Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Christian cosmology

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Hubble deep field image

I help maintain my church website, and like many such sites it has the option for one or more internal blogs. I recently created a blog called Christian Cosmology and added a link to it on my list of links in the sidebar.

The image above is from the Wikipedia article on cosmology, and it is the Hubble Extreme Deep Field (XDF) completed in September 2012. It shows the farthest galaxies ever photographed by humans, some of them as old as 13.2 billion years. We are told that all of the 200 billion galaxies in the universe are roughly the same size, so in the XDF image, the smallest dot of light represents one of the farthest-off galaxies. The larger objects looking like typical galaxies are the nearest to earth. The Hubblesite news release has some other interesting facts about the XDF image. The XDF is a small fraction of the angular diameter of the full Moon. The Hubble Ultra Deep Field is an image of a small area of space in the constellation Fornax.

Dave

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5 Responses to “Christian cosmology”
  1. Linda says:

    No words to express the wonder of that little nugget of information! Awesome is overused today, so cool is very lame, how about supercalifragilisticexpialidocious?
    Here’s my little nugget gleaned from google… I think Mary Poppins was on to something!

    The roots of the word have been defined[3] as follows: super- “above”, cali- “beauty”, fragilistic- “delicate”, expiali- “to atone”, and docious- “educable”, with the sum of these parts signifying roughly “Atoning for educability through delicate beauty.”
    According to the film, it is defined as “something to say when you have nothing to say”.

  2. Dave says:

    I’m having a little trouble parsing your comment, Linda. May I assume the “nugget of information” to which you refer is the Hubble XDF?

    I wonder sometimes if our God-given minds are deliberately programmed to poop out on us just as we approach full understanding? And what might this reveal to us about the nature of God?

  3. Leslie says:

    Ha ha – Linda’s comment made perfect sense to me – I hear that word in Katie’s Mary Poppin’s movie quite often! Good one Linda. I just know that Dad’s image is “pretty”.

  4. Dave says:

    Well, have your fun, ladies. I won’t even ask about the “pretty” image.

  5. Linda says:

    Thanks Leslie… I thought I was being my usual perfectly clear self! Ha!

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