Infinity in Space

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The word “infinity” means without bound or end.
In ancient cosmologies, the sky was perceived as a solid dome or firmament. In 1584, Bruno proposed an unbounded or infinite universe in which innumerable suns exist, around which revolve innumerable earths.
Today, the prevailing cosmological theory is the Big Bang theory, which posits that the universe expanded (the big bang) from an extremely dense and hot state and continues to expand today. Some cosmologists maintain that at some point the expansion will stop and the universe will begin to contract (the Big Crunch) and eventually collapse upon itself. Then there’ll be another big bang, and so the cycle begins anew. Infinitely.
Other cosmologists say the universe will just continue to expand, forever (which means infinitely). As the distance between stars grows, they dim and grow cold. Eventually, all life ends.
The symbol for infinity is ∞ , also called the lemniscate, from the Latin lemniscus, meaning “ribbon”.

Isn’t it fascinating that recently, the Herschel Space Observatory has revealed for the first time the entirety of a cold dusty gas ring near the center of the Milky Way.
The icy gas formation is 600 light-years away and previously only a few portions could be seen. But Herschel enabled scientists to see the whole ring by detecting sub-millimeter light, which shines through the dust that is obscuring parts of the Milky Way.
What surprised the astronomers is that the ring looks like an infinity symbol and is torqued at the center, giving it a two-lobed appearance.

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  1. “I believe in the Big Bang Theory. God said, ‘Let there be light.’ BANG! There was light.” ~Bumper sticker I saw years ago and never forgot.
    There is so much to learn. I love it when God tweaks the scientists, at least, that’s how I look at it. There’s a whole universe to explore, and God seems to say, “Come play, and see the wonders I created.”
    Thanks, Eowyn, for starting my Sabbath with God’s creation.

    • lowtechgrannie

      Judy, I agree. In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God and the Word was God.
      Without the light He spoke into existence, there would never have been any interest in the sky, let alone the universe. Without light, astronomy has no reason.

  2. Beautiful 🙂

  3. If God always existed, why did He have to create the world and man at a certain point in time? Remember, maybe time means nothing to God, but, man has history which is time!

    • God created time during creation week “and the evening and the morning were the first day.” Time was created for us, in our limited capacity to live by, and as Job learned the hard way,
      Job 42:5-6
      King James Version (KJV)
      5 I have heard of Thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth Thee.
      6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.
      Isaiah 40:21-26
      King James Version (KJV)
      21 Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?
      22 It is He that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; That stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:
      23 That bringeth the princes to nothing; He maketh the judges of the earth as vanity.
      24 Yea, they shall not be planted; yea, they shall not be sown: yea, their stock shall not take root in the earth: and He shall also blow upon them, and they shall wither, and the whirlwind shall take them away as stubble.
      25 To whom then will ye liken Me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One.
      26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold Who hath created these things, That bringeth out their host by number: He calleth them all by names by the greatness of His might, for that He is strong in power; not one faileth.


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