Day 16 of my recent 30 Day Thankfulness Challenge; I am thankful for God and the Universe.   😀

The universe is centered on neither the earth nor the sun. It is centered on God. ~ Alfred Noyes

It is my belief that the stars and other heavenly bodies do not influence human personality and activity and the position of celestial bodies cannot foretell our future. The Search for meaning and purpose has drawn many people toward human-centered philosophies and religions.

God is the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. The Creator of me and quite capable to help me every day. I found my purpose in God.

When I need protection God has it under control and if need be, he can dispatch a guardian/ministering angel.

So Grateful to God for my life. God so loved you and me…

The more I learn of his great love for humanity and for me as an individual the more I am awed.

..declares the Lord, “I have plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

The Universe is SO interesting.

  • If the sun stopped shining suddenly, it would take eight minutes for people on earth to be aware of the fact. This is because the sunlight takes around 8 minutes to reach the earth.
  • Our universe consists of more than 100 billion galaxies, and each galaxy, on average contains more that 100 billion stars, which accounts for more than 10 billion trillion stars i.e. 1 followed by 22 zeros.
  • The Earth is rotating on its axis at a rate of 0.5 kilometer per second at the equator, and is orbiting the sun at a rate of about 30 kilometers per second. The sun is orbiting  the centre of the Milky Way at a rate of about 220 kilometres per second.
  • Even on the clearest night, the human eye can only see about 3,000 stars. There are an estimated 100,000,000,000 in our galaxy alone!
  • Its estimated that the number of stars in the universe is greater than the number of grains of sand on all the beaches in the world! On a clear night, we can see the equivalent of a handful of sand.
  • Mars hosts the highest peak in the solar system, named Olympus Mons, with a height of around 80,000 feet(2400 meters) which is more than 2.5 times the height of mount  Everest.

I love looking at pictures of the universe whether its a cosmic storm, a view from the space station.  It is all quite spectacular.

A giant cosmic necklace –  The object, aptly named the Necklace Nebula, is a recently discovered planetary nebula, the glowing remains of an ordinary, Sun-like star.


The nebula consists of a bright ring, measuring 12 trillion miles across, dotted with dense, bright knots of gas that resemble diamonds in a necklace. The knots glow brightly due to absorption of ultraviolet light from the central stars

Wow the Universe is AMAZING – The Helix Nebula (also known as The Helix, NGC 7293, or Caldwell 63) is a large planetary nebula (PN) located in the constellation Aquarius. One of the closest to the Earth of all the bright planetary nebulae. The Helix has often been referred to as the Eye of God.
eye_of_god nasa photo


God’s Creation is so Awesome. Can’t say that enough! Another pic I love is The Spiral Galaxy M100 one of the brightest galaxies in the Virgo cluster.


During a geomagnetic storm, a neon green ribbon of aurora australis danced over Earth as seen in a 2010 photograph taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station.

Day 16 space100-aurora-australis-from-space

All photos found on the Nasa Site.

Pertinent Quotes:

John O’Keefe (astronomer at NASA): “We are, by astronomical standards, a pampered, cosseted, cherished group of creatures.. .. If the Universe had not been made with the most exacting precision we could never have come into existence. It is my view that these circumstances indicate the universe was created for man to live in.”

Genesis 1:1-31 – In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day

C.S.Lewis ‘Mere Christianity’ page 46
If the whole universe has no meaning, we should never have found out that it has no meaning: just as, if there were no light in the universe and therefore no creatures with eyes, we should never know it was dark. Dark would be without meaning.

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