The Last Instructions of Jesus (Tenth Resurrection Appearance) and His Ascension

Ultimile Instructiuni ale Domnului Isus

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After Jesus’ resurrection, he was on earth for 40 days (Acts 1:3), then He led His followers out to Bethany, just outside Jerusalem, and „lifting up His hands, He blessed them. While He blessed them, he parted from them, and was carried up into heaven” (Luke 24:50-51).
John 21:1-23 relates the story of the last appearance of Jesus after His     resurrection.  Then Matthew’s center of these instructions is the future mission to spread the good news through baptism and teaching (Matthew 28:18-20). In Luke’s Gospel, Jesus teaches them to preach repentance and forgiveness of sins  (Matthew 24:47). In the fourth Gospel, Jesus breathes on the disciples the Holy Spirit, thereby empowering them to continue his mission, including the forgiveness of sins (John 20:22-23).

TENTH  RESURRECTION  APPEARANCE

From the upper room to the Mount of Olives. Mark 16:19, 20  Luke 24:50-53, Acts 1:4-11.

A. Jesus blesses them and promises the baptism of the Spirit.

B. He orders them to witness for Him:

  1. In Jerusalem
  2. In Judea
  3. In Samaria
  4. unto the uppermost parts of the earth.

C. He is received up into glory to the right hand of the Father.

D. This is the Old Testament Prophecy fulfillment number 38, that He would ascend. (Compare Psalm 24:7-10 with Mark 16:19; Luke 24:51). Did the resurrected Christ appear before any unsaved individuals? On the strength of Matthew 23:37-39 it would seem He did not.

„O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.”

These words conclude  the Bible’s account of the greatest  life that was ever lived. It should, however be said that His glory story is not limited to the four Gospel accounts. In fact, each of the sixty-six Biblical books presents a glimpse of this marvelous and mighty Messiah. Note the following „scriptural summary of the Savior”:

Christ in every book (of the Bible)

Christ is the theme of the entire revelation of God. He is promised in Genesis, revealed in the Law, prefigured in its history, praised in poetry, proclaimed in its prophecy, provided in its Gospels, proved in its Acts, preeminent in its Epistles and prevailing in Revelation.

(thanks to Gabi Bogdan for above video, illustrating Christ in every book, through song)

He is seen in every book of the Bible. Take a journey through the Halls of Holy Writ and and in every one of them you will see Christ. Starting with Genesis He is the seed of the woman; in Exodus the Lamb for sinners slain; in Leviticus, our High Priest; in Numbers, the Star of Jacob and the Brazen Serpent; in Deuteronomy,  the Prophet like unto Moses and the Great Rock; in Joshua, the Captain of the Lord’s Hosts; in Judges the Messenger of Jehovah; in Ruth our Kinsman-Redeemer and the Faithful Bridegroom; in 1 Samuel He is seen as the Great Judge; in 2 Samuel as the Princely King; in 1st Kings as David’s Choice; in  2 Kings as the Holiest of All; in 1 Chronicles as King by Birth; in 2 Chronicles as King by Judgement.

In Ezra He is seen as Lord of heaven and earth; in Nehemiah as builder; in Esther our Mordecai; in Job our Daysman and our Risen,  returning Redeemer; in Psalms the Son of God and the Good Shepherd; in Proverbs our Wisdom; in Ecclesiastes as the One above the sun; in Song of Solomon the great Church lover; the one Altogether Lovely and the Chiefest among ten thousand. (VIA)

The ascent into heaven

Only Mark (longer version) and Luke include an account of the ascension. For the other evangelists, Jesus’ return to the Father is taken for granted (implied). Luke wants both to round up (finish) his Gospel and to provide a link with his second volume, The Acts of the Apostles. Favorite themes, first appearing in his infancy narratives, are all fitted into these final two verses–journey, Jerusalem, rejoicing, prayers of praise(Luke 24:52-53). Jesus is portrayed as lifting His hands in blessing over the small group of disciples; in Acts 1:6-11, He will commission them to extend this blessing to the entire world and thus throughout the ages. (VIA)

Why Does Creation Make Sense? – Lee Strobel

March 30, 2014 – Lee Strobel explains the fine tuning and the beginning of the universe.

