He Made the Stars . . . Again

New Picture (2)Yes, I have, once again, updated this video. No major changes, just some animations for the planets and a few other things. I also thought I’d give you some fascinating statistics right under the video.

If earth were the size of a ping-pong ball, Neptune and Uranus would be about as big as the ping-pong paddle.

If earth were the size of a ping-pong ball, Saturn would be as large as a decent-sized rainbow trout.

If earth were the size of a ping-pong ball, Jupiter would be the size of a basketball hoop.

If earth were the size of a ping-pong ball, the sun would be as big as a elephant.

If earth were the size of a ping-pong ball, Sirius would be the size of a killer whale.

If earth were the size of a ping-pong ball, Pollux would be as slightly bigger than a full grown Sperm whale.

If earth were the size of a ping-pong ball, Arcturus would be the size of three fully grown blue whales with three newborns. Remember, blue whales are the biggest creatures on earth!

If earth were the size of a ping-pong ball, Aldebaran would be as large as the Onterie Center.

If earth were the size of a ping-pong ball, Rigel would be as big as the Titanic.

If earth were the size of a ping-pong ball, Antares would be as large as 10 Eiffel towers stacked on top of each other.

If earth were the size of a ping-pong ball, Betelgeuse would be the size of two Golden Gate bridges.

If earth were the size of a ping-pong ball, MU Cephei would be as big as seven and a half Niagara falls.

If earth were the size of a ping-pong ball, VY Canis Majoris would be as large as Mount Everest!

Dialogue from a Headache!

2918bd1cf258After getting my article, Big Star Formation, published on my school’s newspaper-on-the-web, it was opened up for discussion. I had two peers, who believed in God, respond to what I said. I have posted our discussion below (I have left all the grammar as-is):

Student 1:

This is very interesting, but you seem to have left something out:

How can stars form?

Gravity.

Every object in the entire universe has it. Even single atoms, they are attracted to each other by the force of gravity. The bigger something is, the more gravity it has. As long as there is no larger gravitational force nearby, and as long as the cloud of gas isn’t too thin, eventually all the atoms will collect together.

When it gets BIG enough, the force of gravity alone is enough to cause the core of the star to ignite. And THAT is when you have your star.

Sorry if I sound like a know-it-all ^^”

My response:

Thanks for your comment, I don’t see you as a know-it-all, I appreciate the time you took to interact. There is only one problem with your above-mentioned theory . . . it doesn’t work. Gases cannot contract by gravity, in fact, when gravity is forced on a gas, it actually expands. This is recorded scientific data. Gravity cannot pull gases together to form a star.

Thanks for contributing to the topic!

Student 1:

[Removed link: this article, though interesting had rather offensive comments]

here is a confirmed report of a star being born.

And there are nebula filled with gasses that have a lot of young stars next to them. How did they show up that recently?

AND: even if gas couldn’t compress under it’s own gravity those clouds aren’t JUST gas you know, there are flecks of other elements as well that DO have gravity. (how do you think earth keeps it’s atmosphere? or jupiter? they have a core of heavier elements.) Strong enough gravity to attract other particles.

And, I’m going to mention this again, ALL objects and atoms have gravity. Gasses like to spread out, granted, but their gravity will keep them together somewhat. (just look at the nebula everywhere.) However, there won’t be enough pressure to KEEP the gas dense until there is a LOT of gas.

Say, the size of a star.

((now, I myself happen to agree that the universe was created, what CAUSED the big bang is completely unexplainable to science. And evolution is a big laugh.))

My response:

Thanks for that article link. But, you will notice that all they found was a young star, not a star being born. Nowhere do they have reports of it actually becoming a “star”. They just found a star that they call a “protostar” because it is different from the “stars” we have now.

Young stars, yes, 6,000 years or younger is pretty young.

Yes, I know that. But, gravity and gases, and the other things, do not have the right resources to create a star. Yes, but those nebula aren’t forming any stars, even when they have high-power winds and radiation working with the gravity, they still can’t form stars.

Well, in that case we agree then! Thanks for having a discussion with me, I love discussing science!

Student 1:

I’m glad you enjoyed it. I too enjoy a good argument where both people aren’t trying to claw each other’s throats out. :3

Greater understanding can be gained by both people that way.

My response (just for fun):

Yes, totally agree. Though clawing can be fun too, haha, I’m joking! Thank you for keeping it respectful and all! Yup!

I then got the following from another student.

