According to Hubble astronomer

Jennifer Lotz,

“I like to call it

cosmic dawn.

It’s when the lights are coming on.”

 

For more about this recent declaration at a presentation made at the American Astronomical Society convention in Washington, D. C., you need to use the DOOR…

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Few seem to be aware of the exciting new data gathered by the still-in-business Hubble Space Telescope that has now taken our eyes–but never the rest of our bodies–back 13,200,000,000 years.

(Usually we say “13.7 billion,” but I wanted you to encounter the zeros…)

In this post I want to give you verbatim the first part of a significant AP report by Seth Borenstein that appeared in the Jan. 8 issue of Florida Life Today. I find the information spellbinding. I’ll say more at the end.

“The Hubble Space Telescope has [now] peered back into a chaotic time 13.7 billion years ago when never-before-seen galaxies were tiny, bright blue and full of stars bursting to life all over the place.

“Thanks to some complex physics tricks, NASA’s aging telescope is just starting to see the universe at its infancy in living color and detail.

“Images realeased by NASA Tuesday [Jan. 7, 2014] show galaxies that are 20 times fainter than those pictured before. They are from a new campaign to have the 23-year-old Hubble gaze much earlier and farther away than it was designed to see.

“‘I like to call it cosmic dawn,’ Hubble astronomer Jennifer Lotz said at the American Astronomical Society convention in Washington. ‘It’s when the lights are coming on.’

“It was a time when star formation was ramping up, and it was far more hectic than now.

“‘Imagine if you went back 500 million years after the Big Bang and looked around in the sky,’ astronomer Garth Illingworth of the University of California Santa Cruz said. ‘Galaxies are closer. They’re smaller. They’re bright blue and they’re everywhere….There are probably blobby, small, nothing like our Milky Way.’

“There were probably no metals at this time, no Earths, said Illingworth, who was on the scientific team using Hubble….

“Most of the galaxies then were close to 1,000 times smaller than our Milky Way….

“These first pictures showed nearly 3000 galaxies.

“Because light travels nearly 6 trillion [6,000,000,000,000] miles a year, as telescopes look farther from Earth they see earlier into the past”¹.

Let me stop here and simply make 4 statements about time and “time travel.”

(1)  Whenever we look “far away,” we’re not looking at the actual objects “out there”–whether mountains or stars–we’re not seeing them as they are now, but as they were a split second or a few billion years ago. In other words, we’re looking at history.

(2)  When looking at what the Hubble sees, we’re quite sure we’re looking at “beginnings,” regardless of whatever religious beliefs a person may or may not have. The Hubble evidence pretty much rules out an “eternal” or “limitless” universe.

(3)  According to many scientists who are Christians, this sort of scientific evidence fits well with Biblical descriptions of origins.²

(4)  There’s no way to get our bodies to the edge, or end of the universe.

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¹ Some technical statements near the end of this article have been omitted. Info in brackets is our inclusion.

² This evidence does not declare that the God of the Bible started things off in the beginning, but it comfortably fits alongside with the idea that the God of the Bible did. However, if a person insists upon a “young earth interpretation”  (the universe is no older than 10,000 years), it presents a large amount of newly gathered information that somehow must be accounted for, or explained away.