MyNews24 is a user-generated section of The stories here come from users.

Comments: 129
Article views: 1431
Latest Badges:

View all sean's badges.

This article has been selected as an Editor’s Choice report. Articles are selected based on quality of writing, audience response, newsworthiness and originality, and is at the discretion of the MyNews24 editors.

Wonderful Solar System-How did it come about?

16 May 2012, 12:10

It took both astonishing intellect and resolute characters in the fields of optics and astronomy to unlock the many secrets of our Solar System. In a nutshell our solar system is situated between two of the Milky Way's spiral arms in an area,when compared to others,have relatively few number of stars in it. However the stars we happen to see when looking into the night sky are so far away from us that they are mere points when viewed through the largest telescope on earth,the LBT.

What though if our solar system was just a tiny bit closer to the centre of the Milky Way than it is at the moment then what? What then?Astronomists say that we would suffer harmful effects of being located amongst a dense concentration of stars. They also say that the Earth's orbit would be perturbed dramatically and that would be harming all life on earth. As it is,the solar system is just at the right position in the galaxy to avoid affecting our life.

Dangers to planet earth,had it not been so would be things such as,overheating when it passes through gas clouds,being expose to exploding stars and various kinds of deadly radiations.

The Sun...

This is an ideal star in our solar system. It is a steady burning,long living not too small,not too big and not too hot star that serve or needs. There are many more stars in our solar system and yet when compared to the SUN they don't provide the right kind of light,not the right amount of heat to sustain life on planet earth and are so much smaller when compared to the sun.

These smaller stars are also gravitationally bound to each other and revolve around one another. Our Sun is totally independent of that by contrast. If for some reason it wasn't the case and we had these other stars as our sun,then the likelihood of our solar system remaining stable when contending with gravitational forces would be virtually impossible.

The location of the Outer Planets is unique...

We have 4 giant outer planets in our solar system,Jupiter,Uranus,Neptune and Saturn. Yet these planets almost have circular orbits and still poses no gravitational threats to the smaller inner terrestrial planets whatsoever. We know that these outer planets play an important role in acting as protective absorbing and deflecting "tools" when dangerous objects passes through our solar system.

Scientists Peter D. Ward and Donald Brownlee wrote in their book Rare Earth—Why Complex Life Is Uncommon in the Universe:"Asteroids and comets hit us but not excessively so, thanks to the presence of giant gas planets such as Jupiter beyond us."

The Moon...

So much more than an object of attraction to poets and musicians,our Moon's gravitational pull causes the ebb and flow of tides. Its tidal movements that is fundamental to ocean currents which in turn are vital to our weather patterns. The gravitational force of the moon stabilizes the earth's axis in relation to the earth's plane of orbit around the sun.

Scientific magazine Nature wrote:"Without the moon, the inclination of earth’s axis would wobble over long periods of time from nearly 0 degrees to 85 degrees."

Astronomer Jacques Laskar says:"We owe our present climate stability to an exceptional event: the presence of the Moon. Imagine if earth’s axis had no tilt! We would miss the delightful change of seasons and suffer from a shortage of rain. The earth’s tilt also prevents temperatures from becoming too extreme for us to survive. To fulfil its stabilizing role, our moon is large and relatively larger than the moons of the giant planets."

How did all of this happen? By mere chance or by a Creator with a purpose? Are what's mentioned in this article merely a casual product of aimless chance or is there an intelligent and deliberate purpose behind it all? You be the judge of that. 

Sir Isaac Newton(1642-1727)said:"The most beautiful system of the sun, planets, and comets, could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being."

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)said:"I want to know how God created this world, I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know His thoughts, the rest are details. God does not play dice. Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind."

Remember there are really only two alternatives when deciding which is which. Some would reserve their judgement on that 


1.The Galileo Project | Science |

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Essop Moola
Freeze - May I search you?

Can you legally refuse to be searched and if so when? Read more...

0 comments 4708 views
Submitted by
Lerato Kasa
Can Hlaudi Motsoeneng continue to...

All the efforts of undermining the public protector Ms Thuli Madonsela by the SABC Chief Operating Officer Mr Hlaudi Motsoeneng has proven that he is not alone in such a bid.  Read more...

0 comments 1056 views
Submitted by
SA riders vs drivers: Biggest pet...

From ‘slapping side-mirrors’ to ‘changing lanes without indicating’, Wheels24 users share their biggest pet peeves about motorcyclists and car drivers in South Africa. Read more...

14 comments 8186 views
Submitted by
The problem with defining people ...

A while ago there was a spate of articles about white privilege that I really wanted to respond to but business being what it is I simply didn't get the time. However considering the racial nature that many of the discussions on all social media platforms soon descends to the topic is as relevant as ever. Read more...

0 comments 489 views
Submitted by
Yolanda Mtintsilana
I am a happy feminist

I am a happy feminist and I do not want a head in my house but two hands that are going work together to build a home.  Read more...

0 comments 760 views
Submitted by
Bobby Shabangu
Let's talk about Gaddafi

What crimes did Muammar Gaddafi actually commit? 

0 comments 1210 views


E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on Android Get the latest from News24 on your Android device.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

TV Get us in your home, on your television.

Interactive Advertising Bureau
© 2015 All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.