"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Genesis 1:1 (as if you didn't know that! I'm just OCD; had to put the reference)
What really is out there, in the deep black void which men have been studying since the beginning?
This post really doesn't even attempt to answer that question (it would be pretentious), but these marvellous photos should inspire you with a sense of awe for our almightly, perfect, and truly omnipotent Creator.
We will never know fully what strange beings are out in the millions of galaxies. But from this earth, we can observe stars which we have named after false gods with their mysterious titles---the miniscule panorama we see from Earth, a relatively small planet in "in the gleam of a million million of suns?" (Tennyson)
(Sorry, Northern hemisphere only...:P)
^^^Orion, my favorite constellation, close up. If you live in the N.H. it is easily recognizable by the three stars which make up the hunter's belt.
^Andromeda galaxy closeup.
Andromeda galaxy from Earth.
We live in a galaxy known collectively by the endearing moniker the Milky Way.
Isn't that awesome? And I mean "awesome" in the unadulterated sense of the word.
Remember, God only gave us dominion over Earth. What is really out there?
I don't know, but I am nearly positive there isn't a goat. (BTW, you too can edit your photo to look like that at Picnik.com)
Astronomy is so cool, fascinating, and non-practical. It is one of the seven liberal arts from the Ancients.
Music: Holst's 'The Planets' (scroll down for the download)
Hope you all had a wonderful Monday, Halloween, and if you went trick or treating I hope you don't eat too much candy and get sick.