VIDEO by firstcauseargument

God’s Fine-Tuning of the Universe

Does Genesis 1 reflect what science has recently discovered about the creation of the universe? In this session Dr. Hugh Ross shows this is increasingly the case. As astronomers look back at the timing and intricate details of the galaxies, the evidence is growing to show the universe had a beginning, followed by the creation of planet earth in such a way that coincides with the opening verses of Genesis 1.

VIDEO by John Ankerberg 

‘Cosmic Fingerprints’ – Dr. Hugh Ross at Willow Creek Community Church

Photo credit www.cccomaha.org

Dr. Hugh Ross explores the question: Did God leave evidence of Himself in the universe? Did He leave cosmic fingerprints, clues that point to Him in the natural world? Dr. Ross also discusses recent evidence that points to the God of the Bible.

Hugh Norman Ross (born July 24, 1945) is a Canadian American astrophysicist, Christian apologist, and old earth creationist. Ross has a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree in physics from the University of British Columbia. He is known for establishing his own ministry called Reasons to Believe that promotes progressive and day-age forms of Old Earth Creationism. Ross accepts the scientific age of the earth and the scientific age of the universe, however he rejects evolution and abiogenesis as explanations for the history and origin of life. (Wikipedia)

Cosmic Fingerprints with Dr. Hugh Ross (Complimentary Download) from RTB: MEDIA on Vimeo.

The Flood and Noah

photo credit www.theguardian.com

Somehow these videos are still out there and youtube has not removed them. So, watch while they are still up

The Creation and Flood of Genesis

The story begins with the creation of Man and Woman, the sin committed by Adam and Eve, and the temptationby the snake, which led to their banishment from Paradise. The story continues with the first crime committed by mankind, Cain’s murder of his brother, the condemnation of God, mankind’s corruption and evil, and God’s regret for having created earth. The choice of Noah, a just and upright man to build the Ark, the flood and its clearing the way for a new mankind, the pact of the eternal Covenant between God and all living beings, are told through the clear and simple words of an old nomad shepherd. VIDEO by Victor Girona Noah’s story begins at the 65th minute.

 Noah’s Ark Movie

Carl Sagan vs William Lane Craig (Part 2): The Oscillating Universe

William Lane Craig shows despite Carl Sagan’s self-identity as an agnostic, his viewpoint is really atheistic and naturalistic, especially if you claim „The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be.” Furthermore, Craig shows through the contingency argument, atheists are presupposing naturalism when they say the universe (despite it being contingent) just is and exists by its own virtue of necessity.

Carl Sagan was a bigger fan of the oscillating universe (the idea the universe went through a number of big bangs and big crunches) compared to the Big Bang Theory. Although Sagan didn’t fully embrace the oscillating universe theory, he certainly found it more plausible than the Big Bang Theory.  VIDEO by religionphilosophy

Astrophysicist Astrophysicist Robert C. Newman’s critique of Carl Sagan’s book – ‘Cosmos’

Astrophysicist Robert C. Newman (who has a PhD in theoretical astrophysics from Cornell University – and Newman has a Masters of Divinity, too) gives his critique of Carl Sagan’s best-selling book The Cosmos. Newman exposes Sagan’s naturalistic bias and atheistic presuppositions, his unscientific claims and his ignorance of God and Christianity. VIDEO by religionphilosophy

Genesis 1-11: Why Does It Matter? Evolution, Fact or Fiction? – Brian Catalucci – Creation Seminar Part 5

Genesis 1-11: Why Does It Matter?
Brian Catalucci – Creation Seminar 4/5

http://answersingenesis.org | Creation Seminar Introduction and Overview PART 1 of 5 – Why Does It Matter? with Creation Speaker Brian Catalucci. Biblical and scientific reasons why we should not compromise God’s Word with evolution, including biblical and scientific evidences for a worldwide flood, why it matters what we believe, and the cost of compromise.

VIDEO by slaves4christ

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Genesis 1-11: Why Does It Matter? Part 4

Genesis 1-11: Why Does It Matter?
Brian Catalucci – Creation Seminar 4/5

http://answersingenesis.org | Creation Seminar Introduction and Overview PART 1 of 5 – Why Does It Matter? with Creation Speaker Brian Catalucci. Biblical and scientific reasons why we should not compromise God’s Word with evolution, including biblical and scientific evidences for a worldwide flood, why it matters what we believe, and the cost of compromise.

