A new film from the Hayden Planetarium contains images from the Digital Universe Atlas, a technological wonder described as a four-dimensional map of the universe. It takes viewers on a simulated journey from the top of the Himalayas through our atmosphere, into the inky black of space, past the boundaries of the solar system, beyond our galaxy, to the very edge of the visible universe.
Ten years into the 21st century, man’s view of the cosmos is rapidly expanding, revealing a universe of immensity and order, the extent of which exceeds all that was previously imagined.
Sacred scriptures teach that God created the heavens and the earth, that He organized worlds without number, that He did so for purposes known to Himself, and that while the celestial objects are innumerable to mortal men, yet He knows how many they are, and where they are, for they are His.
In the poetic language of the Old Testament, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. (Psalm 19:1-3)
And the Book of Mormon teaches, “All things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator.” (Alma 30:44)
Those who enjoy this subject matter may may wish to read my earlier post, Planetary Visions Provide Glimpse of an Eternal Creation, which is still available for viewing on these pages.