Message of Encouragement: 50 Million Light Years Away
Everyone needs encouragement. I was planning something else for today’s post, but this piece came across my news feeds. The only way I can begin to describe it is:
It will blow your mind!
NASA’s Hubble Telescope has yielded some stunning images of the Sombrero Galaxy. There is a detailed article (with images) from Gizmod0 at the bottom of this post. The Hubble pictures are an awesome illustration of Biblical truth. I’ll give you a specific Scripture reference, but that truth is simply this:
God is Real! And He is still in charge.
That should provide encouragement to every believer. We can stand tall and walk intently on our faith journey. And now, for the Scripture you probably know (then see the Gizmodo article):
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims the work of His hands. Day after day they pour out speech; night after night they communicate knowledge. There is no speech; there are no words; their voice is not heard. Their message has gone out to all the earth and their words to the ends of the world…. Psalm 19:1-4a
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. His awesome handiwork communicates without word or error across space and time! It’s His message of encouragement for you today!
Soli Deo Gloria!
The Sombrero Galaxy is 50 million light years away, but it looks much closer in this detailed image from the Hubble Space Telescope.
We see the flattened disc of the Sombrero Galaxy nearly edge-on, and it’s ringed with dark lanes of dust and young, bright stars.
The galaxy’s large central bulge is home to older stars, including many globular clusters (round groups of several stars), which you can see in this Hubble image if you zoom in and look closely. Like most galaxies, the Sombrero probably has a large black hole at its heart.
This image is so detailed, you can see other galaxies in the background.
Think about this for a minute: Each of those tiny little specks of light in the Sombrero Galaxy is a star, on roughly the same scale as our Sun. Each of those little galaxies in the background of this image is roughly on the same scale as the Sombrero Galaxy, so think about how far away they have to be in order to appear so small in the background. Space is huge, and this image illustrates that beautifully.
Zoom in on the original image and scroll around to see more distant galaxies. You can’t see them in as much detail as the Sombrero, of course, but what you can see is pretty cool.
See if you can find this cool double spiral near the bottom of the image.
This Hubble image is stunning, but you can also see the Sombrero Galaxy with a much smaller telescope. Just look near the constellation of Virgo in the night sky.