News has now emerged . . .

. . . from the scientific community of the collision of two neutron stars. The thing is, that what was observed back in August actually happened 130 million years ago – its just taken 130 million years for the light to reach us. One scientist said that this is relatively close to us as he is used to dealing with objects 10 or 20 times as distant. And the details get even more amazing. At the point of the collision and collapse the density of matter was hugely increased. In fact the resulting matter was just 15km across, but contained mass equivalent to the whole of the sun, (which is 865,000 miles across) or, if you like, compressing the human population of the world into a sugar cube.

 

The Psalmists were a funny lot, trying to make sense of their world and of God, using the language of poem and song. Sometimes we consider what they wrote as outdated, scientifically naive. But I would still affirm that they were on to something when they wrote, ‘He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite.’ Psalm 147:4-5

 


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