VIDEO by slaves4christ

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Genesis 1-11: Why Does It Matter? Part 2 & 3

Genesis 1-11: Why Does It Matter?
Brian Catalucci – Creation Seminar 2 and 3 of 5

http://answersingenesis.org | Creation Seminar Introduction and Overview PART 1 of 5 – Why Does It Matter? with Creation Speaker Brian Catalucci. Biblical and scientific reasons why we should not compromise God’s Word with evolution, including biblical and scientific evidences for a worldwide flood, why it matters what we believe, and the cost of compromise.

Brian will refute the silly myth that Genesis 1 & 2 are contradictory creation accounts. Genesis 2 is the detail of what happened in the Garden of Eden on Day 6. In chapter 3, we learn where sin and death and suffering came from. Only in the Biblical Young Earth Creationist worldview is there a basis for the need of a Savior – Jesus Christ, whom Genesis 3:15 foretells.

VIDEO by slaves4christ

See part 1 here

Do we finally know what followed the Big Bang?

PHOTO: A team at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics announced that they have found the first direct evidence of cosmic inflation. Left to right, Marc Kamionkowski of Johns Hopkins University, Clem Pryke of the University of Minnesota, Jamie Block of Caltech/JPL, Chao-Lin Kuo of Stanford/SLAC, John Kovac of Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. READ THE Boston  Globe story here – http://www.bostonglobe.com

A Report by Tom Clarke for Channel 4 News United Kingdom:

If true, Monday’s result from a radio telescope in the Antarctic is one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of science. But for the time being it remains a pretty big if.

The finding is a kind of physics double whammy. First, it may be the first ever confirmation of “cosmic inflation”, the process that immediately followed Big Bang. It would also be the first time scientists have seen gravitational waves – predicted by Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity.

Because inflation, so the theory goes, gave rise to the very universe we live in today. Its confirmation would be perhaps the most significant discovery in physics. Alan Heavens, a cosmologist at Imperial College London, told Channel 4 News: “On the face of it it looks quite convincing, but I’m sure people will want to look at the data and the analysis very carefully. But a quick look suggests it quacks like a duck.”

The result was obtained by a radio telescope at the South Pole called BICEP2. Researchers from the Harvard Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics used it to study the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB)

The CMB is the oldest light in the universe, created just 400,000 years after the Big Bang. By studying tiny differences in the polarity of that light the researchers claim to have seen evidence of gravitational waves.

Their presence could only be produced by cosmic inflation. That’s what has got the world of physics very excited.

“This is huge, as big as it gets,” Marc Kamionkowski a cosmologist at Johns Hopkins University who was not part of the Antarctica team, told the New York Times on Monday.

But others are urging a bit more caution. “It’s a maybe,” said Carlos Frenk a cosmologist at the University of Durham told Channel 4 News. “When you look closely at the detail it seems as if it might have too much of a good thing.”

He warns the polarization measurement the Harvard team have found is twice as large as expected. “Either something is wrong with their measurement or inflation is a lot more complicated than we think.”

Ask any scientists and they would tell you no one experiment proves or disproves a theory – the results have to be replicated by others first.

But when it comes to a theory as fundamental as this, said Mr Frenk, it’s important to be even more cautious: “This needs to be verified. And until that happens you can’t take this to the bank.”

– See more at: blogs.channel4.com VIDEO by Channel 4 News

Genesis 1-11: Why Does It Matter? Part 1

Genesis 1-11: Why Does It Matter?
Brian Catalucci – Creation Seminar 1/5

http://answersingenesis.org | Creation Seminar Introduction and Overview PART 1 of 5 – Why Does It Matter? with Creation Speaker Brian Catalucci. Biblical and scientific reasons why we should not compromise God’s Word with evolution, including biblical and scientific evidences for a worldwide flood, why it matters what we believe, and the cost of compromise.

Bio – http://www.answersingenesis.org/event… Brian grew up in a Christian home but attended public schools that taught evolution as man’s beginnings. Brian was a fighter pilot in the Air National Guard for 20 years, and a Captain and pilot for a major national airline for over 32 years. In his early forties, he studied for a graduate degree in computer science. During that period of time, he began to realize that information was the building block of the entire universe. But where did all the information come from? He discovered that the laws of science, all of man’s inventions, and all the computer algorithms and information systems people use have already existed in nature. Humans just figured out how to use them. For the first time in his life, Brian really believed there had to be a Creator God through whom all the information in the universe came into being. He found Him in the Lord Jesus Christ.

