31 Glorious Photos of the Universe Alongside Sacred Scripture

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“The heavens declare the glory of God.” Psalm 19.1

Indeed they do.

Below are 31 mind blowing photos of the vast universe God has created, interspersed with quotations from Scripture.

Consider spending some time meditating on what these images mean about our human existence, particularly in light of the Scripture included. You may even experience your own “Overview Effect.”

All of these pictures are real. You can click on any picture to enlarge it.

1) Over 5,000 galaxies in one photo, some so distant you’re seeing them when the universe was 5% its current age

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2) Two merging galaxies

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3) Messier 104, known as the “Sombrero Galaxy”

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4) A group of galaxies

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And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. (Genesis 1.3-4)

5) A galaxy with a “halo” of dust

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NASA / Public Domain

6) That pale blue dot in the middle of the right most stripe? That’s Earth, photographed by the spacecraft Voyager 1 about 4 billion miles away

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NASA / Public Domain

7) A stellar jet in the Carina Nebula

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8) The star-crowded center of the Milky Way galaxy

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He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. (Psalm 147.4)

9) In the center is the remnant of a supernova (exploding star)

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10) The galaxy Messier 77

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11) A dwarf galaxy (only a few billion stars, rather than a few hundred billion, as in our galaxy)

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12) A star-forming region

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For by Jesus Christ all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1.16-17)

13) The “Antennae Galaxies” (two galaxies interacting with each other)

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14) A “flocculent spiral galaxy” (lacking well defined arms)

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NASA / Public Domain

15) Messier 82, a “star burst” galaxy

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16) The death of a star that was five times the size of our Sun

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God’s invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. (Romans 1.20)

17) A group of gigantic stars

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18) Two interacting galaxies

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19) A massive cluster of galaxies

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20) With Saturn in the foreground, that little blue dot is Earth

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Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. (Job 38.4)

21) The Orion Nebula

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NASA / Public Domain

22) A pillar of dust in the Eagle Nebula

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NASA / Public Domain

23) Another star-forming region, in a nearby galaxy

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24) A dust cloud in our galaxy

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. (John 1.1-3)

25) A massive group of stars and dust

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26) Part of the Tarantula Nebula

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27) The Ring Nebula

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28) Two star clusters (the big one in the middle, and a smaller on in the bottom right)

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Bless the Lord, stars of heaven; sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever. (Daniel 3.63)

29) The Monkey Head Nebula

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NASA / Public Domain

30) The Hourglass Nebula

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NASA / Public Domain

31) A polar ring galaxy

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Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise him in the heights!

Praise him, all his angels; praise him, all his hosts!

Praise him, sun and moon, praise him, all you shining stars!

Praise him, you highest heavens, and you waters above the heavens!

Let them praise the name of the Lord!

For he commanded and they were created. And he established them forever and ever; he gave a decree, and it shall not pass away. (Psalm 148.1-6)