detect the changes within 6 months! Do you know how cold it is in space? Do you know how long your coffee would stay warm if let it sit outside in freezing weather? Not long, right?

Now think of Ceres which is basically an asteroid which is smaller than Pluto, sitting out there in space which is very cold. One would think after billions of years that Ceres would be frozen out by now with no activity, right? Of course! Just like the coffee in freezing weather, there would be no reason to assume that the coffee would stay warm for many years after being exposed to cold weather for that long! Those who believe in the billions of years age would assume that as well and rightly so. But their assumptions about how old the solar system is, are in direct conflict with what is really going on in the solar system! 

So how did the scientists maintain the billions of years with Ceres? The answer, they didn’t, however, they came up with some imaginary estimates based on millions of years instead which falls way short of the billions of years in which they believe.  

But it’s not in conflict with creationism, rather it confirms it!  



Astrobiology A Creative Array Of Stories Considered Science

Many have speculated for centuries about the possibility of extraterrestrial life, some of which in our own solar system has become one, what shall I say, imaginative fields in evolutionary science. It takes the term “creative science” to a whole new level.

One of the more recent stories to surface is about Ceres or should I say something more like Ceres. This icy asteroid has had been a subject for debate. First, it was assumed to be a dwarf planet, then it was reduced to a asteroid but in 2006 as debate about Pluto being a planet was being discussed,  the International Astronomical Union, declared it’s now  a dwarf planet. The spacecraft DAWN is heading out there to Ceres and will arrive around 2015.

Now the recent proposal and I use term this loosely in this situation which states the origin of life on Earth came from Ceres. Mind boggling isn’t it? How did Ceres manage to get to Earth? Well according to the story, small asteroids like Ceres manage to survive this massive bombardment where life was able to begin there. Then parts of rocks somehow blasted away traveling into our solar system where it encountered Earth which was ready to receive life.  Are all organisms on Earth, including humans, descendants of Ceres? Sounds like a science fiction novel, doesn’t it? Indeed it does!

Joop Houtkooper from the University of Giessen was the one who first proposed radical hypothesis (story) admits the concept is very difficult to prove and yes he believes also his so-called proposed hypothesis does in fact sound like science fiction.

But what does this really tell us? It tells us, that if you come up with one of the strangest stories one has ever heard, while walking hand in hand with evolution and call yourself an astrobiologist, the likes of will most likely publish it.

Storytelling is not science by any means even though science can be “creative” at times, but when it comes to searching for origins of life, it’s no longer just a creative craft, it’s science fiction.