Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Galaxies 400-800 Million years after Big Bang (3-6% life of Universe)

The Universe is 13.7 Billion years old. So 400-800 Million years is 3-6% of the life of the Universe or on a 24 hour scale about 1am -2am.

Astronomers at the Space Telescope Science Institute today have the deepest portrait of the visible universe ever achieved by humankind. Called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field (HUDF), the million-second-long exposure reveals the first galaxies to emerge from the so-called "dark ages," the time shortly after the big bang when the first stars reheated the cold, dark universe.


19. Comment #27123 by Rtambree on March 23, 2007 at 8:07 am

Another debating point could be scored by showing the audience a picture of Hubble Ultra Deep Field - it's the furtherest we've seen in the Universe.

Once you explain to your audience what it is they're looking at (galaxies not stars), then ask your theist opponent how he can still hold seriously the notion of a personal God.

I've used it a few times with believes and because it's an ACTUAL PHOTO (not just logical arguments), it works well in instilling doubt.

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