Creation: Phoenix galaxy

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“Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.” -Isaiah 40:26

“Phoenix” galaxy

A newly discovered, yet unnamed star system, nicknamed Phoenix, is believed to be the largest galaxy in the Universe.

The AP reports, August 15, 2012, that astronomers spotted the galaxy, using NASA’s Chandra X-Ray telescope. They published their findings in an article in the journal Nature, coauthored by MIT’s Michael McDonald and Harvard University’s Ryan Foley:

  • The Phoenix galaxy produces 740 new stars each year, and more new stars a day than our Milky Way spawns in a year.
  • It is about 5.7 billion light years away from Earth.
  • The Phoenix galaxy is in the center of a cluster of galaxies that give off the brightest X-ray glow astronomers have ever seen.
  • One strange thing is that the galaxy, although it is quite mature at about 6 billion years old, doesn’t behave like a mature galaxy. McDonald explains that mature galaxies usually are “red and dead” because “they don’t do anything new.” But the Phoenix galaxy “seems to have come back to life for some reason,” which is why the team of 85 astronomers nicknamed it “phoenix,” after the mythological bird that rises from its ashes.

“Our” Milky Way galaxy



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0 responses to “Creation: Phoenix galaxy

  1. Wow! What a God we have! Makes our petty little problems seem insignificant!

  2. We’re getting the light from when it was relatively young. That light left the galaxy when it was 300,000,000 years old according to the article. What it’s doing now we have no idea since the light won’t get here for another 5.7 billion years.

  3. NASA publishes these photos as a matter of science, yet they serve to illustrate the divine and glorify the Creator!

  4. Dr. Eowyn thank you for this bit of fresh air!

  5. i saw this a couple of weeks ago i guess chandra picked up the x rays and an artist recreated the image the thing that got me was the amount and frequency of the creation of stars this is incredible

  6. Seems like God is expanding his Universe or Universes or Universii ALL BY HIMSELF. Seems like he doesn’t ask us for any help or expect it, just for us to be ready to notice what he created and worship him for his awesome power and great greatness. I pray that he will spare us again from the enemy, and allow us another chance to be all that we can be. Dear Lord God, Heavenly Father in the mighty name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, you are Lord of Lords, and King of Kings. Heaven and earth is full of your glory. Lead us not into temptation, but delivery us from evil. Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them that tresspass against us. For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever.


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