“And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.”
The Universe is full of WIMPS. That is not meant to be an insult. It is an acronym and stands for Weakly Interacting Massive Particles. The WIMPS comprise the matter known as dark matter.
We have discussed dark matter before on a previous Creation Moment. But it might be worth briefly reminding ourselves of what it is. Astrophysicists are concerned because all their measurements of the interactions between star and star, or between galaxy and galaxy, reveals an approximate mass for the universe. But when astrophysicists do their calculations on how much mass seems to be available in all the stars, they find that the visible, or at least potentially visible universe, accounts for only a twentieth of the total mass that they have calculated should exist.
A writer in New Scientist magazine writes as follows:
All the stuff we can see, from stars and planets to galaxies and supernovae, makes up a paltry 5 per cent of the contents of the universe. The majority of the rest consists of dark energy.
The dark energy is even more mysterious than the dark matter. Scientists assume that it is spread out evenly over the universe, but they have no way of detecting this or the dark matter. The obvious question should be – is it really there?
In contrast, God tells us that He has the universe numbered. The Universe is finite, and knowable, because it was created by Him. We can make sense of the Universe only by starting from knowing Him.
Prayer: Lord, we stand in awe at the magnificence of the Universe that You have created. We understand it only because the ability to do so comes from You. Amen.
Ref: Are we about to uncover the dark universe? New Scientist, < https://www.newscientist.com/article/2175682-new-scientist-live-are-we-about-to-uncover-the-dark-universe/ >, accessed 7/31/2018. Image: NASA, Public Domain.
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