The British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking recently made news for his contention that the universe did not need God for its creation. In his new co-authored book, The Grand Design, Hawking wrote:
“Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather than nothing, why the Universe exists, why we exist. It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the Universe going.”
Really? So Hawking would have us think that the Ring Galaxy is a “spontaneous creation”:
The Ring Galaxy is considered unusual by astronomers (if anything in our awesome Universe can be considered unusual) in that it’s unclear whether it is one galaxy or two? Astronomer Art Hoag first asked this question when he chanced upon this unusual extragalactic object. On the outside is a ring dominated by bright blue stars, while near the center lies a ball of much redder stars that are likely much older. Between the two is a gap that appears almost completely dark. How Hoag’s Object formed remains unknown, but genesis hypotheses include a galaxy collision billions of years ago and the gravitational effect of a central bar that has since vanished. This image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in July 2001, reveals unprecedented details of Hoag’s Object and may yield a better understanding. Hoag’s Object spans about 100,000 light years and lies about 600 million light years away toward the constellation of the Snake (Serpens). Coincidentally, visible in the gap (at about one o’clock) is yet another ring galaxy that likely lies far in the distance. [NASA]
Stephen Hawking would also have us believe that the Hourglass Nebula is also a “spontaneous creation”:
The sands of time are running out for the central star of this the Hourglass Nebula. With its nuclear fuel exhausted, this brief, spectacular, closing phase of a sun-like star’s life occurs as its outer layers are ejected and its core becomes a cooling, fading white dwarf. In 1995, astronomers used the Hubble Space Telescope to make a series of images of planetary nebulae, including the one above. Here, delicate rings of colorful glowing gas (nitrogen-red, hydrogen-green, and oxygen-blue) outline the tenuous walls of the ‘hourglass.’ The unprecedented sharpness of Hubble’s images revealed surprising details of the nebula ejection process and may resolve the outstanding mystery of the variety of complex shapes and symmetries of planetary nebulae. [NASA]
These are only two spectacular images of the BILLIONS of stars, planets, constellations, and galaxies in the unimaginably VAST Universe. And to think that they, like us puny human creatures, are all just — POOF! — “spontaneous creations”! Truly there is nothing so arrogant as human beings….
H/t beloved fellow igor!