In 1993, Brian graduated with a Master’s degree in computer science and engineering from the University Of Colorado. For 10 years, he was President of Rocky Mountain Creation Fellowship (http://youngearth.org/) in Denver, Colorado, where he gave presentations and worked closely with AiG to bring many highly qualified speakers on creation topics to the Denver area. Brian has appeared on both TV and radio shows regarding Biblical and Creation Science topics, and has given many presentations all across the USA on Genesis, dinosaurs, aliens/UFOs, ancient man, and the founding fathers. He is presently an adjunct speaker for Answers in Genesis (http://www.answersingenesis.org/) on a variety of topics, including Genesis, biblical creation, science, Christian apologetics, and the inerrancy of Scripture.

Brian has been married to his wife Lise for over 32 years and they now reside in Denver, Colorado. He is currently working on his PhD dissertation in theology and apologetics.

VIDEO by slaves4christ

Copleşit de Creaţia lui Dumnezeu – Enigme nedescifrate ale Universului

Dar El a făcut pămîntul prin puterea Lui,
a întemeiat lumea prin înţelepciunea Lui,
a întins cerurile prin priceperea Lui. Ieremia 10:12

Materia neagră

De văzut, n-a văzut-o nimeni, în mod direct, cu telescopul, pentru că  nu poate fi văzută astfel. E numită neagră tocmai pentru că nici nu emite, nici nu absoarbe lumină sau vreo altă formă de radiaţie electromagnetică, cel puţin nu la un nivel care să poată fi detectat cu tehnologia de care dispunem azi.  (Photo above http://content.time.com)

Dar faptul că n-o vedem nu înseamnă că ea nu există; existenţa şi proprietăţile ei pot fi deduse pe baza efectelor ei gravitaţionale asupra unor lucruri ce pot fi detectate şi măsurate – de exemplu materia vizibilă, radiaţia şi, general, structura Universului.

Cum s-a ajuns la ideea că ea ar exista? Păi, studiind obiecte spaţiale de mari dimensiuni, astrofizicienii au constatat nişte discrepanţe între masa acestora, calculată pe baza efectelor ei gravitaţionale, şi masa calculată pe baza a ceea ce „se vedea”, a „materiei luminoase”, detectabile: stele, gaz, praf cosmic. Concluzia logică a fost că, în afară de „materia luminoasă” (cea care absoarbe sau emite radiaţii electromagnetice şi poate fi astfel detectată cu instrumente ce măsoară acele radiaţii), acolo mai există ceva – ceva ce nu îşi face simţită prezenţa prin acţiunea asupra fluxurilor de radiaţii, dar care este acolo şi îşi dovedeşte existenţa prin efectele gravitaţionale pe care le produce. Acest „ceva” a fost numit materie neagră.

Şi nu numai că, după toate probabilităţile, materia neagră există, dar şi constituie o parte foarte însemnată a Universului.  După opinia specialiştilor din cadrul misiunii Planck – un studiu internaţional de anvergură în domeniul cosmologiei, condus de Agenţia Spaţială Europeană (ESA) – materia neagră reprezintă 84.5% din totalul materiei din Univers şi 26.8% din tot ceea ce există în Univers – adica materie + energie.

Pentru că nu a putut fi până acum detectată (şi deci studiată) în mod direct, materia neagră păstrează, pentru om, o mulţime de taine.

Cea mai mare dintre nelămuriri: există sau nu există?  Deşi cea mai mare parte a comunităţii ştiinţifice acceptă faptul că există materie neagră şi că prezenţa ei se manifestă gravitaţional, există totuşi şi teorii alternative care încearcă să explice acele efecte gravitaţionale prin alte cauze decât existenţa materiei negre. Deci, credem că există, dar nu suntem sută la sută siguri.

Oamenii de ştiinţă fac, totuşi, progrese în înţelegerea acestei enigme a Universului; la ritmul în care progresează azi ştiinţele şi tehnologia, putem sper ca, peste câteva decenii, să ştim despre materia neagră mult mai mult decât că ea există, dar n-o putem vedea.

Photo credit www.dailygalaxy.com

Energia neagră

Dar dacă natura materiei negre e departe de a fi înţeleasă, încă şi mai stranie este aşa-numita energie neagră.

