“This is a first light adaptive optics image from the New Solar Telescope (NST) at the Big Bear Solar Observatory in California. “With a 1.6-meter primary mirror, the NST is the largest solar telescope in the world,” says Nicolas Gorceix of the observatory staff. “It has realtime correction for atmospheric distortion (adaptive optics), so we can see things in very high resolution–as small as 65 km wide on the sun. For perspective,” he adds, “Earth is slightly smaller than the whole sunspot including the dark umbra and the daisy petal-like penumbra. The spot is surrounded by the sun’s ubiquitous granular field [which shows the boiling motions of the sun’s surface].”
“Researchers believe that high-resolution studies of sunspots can help them understand how sunspots evolve and anticipate when they’re about to erupt. “Next year, we plan to upgrade the telescope with a much higher-order adaptive optics system to get even better images,” says Gorceix. Stay tuned to the BBSO home page for updates.”
I know you know the verses to Genesis 1:1-8, but just think of the beauty and complexity of the sunspot, ONE item in the entire universe, and think of all the people who insist that it all happened by accident and explosion, and pray for them. They are missing out on so much! Just seeing the stupendous planetary objects rotating gracefully in their habitations and understanding they were placed there by the Hand of God, they are missing a moment of fellowship with God. It is the same hand of God who made us, His children, His delight. Also, glory in the LORD GOD who made this expansive universe for us, yet who cares for us daily. We become so involved in our lives we forget to consider the sun, to consider the range of objects above out heads and under our feet that reveal His mind, whimsy, power, impressive creativity. And His understated, “And it was good.” Yes, our universe, our planet, our lives, are indeed good.
The History of Creation
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day. Then God said, “Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.” Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament; and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. So the evening and the morning were the second day.”