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June 6, 2010 / theoldsilly

A Sabbath Post – How Great Thou Art!

I saw something the other day that really put “things” in perspective … a visual comparison of the relative size and magnitude of celestial bodies and the vastness of space, of creation. As you go through this post, be amazed, be inspired, be in awe of the universe, it’s creator, and realize how small our little lives and problems are. Enjoy, contemplate, meditate … on this.

This is earth, our home planet, what was at one time considered by humanity to be the center of and most privilaged place in the universe, compared in size to the other planets in our solar system of lesser size.

Big shots aren’t we? But now let’s take a look at the rest of the planets in our solar system.

Not exactly the biggest kid on the block, our earth. And here is our sun, shown in comparison scale to its planets

Feeling small yet? This gets real ridiculous really fast. Big as our sun is, take a look at it compared to Arcturus, the brightest star in the constellation Boötes.

Notice that on this scale, earth is now invisible. And as mammoth as Arcturus is, compare it now to Betelgeuse, or even the larger Antares–the 15th brightest star in our night-sky view. Observe also that on this scale, our own sun is now completely invisible.

Now just imagine, if you will and can, these amounts of quantities and sizes of cellestial bodies–billions of them–in our galaxy alone … and then let your head spin as you look deep into space through the eyeglass of the Hubble Telescope at the billions of other galaxies out there. In this photo, each of the colorful oblong, circular, glowing spots is an entire other galaxy.

Truly amazing, awe-inspiring, and humbling. And yet, while we may not be living in the “center” of the universe, the One God, the I Am that I Am created us in It’s image, imbued and endowed with the All, the ever present here and now in which all things, past, present, and future are here, there, and everywhere all at once and for eternity.

Just a little Sabbath post to evoke some worshipful, grateful, and inspirational meditation for y’all. Have a wonderful and blessed day, blog back in tomorrow, the Old Silly has a special guest feature post to share. Chow.

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  1. Ron Berry / Jun 6 2010 6:50 am

    Let me ask three simple questions.

    In space there is one atom per cubic meter of space. That leaves a lot of room for quarks, subatomic particles and dark matter. That also leaves a lot of nothing.

    1. How would one describe, in detail, this ‘nothing’?

    Blow up a balloon. The inside of it is the universe.
    2. What is on the outside? There must be something because the universe is expanding, but into what?
    3. What material is the very edge of the universe?

  2. Stanley Berber / Jun 6 2010 7:26 am

    Staggering indeed. It is mind-boggling. And I’m not gonna even TOUCH Ron’s questions, lol.

  3. Cactus Annie / Jun 6 2010 7:43 am

    Wow – just wow – I can’t imagine anyone looking at all this greatness and not believing in God. How powerful! Great Sabbath post, Old Silly! 🙂

  4. Mason Canyon / Jun 6 2010 9:38 am

    Definitely something to ponder. Very powerful.

    Thoughts in Progress

  5. Terri Dryden / Jun 6 2010 9:46 am

    Now then!!! Enough said.

  6. Kissie / Jun 6 2010 10:34 am

    Ron Berry is too deep for me…..I’ll let you tackle that one.

    Ciao or Chow?

    Anyhowzit, as I told you – when I see something like this, I’m just amazed at how much my Creator loves little ol’ me.

    Thanks for this one, MD.

  7. Arlee Bird / Jun 6 2010 10:53 am

    Indeed awesome. Puts things into perspective somewhat, but for us does it really. This is too big for me to really think about and get any clear grasp.

    Tossing It Out

  8. Patricia Stoltey / Jun 6 2010 11:27 am

    I just finished watching “Into the Universe” with Stephen Hawking. Talk about being overwhelmed…it’s an incredible program. Reconciling all that information with the existence of God is something we have to do on our own, because Hawking throws out the possibility that we humans are simply a meaningless accident. Still, it’s an amazing show.

  9. ReformingGeek / Jun 6 2010 1:08 pm

    What? The universe isn’t centered around me?

    Ah, shucks.



  10. Alex J. Cavanaugh / Jun 6 2010 1:15 pm

    He made a special place just for us, regardless of the size.

    And hadn’t realized Earth was that much bigger than Mars. What are we worried about? We could easily kick the Martian’s butts!

  11. L. Diane Wolfe / Jun 6 2010 1:32 pm

    I feel so tiny…

  12. Connie Arnold / Jun 6 2010 2:45 pm

    It truly is mind-boggling and awe-inspiring! Definitely some good material for encouraging worship, thanksgiving and meditation!

  13. Rayna / Jun 7 2010 12:27 am

    In one post, you have summed up my religion. I variously described myself as atheist, agnostic, anti-religious, etc, etc till that day in the Physics Lab when I was doing something with an atomic spectrum, and was suddenly hit with the realisation that the Universe was greater than anything I ever imagined, and since I was an intrinsic part of the Universe, I was at the same time greater than I imagined, and yet more insignificant than I ever imagined. That was the day I discovered Religion!

  14. Leeuna / Jun 7 2010 10:08 am

    A beautiful post, Marvin. Very humbling and inspiring.

  15. yvonne lewis / Jun 8 2010 6:27 am

    A most enjoyable lesson into the planets, I was staggered as I read and looked at your post.

    Excellent Marvin and interesting.


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