Space is awesome! Immeasurable distances! Incomparable speeds! Incomprehensible spheres! Inconceivable power. The magnitude of truly is space awe-inspiring. The sheer vastness of it is almost incomprehensible to the human brain.
For instance, there are more stars in space than grains of sand in the world. In fact, there are 10 times more stars in the night sky than grains of sand on all the beaches of planet earth. There are 100 sextillion stars visible from Earth through a telescope. That’s 100 with 21 zeros.
And then, in addition, there are probably more planets than stars. And, remember this, we can only see a small percentage of the Universe from Earth, even with an optical telescope. The sheer size of space makes it impossible to accurately predict just how many stars we have – they’re entirely uncountable.
Yes, the size and immensity of space are overwhelming when you think about it. For example, our Earth could fit into the sun 1.3 million times. And one of the closest large galaxies to us is the Andromeda galaxy that is 2.5 million light-years away.
You see, Light years are the measuring stick of space. Astronomers tell us that light travels at the speed of 300,000 km per second, or 18 million km per minute – and it would take us two and half million years to reach our nearest neighbour galaxy, Andromeda travelling at that speed. And then we’re only on the edge of the Universe.
So, consider this. Our solar system or sun system takes its entire family of planets and moons with it on its journey through space. Our sun and solar system belong to the Milky Way Galaxy. Now to help put all of this in perspective, if the Milky Way galaxy were the size of the continent of Australia, our solar system would fit in a coffee cup.
Now, try to get your head around this. Just in our Milky Way Galaxy, there are over 200 billion stars like our sun, each with its own family of planets and moons. Our sun is just one of those 200 Billion stars that make up the Milky Way Galaxy. But that’s not all. There are at least 10 billion galaxies in the Universe. With its 200 Billion stars, our Milky Way Galaxy is just one of the 10 billion galaxies that make up the Universe.
It is difficult for the human mind to comprehend innumerable worlds, immeasurable space, and the intricate design evident everywhere in the Universe. This incredibly complex Universe is as smooth-running as a delicate, finely tuned watch.
I believe that the stars are evidence that there is a God, an all-mighty Creator God. The stars carry a message concerning the origin and destiny of the human race. Listen to the words of the ancient Bible prophets,
‘The heavens are telling the glory of God; they are a marvellous display of His craftsmanship. Day and night, they keep on telling about God. Without a sound or word, silent in the skies, their message reaches out to all the world.’ Ps 19:1
But here’s what is impressive in all of this. Listen to this: This great Creator God who made the Universe cares about you. Listen to this: “When I look up into the night skies and see the work of your fingers – the moon and the stars you have made – I cannot understand how you can bother with mere puny man and pay any attention to him! (Psalm 8:3,4)
Isn’t that astounding? This big and powerful God who made the stars and set them in orbit cares about you and the details in your life. The big things, the little things, everything. He loves you and cares about you.