Every Tiny Speck of Light in this Image Is a Galaxy

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From the ESA/Herschel/SPIRE space science archive there is an extensive set of imaging data of the visible known universe as observed from the earth.  This article shows a zoomed-in view of about 8 percent of the entire photo width. Images like these demonstrate how incredibly small we are in the universe and allow astronomers to estimate, via extrapolation, the total number of galaxies across the entire observable Universe. A couple of years ago, astronomers came to the startling realization that the Universe contains up to 10 to 20 times more galaxies than previously thought. The current best guess is that the universe contains somewhere between one and two trillion galaxies. This means the universe is absolutely packed with stars, somewhere on the order of 700 sextillion stars — that’s seven followed by 23 zeros. This goes as a fantastic testimony of God in His creative power.  And this is just within the observable Universe. Anything beyond the cosmological horizon, the most distant light that reaches Earth, is still unknown to us, so it’s impossible to know the true figure. This demonstrates the absolute power of God in this creative ability.  The images of just the number of galaxies is mind-bogglingly!  We read in the Torah in the creation account in Bereshit / Genesis 1, it says

Bereshit / Genesis 1:1-5

א בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָרֶץ: ב וְהָאָרֶץ הָיְתָה תֹהוּ וָבֹהוּ וְחשֶׁךְ עַל-פְּנֵי תְהוֹם וְרוּחַ אֱלֹהִים מְרַחֶפֶת עַל-פְּנֵי הַמָּיִם: ג וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים יְהִי-אוֹר וַיְהִי-אוֹר: ד וַיַּרְא אֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאוֹר כִּי-טוֹב וַיַּבְדֵּל אֱלֹהִים בֵּין הָאוֹר וּבֵין הַחֹשֶׁךְ: ה וַיִּקְרָא אֱלֹהִים | לָאוֹר יוֹם וְלַחֹשֶׁךְ קָרָא לָיְלָה וַיְהִי-עֶרֶב וַיְהִי-בֹקֶר יוֹם אֶחָד:

1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 1:2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 1:3 Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. 1:4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 1:5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. (NASB)

The first of God’s creative tasks was to create light.  This occurred before the creation of the sun, moon, and stars.  What this reveals to us is the first thing the Lord God Almighty did was to create righteousness (light) a direct manifestation of His glory and Righteousness.  The creation of righteousness teaches us something of God’s character and ultimately of His plan.  God’s purpose in giving the Torah was so that, in the end, mercy would reign.  The creation of light teaches us that God has planned these things before the creation of the world.  The infinite reality of Gods glory is illustrated for us in the creation and the vastness of the universe, and presents us with two infinite realities that are needed to explain to us the sense and magnitude of God’s way of salvation.  God’s mercy, forgiveness, and salvation is designed to draw us to Himself.   God’s aim in the work of redemption is the triumph of mercy (חסד) over sin and death unto eternal life through His Messiah Yeshua. The “eternal” refers to life that never ends, the infinite life that has no end which is illustrated by the fantastic testimony we are given according to His Word!

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Duane D. Miller received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from The University of Akron Ohio. He is currently a Chemical Engineering Researcher. Duane’s research expertise has focused upon functional materials development for the control, conversion, and release of process gases in Energy production technologies. His R&D interests include computational chemistry, developing novel technologies for converting biomass to fuels and studying their fundamental interactions during the chemical conversion process. His past experience includes sorbent development for pre- and post-combustion CO2 and SO2 capture, selective absorption of H2S from methane streams, O2 capture for oxy-fuel combustion, photocatalytic reduction of alcohols, NOx reduction catalysis, the development of oxygen carriers to combust fossil fuels (CH4 and coal) for the chemical looping combustion processes, and the extraction of rare earth elements using patent pending sorbents. His research expertise has focused on operando-characterization using Infrared, Raman, and UV-Vis spectroscopy to observe the nature of the catalytic active sites and reaction intermediates under realistic reaction conditions, allowing direct correlation of molecular/electronic structures with catalyst performance during Gas-Solid / Liquid-Solid Adsorption and Photocatalytic Processes with real time online analysis of reaction products using ICP-MS and mass spectrometry. His current work involves a multi-disciplinary approach to developing, understanding, and improving the catalytic gasification of coal and methane, high temperature chemical looping combustion, and the catalytic decomposition and gasification of biomass and coal using novel microwave reactor.​ He has been studying the Hebrew Scriptures and the Torah for 20+ years and sharing what he has learned. The studies developed for MATSATI.COM are freely to be used by everyone, to God be the Glory!