În conformitate cu modelul standard al cosmologiei, aceiaşi cercetători din cadrul misiunii Planck (vezi mai sus) consideră că, din totalul masă-energie al Universului, 4.9% ar fi materie obişnuită, 26.8% materie neagră şi 68.3% energie neagră. Adică trăim într-un Univers alcătuit, în proporţie de mai bine de jumătate, din energie neagră, fără să ştim prea bine ce este aceasta.

Energia neagră este definită drept o formă ipotetică de energie, prezentă în tot Universul şi care tinde să accelereze expansiunea acestuia. Începând din anii 1990, multe observaţii indică faptul că Universul se extinde cu o viteză tot mai mare şi, firesc, au fost căutate diverse explicaţii. Una dintre cele mai larg acceptate azi implică această energie neagră, care – se crede – exercită o puternică presiune negativă, generând o forţă de respingere care ar putea explica accelerarea expansiunii Universului. Dar discuţiile despre natura energiei negre sunt, deocamdată, la un nivel exclusiv teoretic; energia neagră nu a fost detectată niciodată, iar dovezile existenţei ei sunt indirecte.

Ca şi în cazul materiei negre, există teorii care oferă explicaţii alternative fenomenelor altminteri explicate prin existenţa acestor chestii negre. Dacă expansiunii Universului i se poate găsi o altă explicaţie, plauzibilă şi poate mai simplă, sau dacă (aşa cum susţine o altă teorie) expansiunea nici nu are loc, ci este o iluzie determinată de mişcarea relativă a regiunii din spaţiu în care ne găsim, faţă de restul Universului, atunci s-ar putea ca energia neagră să nici nu existe, de fapt. Nu ştim nimic sigur, deocamdată. VIDEO by  PureEducation

Universul

Forma Universului

Încă un lucru despre care nu ştim nimic sigur, ci doar alcătuim teorii în încercarea de a afla: ce formă are Universul? V-aţi întrebat vreodată? Ei, unii s-au întrebat – şi continuă să se întrebe – dar un răspuns limpede n-a putut da nimeni până acum. De important, e important; printre altele – vedeţi cum toate lucrurile se leagă între ele? – de forma Universului depinde soarta lui viitoare (sau finală, cum vreţi să-i spuneţi), aşa că problema îi interesează în cel mai înalt grad pe aceia care caută să elaboreze scenarii teoretice cât mai plauzibile privitoare la modul în care se va încheia existenţa Universului (spune-mi ce formă ai ca să-ţi spun cum vei sfârşi).

Dar până şi de vorbit despre asta e extrem de dificil; la scara de necuprins a Universului, discuţia despre formă nu se poartă în termeni ca sferă, cub sau alte denumiri de corpuri geometrice pe care le ştim şi le vedem cu ochii minţii, îndată ce li se pomeneşte numele; nu, aici se discută despre spaţiu topologic, varietate tridimensională, coordonate comobile, geometrie locală, curbura spaţiului şi alte asemenea noţiuni despre care, probabil, nu pot vorbi în cunoştinţă de cauză decât vreo câteva sute de mii de oameni din 7 miliarde şi mai bine, câţi locuiesc pe Terra.

De problema formei Universului se ocupă o ramură a ştiinţei numită fizica cosmologică, iar printre specialiştii în această disciplină există diferite puncte de vedere cu privire la chestiunea în cauză.

Exemple:

  • spaţiul dodecaedric Poincaré, sau sfera de omologie Poincaré; asta e forma pe care o are Universul, după opinia specialiştilor de la Observatorul din Paris (2003). Dodecaedrul este un corp geometric cu 12 feţe pentagonale plane, identice, iar o sferă Poincaré ar fi, cumva, un dodecaedru ale cărui feţe, în loc să fie plane şi cu muchii drepte, ar fi uşor curbate, cu unghiurile puţin modificate, astfel încât forma rezultată să se apropie cât mai mult de o sferă.
  • într-o altă viziune (2004), forma spaţiului este descrisă de aşa-numitul „model Picard”, o varietate (în sens matematic) tridimensională hiperbolică. E greu, nu-i aşa? Poate e mai uşor de închipuit dacă spunem că ar arăta cam ca pâlnia unei trompete (în engleză modelul se numeşte Picard horn), al cărei capăt îngust se tot prelungeşte şi se îngustează la infinit, fiind prea departe de noi pentru a putea fi observat, iar noi „locuim” în partea largă a pâlniei, care constituie ceea ce numim Universul observabil.
  • măsurători realizate recent cu ajutorul sondei WMAP (Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe) au dat rezultate pe baza cărora NASA a declarat. ”Ştim acum [în 2013] că Universul este plat, cu o marjă de eroare de numai 0.4%.”  Dar explică apoi că asta se referă numai la partea care poate fi observată, însă că Universul este cu mult mai mare decât ceea ce putem observa direct; de fapt, ăsta e singurul lucru de care putem fi siguri.

