The Hubble telescope will turn 25 on April 24, 2015. It has been orbiting the earth making one complete orbit every 97 minutes for 25 years. It has taken hundreds of thousands of photos of the universe. It has captured a frame by frame photo drama of creation, giving us the details Genesis left out, according to author Paul Hutchins.
Hutchins, who did four years of research into the discoveries made by Hubble says, “when you stitch together the images and data Hubble has collected, what emerges is the Greatest Drama in Human History; the creation of an Awe-Inspiring Universe. This drama includes how the earth formed from a formless dark condition, in a fashion described at Genesis 1: 2.”
In his book Hubble Reveals Creation by an Awe-Inspiring Power, Hutchins points out that when Galileo turned his telescope to the night sky in 1609, he set mankind’s imagination ablaze. This newly invented device as simple as it was, evoked a telescope race, and an insatiable quest to the stars by man, as if being drawn by some invisible magnetic force.
The telescope had a very humble beginning. It evolved from the spyglass used by sailors to spy on distant ships. This in turn, had evolved from the invention of eyeglasses. Hans Lippershey, in the Netherlands, is generally credited with the earliest recorded design for an optical telescope in 1608, although it is unclear if he actually invented it. A master lens grinder, his work with optical devices grew out of his work as a spectacle maker. One story contends that Lippershey got the idea for his spyglass invention from children playing in his shop. They held two eyeglass lenses up together and discovered they could see the weather-vane atop a distant church.
With each passing generation of telescope builders, the size and magnification of the telescope grew as did the compulsion to point them skyward. That race continues today costing billions of dollars, and hundreds of millions of dedicated man hours searching the night sky.
The James Webb telescope is now planned to replace Hubble in 2018. Webb will see farther, and unleash a torrent of new discoveries, opening the door to a part of the universe that has just begun to take shape under humanity’s observations. Price tag $8.7 Billion. Stay tuned for part two to the Grandest Photo Drama in human history!
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