Exploring “God ALL- MIGHTY”. A moment of reflection on your Journey to More:

Facts about our universe and our earth-home: (Read: Psalm 8:3-9; 19:1-4; 33:6; Isaiah 40:25-26, 28)

• Light travels at 186,000 MPS.
• In one year light will travel about 6 trillion miles.
• Some galaxies of stars are over 15 Billion miles away from earth. \
• An average galaxy contains over 200 Billion stars.
• There are more than 100 Billion galaxies in known space.

We live in a solar system called the Milky Way that contains 1 light source called the sun, over 200,000 billion stars, and 9 planets.  The Milky Way is a spiral galaxy, and the sun is located about 30,000 light-years from the Milky Way’s nucleus on the Orion arm, and is held together by “gravity” (aka, ‘God’s power’).  Just as the planets orbit around the sun, the sun orbits around the center of the Milky Way.  A journey around just our Milky Way would take about 200 thousand light-years (200,000 x 6 Trillion miles).  And, only 70 +- years ago, more powerful telescopes brought the startling revelation that the Milky Way was only one galaxy among billions of other galaxies.

We live on a planet called Earth. 
• The earth is tilted at 23.4 degrees.
• It spins counter-clockwise, and makes one complete rotation  every 24 hours.
• Our earth makes one complete rotation around the Sun every 365.26 days. 
• Our moon orbits the earth counter-clockwise every 27.32 days. 
• Our earth is 93,000,000 miles from the Sun.

Our Sun is among the top 10% in size of known stars in the universe.
• It is made up of 70% hydrogen and 28% helium. 
• It converts hydrogen to helium at its core and emits less light each year. 
• It is estimated that the sun will run out of light in about 4 billion years.     

Before we consider the vastness of our universe, let’s try to get our hands around just our solar system…a tiny fraction of the universe above us.  Because it’s impossible to grasp the astounding distance about us, we need analogies, simple comparisons to assist us.  Hold on as we take a quick trip to the regions beyond.

If it were possible to travel the speed of light (186,000 MPS), you could arrive at the moon in 1 1/3 seconds.  But continuing that same speed do you know how long it would take you to reach the CLOSEST star?  FOUR years.  Now that’s a good use of the word “Awesome”.

If you’ve ever visited New York City’s Hayden Planetarium, you’ve seen that miniature replica of our solar system showing the speeds and sizes of our planets.  What is interesting is that the three outer planets are not included.  There wasn’t room for Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto.  Uranus would be in the planetarium’s outer corridor, Neptune would be around Eight Avenue.  And Pluto?  Another three long avenues away---Fifth Avenue.  By the way, no stars are included for obvious reasons.  Can you imagine (on the same scale) where the nearest star would be located?  Cleveland, Ohio.  Unbelievable!  And remember, that’s just our local galaxy.

A scientist once suggested another interesting analogy.  To grasp the scene, imagine a perfectly smooth glass pavement on which the finest speck can be seen.  Then shrink our sun from 865,000 miles in diameter to only two feet…and place that ball on the pavement to represent the sun.

Step off 82 paces (about two feet per pace) and to represent proportionately the first planet, Mercury, put down a tiny mustard seed.

Take 60 steps more and for Venus, put down an ordinary beebee.

Mark 78 more steps…put down a green pea representing earth. 

Step off 108 paces from there, and for Mars, put down a pinhead.

Sprinkle some fine dust for asteroids, then take 788 steps more.  For Jupiter, place an orange on the glass at that spot.

After 934 more steps, put down a golf ball for Saturn.

Now it gets really involved.  Mark 2,086 steps more, and for Uranus…a marble.

Another 2,322 steps from there you arrive at Neptune.  Let a cherry represent Neptune.

This will take 2 ½ miles, and we haven’t even discussed Pluto!  If we swing completely around, we have a smooth glass surface 5 miles in diameter, yet just a tiny fraction of heavens—excluding Pluto.  On this surface, 5 miles across, we have only a seed, bee-bee, pea, pinhead, some dust, an orange, golf ball, a marble, and a cherry.  Guess how far we would have to go on the same scale before we could put down another tow-foot ball to represent the nearest star.  Come on, guess.  Seven hundred paces?   Two thousand steps more?  Forty-four hundred feet?  No, you’re way off.

We’d have to go 6,720 miles before we could arrive at that star.  Miles, not feet.  And that’s just the first star among billions.  In one galaxy among billions, all in perpetual motion…perfectly synchronized…the most accurate timepiece known to man.  Phenomenal isn’t the word for it.

All this can ONLY be explained by words like GOD and ALL-MIGHTY.



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