Deci: pâlnie Picard? Sferă Poincaré? Plat la infinit? Nu ştim încă.

Photo credit scitechdaily.com

Câte dimensiuni există în Univers?

Dacă am vorbit, de formă, să vorbim şi de dimensiuni: câte dimensiuni există în Univers? Ne-am obişnuit – mă rog, oamenii de ştiinţă s-au obişnuit şi ne-am luat şi noi după ceea ce spun ei – să considere că în Univers totul se petrece în 4 dimensiuni: trei dimensiuni ale spaţiului, plus cea de-a patra dimensiune – timpul. De aceea se şi vorbeşte despre spaţiu-timp, sau continuum spaţiu-timp. Dar dacă nu sunt numai 4? Dacă sunt mai multe? Câte anume? Le-am putea dovedi experimental existenţa? Sunt aceste dimensiuni o proprietate fundamentală a Universului sau rezultatul aplicării altor legi ale fizicii?

Adevărul e că habar n-avem.

via http://www.ziare.com si http://descopera.ro

It’s International Woman’s Day Today – God created gender to be a living display of some amazing spiritual truths by Mary Kassian

The Amazing Display

Mary Kassian’s Girls Gone Wise Website February, 2011

Every girl knows that beautiful window displays draw us into the store. Right? In this week’s Smart Talk find out why your womanhood is for putting more than YOU on display.

Ever been pulled into a store by what you saw in the display window? God created gender to be a living display of some amazing spiritual truths. Long before He said “Let there be light,” He intentionally planned how He would create man, woman, and male/female relationships to give us insight into eternal things. In this week’s Smart Talk with Mary and Katie, find out why your womanhood is for putting more than you on display!

Think about these questions, write some answers in your journal, and/or discuss them with a friend.

  1. What would most people say is the reason God created two sexes?
  2. Why do you think God chose to display His power and plan through the male-female relationship?
  3. What do you think it means that God wants to relate to you as a Bridegroom to a Bride?
  4. If your womanhood has cosmic significance, then how important is it that you get it right?

Mary Kassian,  http://www.girlsgonewise.com

Read more / Watch video about God’s creation of man and woman here – David Platt – Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

Read – How do I know she’s the one here

Coplesit de Creatia lui Dumnezeu – Da ce mai poate fi si asta? Guess what this is – In Awe of God’s Creation (De 1 martie)

Psalmi 113
113 Lăudaţi pe Domnul! Robii Domnului lăudaţi, lăudaţi Numele Domnului!
2 Fie Numele Domnului binecuvîntat, deacum şi pînă în veac!
3 Dela răsăritul soarelui pînă la apusul lui, fie Numele Domnului lăudat.
4 Domnul este înălţat mai pe sus de toate neamurile, slava Lui este mai pesus de ceruri.
Cine este ca Domnul, Dumnezeul nostru, care locuieşte atît de sus?

Cum sa nu fi coplesit cand vezi asa ceva? Avem un Dumnezeu mare si atotputernic care se implica in cele mai mici detalii, cum o sa vedeti in pozele acestea macroscopice:

Aripa unei libelule – the wing of a Green Darner dragonfly.

Un cristal de sare – crystal of sodium chloride, a.k.a. table salt!

Galaxia noastră “fâlfâie ca un steag în bătaia vântului”

 Calea Lactee si Galaxia Andromeda se vor apropia una de alta in viitorul indepartat (Cele doua galaxii sunt suprapuse una langa alta). Photo credit nasa.gov

Un model tridimensional al distanţelor dintre stele şi al vitezei cu care mişcă acestea a scos la iveală o nouă trăsătură a Căii Lactee: galaxia noastră ondulează în spaţiu, o caracteristică pe care oamenii de ştiinţă nu au putut-o încă explica.

Mişcarea ondulatorie ar putea fi determinată de coliziuni anterioare cu galaxii mai mici sau de acumulări de materie neagră – dar acestea sunt numai ipoteze neconfirmate. Nimeni nu ştie de ce Calea Lactee „flutură” astfel, asemenea unui steag.

