Empty space and galaxy near and far, or how long did it take for our universe to form?

Posted: August 22, 2012 in Christian
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Is space empty? When I went to school many decades ago we were taught that for the most part, space was empty. However in the last few decades the concept of the universe being full of dark matter has been bandied about. Why? There is simply too much stuff going on, energy-wise, in our universe for the viewable and/or measurable amount of matter to have enough mass to be the cause of it all, mathematics and physics have shown.

In fact when they crunch the numbers, it seems they are missing a little matter…more than a little? OK, they are missing some matter…no…even more? Actually, calculations determine they are missing almost 90% of the matter of the universe and they can’t find it, it seems…it apparently is hiding somewhere, so they came up with the tag of ‘dark matter’. One popular example of this concept is something called ‘zero point energy‘ and the consternation the discrepancies in the math cause scientist has been labeled the cosmological constant problem.

We learned all about thermodynamics in school (whether we actually realize it or not). Thermodynamics is the concept that matter gives off heat to the background creating energy in exchange. If there is no potential difference in temperature between an object and the background, there is no heat transference in the form of energy and no work can be performed…in other words, all work results in heat being dissipated, or given off to the surrounding, or background.

The ambient temperature of space is very, very cold while matter that resides within the universe has different levels of heat that they give off to the ’empty’ space background. That cold background temperature is called ‘absolute zero’, somewhere around -460of. That is as measurably cold as you can get…you can’t get any colder. When matter gives off all its heat and it gets as cold as the background, that is called heat death. At this point science tells us that there is no exchange of energy…matter is as dead as it can get…everything we know stops…everything ceases being. Kind of sad to think about, isn’t it?

However, that isn’t the end to the story…remember the dark matter, as they call it? Science has found out that even when the background of space is at absolute zero, there is an unexplainable massive amount of energy stored within that ’empty space’. Science can’t explain where it comes from or even what it is, but they have realized that this zero point energy is a constant source of energy at the sub-atomic level that keeps the electron in their orbits. It appears that this energy somehow keeps replenishing it’s self from outside the universe1. Is it some creepy mojo happening…or does it simply means that the Creator is still at work? I’ll take the latter explanation.

If it weren’t for the zero-point energy replenishment, we or nothing else would be here, for there would be no energy to keep the electrons spinning in their orbits around the nucleus and the atomic structure of life would destroy itself. Empty space?…I don’t think so. It certainly seems to me someone is still holding it all together. Let us look and see if we can get any insights from the scriptures…Colossians 1:16-17 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. (NKJV)

The current theories on the beginning of the universe named “The Big Bang” by the scientific religionists speculate that matter sprang into existence and grew and developed over a few billion years, with matter morphing in to stars and galaxies that grew from infancy to maturity.

I read an article recently that mentioned the Hubble telescope, and it got me thinking about this. There are a few deep space telescopes that can look at very distant objects in our universe, including thousands upon thousands of galaxies of all different sorts. If you look at mature spiral galaxies you notice that despite how far away they are, the arms seem to be extended about the same because of the gravitational and centrifugal effects. What is intriguing about that is because of the limitation of the speed of light, the ones we see far away are snapshots of the galaxy long ago in the past, where the ones relatively close are glimpses of only a few years past. In other words, the light we see from a galaxy far, far away left the galaxy millions of years ago, meaning what we are seeing is a millions of year old snapshot of that particular galaxy. While the photo of the Andromeda galaxy is only a few years old. When you compare the photos of the near and the far galaxies you notice that the spiral arms are extended about the same regardless of distance away from us which means that they also demonstrate about the same amount of maturity as the near galaxies. This intrigues me because using the current theory of the age of the universe according to modern science’s theories, that should not be so…the far distant ones are pictures of spiral galaxies taken eons ago and the arms should be less well developed that the closer ones. In fact there should be many, many examples of infant galaxies and galaxies in various stages of maturity in these photos from the long range telescopes, but there aren’t…so…what does it mean?

What it means to me, is that every single one of the uncountable galaxies all appeared at the same time…It means that they were all created at the same time and the photographic evidence is before us.

God Bless

Jim

1 Quantum Physics experiments by Bohr and others show that we exist in what is referred to as ‘local reality’ and that below a certain ‘smallness’ (time, size, etc) things, as we perceive them, no longer exists. (There have been experiments at the subatomic level that appear to prove this where protons seem to ‘sense’ what is happening to other proton, regardless of location on the earth).

 

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