How the Universe?

The Observable Universe (A Zoom Out from Earth)

The universe is much, much, much bigger than you may think it is. I personally find it inconceivable – my finite brain does not register infinity. The observable universe, as we know it today, is 14 billion years old – this means that we can see 14 billion light-years into the universe. Within this universe are billions of galaxies, each containing billions of stars. The Earth, and our Solar System, is nothing but a microscopic dot within the universe. Here are some mind-blowing facts about the universe that may help you put its vastness into perspective.

  1. There are more stars in the universe than the number of individuals grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth combined.
  2. The universe began at a single point in time and space (the Big Bang), but has been expanding since the beginning of time.
  3. Its diameter spans across 150 billion light years.

As I contemplated about the universe, a couple thoughts came to my mind. Maybe the readers of this post can ponder them too.

  1. How did the big bang happen? How did we go from nothing to something? How did we go from absolutely zero to infinity?
  2. Are we just mere coincidence? Are we just products of atom collision and random chance? Or is there more meaning to life?
  3. What is the likelihood of us being here at this moment? It seems like every collision had gone just the right way for us to exist? Is there a Creator behind the universe? Is there a design to it?

We may never know the answers to these questions for certain, but they’re worth thinking about for sure.

One thought on “How the Universe?

  1. Phillip, these are great philosophical questions. I love that astronomers surrender to the fact that there are things that they will never be able to comprehend, calculate or observe!


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