Student 2:

Reading through this article gave me a bit of a headache with all of the big numbers… Aside from that though, when I look at the Big Bang from my slightly crazy Christian point of view, it does happen to make sense in light of Genesis 1:3. “And God said, ‘Let there be light!’, and there was light.” What causes more light than a giant explosion? Just my opinion.

My response:

I take that as almost a compliment! Thank you for joining the discussion. That is an interesting theory, without getting to in-depth on this discussion (might really give you a headache), I would recommend this article: http://alreadyanswered.org/q/universe/general/distant/ which discusses that verse and its meaning.

They were both interesting discussions and glad both peers took the time to comment!

Astounding Stars – Part 4

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A fascinating four-part series on some of God’s most amazing creations: stars.

There are few stars that have the size and fierceness of Canis Majoris. This star has been blowing off huge clouds of star-material at speeds exceeding 80,000 mph and have been sent off over a spans of time.

Although Canis Majoris has sent many bits and pieces of itself into space, it is still a gigantic star and passes up every one of the stars we have hitherto investigated.

Canis Majoris is so huge that you could place 12,019,506,721,007,330 earths inside. If you were to convert each one of those earths into a CD that could hold 80 minutes of music you would have enough music to listen to (if you happened to listen to it all day and all night) until you are 1,828,200,885,391 and a half  years + your age = how old you would be (in years). In short, you would be 1.8 trillion years old!

However, if you took those earths and transformed them into AA batteries you would have a mighty good time. You could take those batteries and line them end-to-end until you reach Pluto and then go around that planet 80,547,400 times.

“So what?” You may say. “The earth is tiny. We need something bigger to compare Canis Majoris too.”

You asked for it.

You can fit 9,260,999,992 and a half suns into Canis Majoris. If each one of those suns were the size of the moon (a rather pathetic size if you think about it) you could travel to Jupiter, around Jupiter 300 times, back to earth then to the sun, around the sun 500 times, back to the earth, then around the earth 500 million times then to the moon and back 15,784,278 times!

Let me guess, you want a bigger star to compare it to?

You can fit nearly 66 copies of Betelgeuse into Canis Majoris. That right there shows the massiveness of both Betelgeuse and Canis Majoris.

Conclusion

The truth is, God created all those stars and when we realize that the God of the universe just speaks these stars into existence it, once again, makes us drop our jaws.

God was right (as usual) when He spoke through Paul and said:

There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. (1 Corinthians 15:41)

 

Astounding Stars – Part 3

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A fascinating four-part series on some of God’s most amazing creations: stars.

Betelgeuse is a very recognizable and popular star. It is located in the Orion constellation and can easily been seen as the red “armpit” of the Orion Hunter. This star is a red giant and has a varying magnitude of 1-.5 over a span of six years.

Because Betelgeuse is a red giant it is known as one of the largest stars known to exist. For comparison let’s use the earth.

You can fit 182,374,248,978,792 earths into Betelgeuse. To better understand this number we will turn each one of those 182,374,248,978,792 earths into bananas. You could line those bananas end-to-end and they would reach from earth to Eris, then from Eris to Jupiter, around Jupiter, back to earth, around earth 29,000 times, a trip to the sun, around the sun 350 times, then to the moon, around the moon 1 million times, then back to earth and back to the moon and back 44 times . . . with enough bananas left over to feed 3,000,000 monkeys, 791 times!

If you didn’t grasp that last one then you could take those bananas and go around the earth 866,536 times or to the moon and back 45,163 times. And if you cared to go further you could take those bananas and have each person in the entire world feed 14,029 monkeys, apes, etc. two bananas each!

If you were to insert Betelgeuse in place of the sun you would have a star that would destroy Mercury, Venus, Earth, the moon, Mars, the Asteroid Belt, Ceres (a dwarf planet) and engulf Jupiter, with all its’ moons with its’ (Betelgeuse’s) atmosphere. We are talking about a star that’s diameter would stretch 414,408,648,648 and a half 6’2” people! That would be enough people to populate (according to current population) 63 earths.

If you were to take those humans and place them at certain places (you could have one start at earth and start driving his car at 100 mph). After 40 years of non-stop driving he would pass the car to the next person and he or she would keep the same pace as the last and then pass it on to the next person after 40 years. By the time the car reached the end of the last person it would be 14,530,824,856,193,472,000 (or 2,471,859 lightyears) miles into space. With that mileage you could go around the entire orbit of the sun (a trip of an estimated 225 million years at 504,000 mph) . . . 14 and a half times!

By placement in the sky and our minds, God has ordained Betelgeuse with magnificent size, magnitude and popularity.