The Heavens Proclaim the Glory of God
The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known.
In 1996, astronomers in charge of the Hubble Telescope allowed their curiosity to take a risk. Aiming the lens of the space telescope at a piece of sky that looked utterly empty and dark, they opened the shutter. This dark patch near the Big Dipper was the size of a grain of sand when held at arm’s length. Leaving the shutter open for 10 full days, photons from the distance began to impact the telescope. When the shutter was closed and the images processed, light from over 3000 galaxies could be distinguished and filled with stars.
In 2004, the scientists did it again, aiming at a dark patch near the constellation Orion. They called it the “Ultra Deep Field,” and were looking to capture an image of galaxies even farther away. For 11 days and 400 orbits around the earth, they left the telescope trained on this area. On September 25, 2012, after 8 years of compiling the data, NASA released a further refined version of the Ultra Deep Field. The image contains an estimated 10,000 galaxies. Galaxies. 10,000 of them. Full of stars. Coming from a small speck of what to the naked eye is just darkness, we can see deeper into space than ever before. These scientists pointed the most powerful telescope ever made at what seemed to be absolutely nothing and gave us a most breathtaking and humbling perspective on the majesty of our Creator.
I encourage you to take a brief internet journey, viewing those images and worshipping the One who created all things for His pleasure. Particularly, take a look at the video near the end of this link:
Thank Him for giving our generation the technology to go deeper still and behold the glory of His handiwork. Like me, you may be compelled by this discovery to wonder with the Psalmist:
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?