The God who made the stellar nursery, Orion Nebula

The Orion Nebula

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

Psalm 19: 1-4 New International Version

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Facts about Orion Nebula

  • The Orion Nebula is a massive cloud of gas and dust around 1,300 light years from Earth and is located in the constellation of Orion.
  • It is around 25 light years across and is the closest star forming region to Earth.
  • Many stars in the Orion Nebula have disks of debris around them, indicating the very beginnings of planetary formation.
  • The Orion Nebula contains the Trapezium star cluster, a tight group of young massive stars that provide much of the nebula’s brightness.
  • Apart from areas in and around the center of large cities the Orion Nebula is visible to the naked eye.
  • Travelling at the speed of sound, it would take 1,157,216,591.31 years to reach Orion Nebula. Travelling at the speed of light, it would take 1,324.00 years.

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor

Psalm 8: 3-5 New International Version

When we read information about the stars and constellations and try to understand the huge figures relating to them it is mindboggling, but it gives us an idea of the size and magnificence of the Universe.

It is also phenomenal to consider that when people who lived on the earth thousands of years BC, God had already created Orion Nebula, though they couldn’t see it as well as we can today with our modern telescopes and because it has grown brighter, but it was there and is expanding. God is still present and at work in His Creation. The skies still proclaim His work and declare His glory. The God who was with Adam and Eve in the garden at the very beginning, the God who made a covenant with His people through Abraham, the God who came to our planet Himself to conquer sin and death is the same God we worship today.

What is even more remarkable is that out of all of His mighty creation, there is one thing that He prizes most of all – and you only have to go and look in the mirror to see what it is. So, tonight look up at the stars and think of how amazing the expanse of the skies are and then go and look in your mirror and believe how much He loves you.

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8: 38-39 New International Version

Our Father, How wonderful is Your Creation! From the vastness of the heavens to the tiniest of spore bearing mosses, You have put everything in place. Help us to appreciate the wonder of Your Creation and to be worthwhile stewards of all that You have placed in our care. Let us forever be grateful for our own personal lives, regardless of any trials we have encountered (and are yet to encounter) along the way, always praising You and glorifying Your Name.

Thank you for the incomprehensible love that You have for us, Lord, which was revealed to us in Jesus when He died on the cross, conquering sin, so that we could be with You.

In Jesus Name, Amen.

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