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Cosmos

Cosmos Solar System Earth Microcosm
  Divine Image Cosmic Christ  

You are Here!

Sun in Milky Way Galaxy

In case you wondered, this is our galactic address:-

Earth, Sol System, the Local Fluff, Orion Arm, Milky Way Galaxy, Local Group, Virgo Galactic Supercluster, Cosmos 1.

Here are some nice pictures to go with that address:-

Observable Cosmos Galactic Superclusters Hubble Deepfield Galactic View
Observable Universe Galactic Superclusters
Virgo at the Centre
Hubble Deepfield
Galactic View
Local Group of Galaxies Milky Way Overview Galactic Neighbourhood
Local Group of Galaxies
with Milky Way
Milky Way Galaxy
(overview)
artist's impression
Galactic Neighbourhood
of the Sol (Solar) System

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*Note: The Cosmos has no "centre" ... it is an expanding space with embedded concentrations of matter and energy within it, quite without centre or rim. Virgo is at placed at the "centre" of this diagram for presentational purposes only)

Key Facts and Ideas  lb

There are estimated to be 200 billion stars in our galaxy of which our sun is just one. That's 200,000,000,000 stars. After the Big Bang the galaxies condensed out in superclusters. In the observable Cosmos we know that there are about 100 billion galaxies, or seventeen for each man, woman and child living on the earth today. So, we are certainly dwarfed by these immensities. From a distance these galactic objects are incredibly beautiful. Close up though, most are exceedingly violent and unmindful of us. Some people recoil from this and reject the thought that the Cosmos bears the hallmark of a caring purposeful creative "mind" (God). Others conclude exactly the opposite. These say that the fact that there is anything at all, rather than nothing, is a fact that demands interpretation, a rational account. This concerns not just what the Universe is (science) but why the Universe is (faith).

Key Principle  cg

Science describes how the Universe came to be and how it "works." Religion should look for meaning in the Universe and a relationship with the Creator.

Key Question  as

Do I think that the Cosmos came to be and evolved by accidents of its own nature? or, was it designed and created by a purposeful "mind" (God)?

Resources  br

1. The Milky Way Galaxy (Wikipedia)

2.  An Atlas of the Universe

3Orthodoxy and Cosmology by Fr. Gregory Hallam

4The Worlds of David Darling by Dr. David Darling

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