The Voyager II probe has been sending data from the outer reaches of space for 42 years. Its findings point to a God-centered universe.
[Darris McNeely] I've always been intrigued by space exploration. Recently, we passed a milestone, 42nd anniversary of the launch of a space vehicle called Voyager 2, Voyager 1 alongside about the same time but Voyager 2 just recently passed through a unique point way out in the...in our universe, actually still in our own solar system as it has been moving since 1977 along its trajectory. 1977, Jimmy Carter was president and Apple computer had just been incorporated. A lot of things have happened since then, but this has always been going out there, sending back data back to scientists here in the United States.
Now, just recently, Voyager 2 passed through a point out in the universe called the heliosphere. This point where, as you can see on the right, the green represents the cosmic or the solar field of the sun as it projects out into our solar system. And then beyond that, that particular line out into what is the reddish orangish region is an entirely different region beyond the reach of the sun's solar influence. Voyager 2 passed through that, as you can see by this. It keeps on going. It's actually traveling a million miles a day out into space. And for several years, has projected to continue to go out into space gathering information, radioing it back to the United States and being examined and studied by scientists and advancing the knowledge that we have of this very small portion of our own solar system.
You know what is remarkable as you look at this picture, just represent where it is and to understand with 42 years and hundreds of years to go yet, it will still be in our solar system. It hasn't even escaped what we know is this very small corner of the universe as the area in which earth and all of our planetary system inhabit, and it continues to go out through space. And barring catastrophe, running into comments or other asteroids, it will continue to do so until it runs out of fuel and then it will go dark and silent. But the knowledge that it sends back will be a great help.
As I look at things like this and recognize in a very small way what mankind is able to do and yet how far away we are from really making inroads and fully mapping, understanding, and exploring all that is the cosmos, it's an amazing thing to consider. The infinite spread it seems of a space, the emptiness of space.
I recently did a Beyond Today program called a God-centered universe. When you look at this particular picture, what you see on the right, this solar heliosphere that comes out from the sun actually protects our solar system and that part of our area closer to the earth from a lot of other cosmic debris from penetrating that coming in and creating all kinds of problems for life here on earth. We do indeed live in a very protected cocoon in our corner of the universe.
And it brings to mind what Psalm 19, once again, says, "The heavens declare the glory of God." The more we know, the more we can understand that we indeed are in a God-centered universe and in one sense a God-protected corner of the universe for our life here on earth.
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