Descoperirea cauzei acestei mişcări ne-ar spune mai multe despre istoria galaxiei noastre şi ar contribui la proiectarea mai bună a studiilor asupra galaxiei.

Caleea Lactee este o galaxie spirală mare, cu aspectul unui disc turtit alcătuit din stele şi gaze. Ştim că discul se roteşte orizontal în jurul unei zone centrale, în care se găseşte o gaură neagră supermasivă. Dar, până de curând, nimeni nu ştia dacă discul prezintă şi o mişcare în plan vertical.

Astronomii de la Institutul de Astrofizică Leibniz, din Potsdam, Germania, au examinat date recente obţinute în cadrul  proiectului Radial Velocity Experiment (RAVE), pentru a crea prima hartă 3-D a mişcărilor stelare din galaxia noastră.

Studiul RAVe a inclus aproape o jumătate de milion de stele, răspândite pe o rază de 6.500 de ani-lumină în jurul Terrei.

Astronomii s-au concentrat asupra unui tip special de stele gigante roşii, numite red clump giants, care au aproximativ aceeaşi luminozitate şi, astfel, sunt uşor de comparat între ele atunci când se calculează vitezele lor relative şi distanţele la care se află faţă de Terra.

Apoi, specialiştii au combinat datele RAVE despre mişcarea orizontală cu alte observaţii legate de modul în care stelele se mişcă în sus şi în jos.

Au constatat că stelele mai apropiate de centrul galaxiei se deplasează deasupra şi dedesubtul planului orizontal, în vreme ce stelele mai depărtate de centru se deplasează spre interior.

Mişcările stelelor individuale în interiorul acestor zone sunt haotice, unele stele mişcându-se în direcţii bizare.

Dar, privind din exterior imaginea de ansamblu, secţiunea discului galactic în care ne aflăm se mişcă asemenea unui steag în bătaia vântului.

Este posibil ca această mişcare vălurită să fie efectul unei ciocniri, în trecut, a Căii Lactee cu o altă galaxie, sau ar putea fi produsă în mod activ de două galaxii satelite, numite Norii lui Magellan, care, rotindu-se spirală în jurul Căii Lactee, i-ar putea distorsiona discul.
O altă ipoteză implică existenţa unui nor de materie neagră în jurul galaxiei, iar simulările pe computer sugerează că acesta nu este omogen, ci are o densitate neuniformă, cu grămezi de materie neagră mai dense. Dacă această materie neagră trece prin discul galactic, ar putea produce perturbările observate.

În etapa următoare a cercetărilor, oamenii de ştiinţă vor încerca să afle dacă întreaga galaxie ondulează astfel sau doar regiunea galactică în care se găseşte Pământul; ar putea fi de ajutor, în acest sens, datele ce vor fi oferite de sonda Gaia a Agenţiei Spaţiale Europene, care urmează să fie lansată în acest an.

De asemenea, astronomii vor căuta eventualele urme ale unei coliziuni galactice, pentru a afla dacă acest eveniment a declanşat mişcarea ondulatorie.

Diferitele scenarii vor fi apoi testate prin simulări computerizate. După cum spune Ralph Sutherland, de la  Universitatea Naţională Australiană din Canberra, acest nou mister reprezintă o adevărată provocare pentru teoreticieni şi specialişti în modelări matematice.

Sursa: New Scientist si Descopera.ro

Coplesit de Creatia lui Dumnezeu – Viata – Exceptional Timeplapse Video – Life – In Awe of God’s Creation

1 Timothy 6:13
In the sight of God, who gives life to everything…

1 Timotei 6:13
înaintea lui Dumnezeu, care dă viaţă tuturor lucrurilor…

4K Timelapse – Life from Wanho Lim on Vimeo.

Steaua Nordului (Polaris B) a devenit de 4 ori mai stralucitoare ca in Anitchitate – North Star is 4x brighter than in antiquity

Steaua Nordului (Polaris) la centru (Photo wikipedia)

Timp de secole, Steaua Nordului a fost un important punct de reper pentru călători, atunci când încă nu exista busola. Strălucirea ei era constantă, însă acum acest aspect începe să se schimbe şi astronomii nu înţeleg de ce.

Steaua Nordului devine tot mai strălucitoare, iar acest fenomen s-a intensificat acum aproximativ 200 de ani, scrie Fox News. „Este ceva neaşteptat”, spune Scott Engle, de la Universitatea Villanova din Pennsylvania. El a observat comportamentul ciudat al acestei stele, numită popular Steaua Nordului, dar oficial Polaris B.

