Why the Search for Exoplanets Should Be Encouraged


The news of several Earth-sized planets orbiting a small, dim star called TRAPPIST-1 fell like a bombshell this past few days. The announcement was well orchestrated, complete with a 360 image of an exoplanet’s surface, a more mundane image of the same, a little video, and even a travel poster. It was admittedly overkill, but even Google got involved with an exclusive Google doodle. Why? Because exoplanets are cool!

I found out about it within an hour of the announcement but I wanted to see how my fellow creationists would react before I posted about it. Thus far, there hasn’t been much.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a Biblical young earth creationist who happens to believe in the possibility of extraterrestrial life. This position has made me an instant outsider. I’ve been banned from several creationist sites simply for voicing the obvious truth that we shouldn’t be…

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