Photo credit astronomy.net.ua

În secolul al XIX-lea, oamenii de ştiinţă au bănuit că Polaris face parte dintr-o categorie de stele care pulsează, iar acest lucru a fost confirmat ulterior. Ea este inclusă acum în categoria variabilelor Cepheide, dar, spre deosebire de alte stele din această categorie, Polaris fluctua foarte puţin, de aceea la început nimeni nu şi-a dat seama de asta.

În jurul anului 2000, Engle şi colegii săi au remarcat o schimbare dramatică în strălucirea acestui astru. Comparând mai multe observaţii mai vechi ale acestei stele, ei au înţeles că fluctuaţiile au început în urmă cu câteva sute de ani. În prezent, ea este de peste 4 ori mai luminoasă ca în Antichitate.

Sursa: Fox News via Descopera.ro

via wikipedia

What is the North Star?

The reason Polaris is so important is because the axis of Earth is pointed almost directly at it. During the course of the night, Polaris does not rise or set, but remains in very nearly the same spot above the northern horizon year-round while the other stars circle around it. So at any hour of the night, at any time of the year you can readily find Polaris and it is always found in a due northerly direction. If you were at the North Pole, the North Star would be directly overhead.

The North Star has remained an eternal reassurance for northern travelers over the centuries. But recent and historical research reveals that the ever-constant star is actually changing.

After dimming for the last few decades, the North Star is beginning to shine brightly again. And over the last two centuries, the brightening has become rather dramatic.

„It was unexpected to find,” Scott Engle of Villanova University in Pennsylvania told SPACE.com. Engle investigated the fluctuations of the star over the course of several years, combing through historical records and even turning the gaze of the famed Hubble Space Telescope onto the star.

(In)constant as the North Star
Scientists have known since the early 20th century that the familiar star was part of a pulsating class known as Cepheid variables; its variations were suspected as early as the mid-1800s. But unlike most Cepheid variables, the pulses of Polaris are very small.

„If it had not been so popular as the North Star, we likely wouldn’t have known it was a Cepheid until modern times,” Engle said.

In the early 1990s, scientists realized that the oft-lauded brightness of Polaris was beginning to decline. Engle and his group began to research the star around the beginning of 2000, when they found that the dropping brightness was on the rise again.

„It started increasing rather rapidly,” Engle said.

Curious, the team began to search historical records to see what other measurements they could find. Combing through data from the past century, they compared the information on Polaris with observations of other celestial bodies from the same telescopes and details about the instruments to compare the relative brightness of Polaris over the years. They found that the star had grown brighter over the past hundred years.

The next step was to determine just how far back the increasing brightness went. Engle pursued observations by Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe in the 16th century and Persian astronomer Abd al-Rahaman al-Sufi in the 10th century, using information from historical texts to determine just how bright the star was in the ancient sky.

According to Engle, if we take the measurements of al Sufi and Ptolemy at face value, the North Star has brightened by about two and a half times over the last two centuries. Modern interpretations of the historical data indicate that it could be as much as 4.6 times brighter than it was in ancient times.

Too bright to handle
As they pursued the historical documents, Engle and his team continued to monitor the increasing brightness of Polaris. But they were stymied when a modern CCD device —essentially a very sensitive digital camera—replaced the older imaging device on their telescope. The newer technology was too sensitive to image the bright North Star.

The team relied on observations from amateur astronomer Richard Wasatonic, whose backyard telescope still utilized the less-sensitive imaging equipment. They also obtained observations from astronomers in Croatia and the Czech Republic who still utilized older equipment.

„We have to beg, borrow and steal to find people who use older photoelectric equipment,” Engle said, acknowledging the irony of wanting to use older equipment.

The team ran into similar difficulties when they sought to image Polaris with the Hubble Space Telescope. Even after receiving approval, he said that the HST team was very hesitant to let Engle and his colleagues image the bright star, concerned that the sensitive Cosmic Origins Spectrograph (COS) might suffer.

„They basically said, we know you’ve been approved, but you really have to convince us you aren’t going to damage our instrument,” Engle said.

The HST observations provided insights into the atmosphere of Polaris, which is changing along with its brightness.

Engle presented the results of his ongoing research in a poster session at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

Read more at Foxnews.com

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