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The Hubble Telescope has given us far-reaching views of the universe, but the Hubble itself has its own remarkable story. When the first images from Hubble were received in 1990, NASA scientists realized there was a very small, but significant flaw in the mirror. NASA was able to correct this mistake so Hubble could send amazing images from space; but it was an extraordinary achievement that required astronauts installing five pair of corrective mirrors (Hubble’s corrective lenses) in a space walk in 1993.
Read more about Hubble’s mirror flaw

Important lesson learned: Check, double-check, triple-check.  It could save a tremendous amount of trouble!

hubble Pillars of Creation

Taken on April 1, 1995, “Pillars of Creation” was named one of the top ten photographs from Hubble by space.com.

Stunning images received from Hubble

 

Pillars of Creation” is a photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula some 6,500-7,000 lights years from Earth.  NASA scientists named this nebula “Pillars of Creation”, because the gas and dust are in the process of forming new stars.

The phrase “pillars of creation” originated in a sermon given by an English Christian minister to describe the birth of Jesus Christ.  ​

And now wonder, ye angels, the Infinite has become an infant; he, upon whose shoulders the universe hang​s​…he who created all things, and bears up the pillars of creation.”​
Charles Spurgeon​ (1834-1892)

​Bible reading:   Genesis 1​

Questions:

  1. Do you know the meaning of the word “Genesis”?
  2. What is your personal belief about how the universe began?  What other theories have you heard?
  3. If you were going to describe how the universe was created, what words would you use?
  4. What do you think the Bible is saying in Genesis 1?
  5. What phrases are repeated again and again in Genesis chapter 1?
  6. If you could ask God one question about the universe, what would it be?  ​

For further discussion:  How does Genesis 1 answer the five W’s about creation?

Who?  What?  When?  Where?  Why?

Read more about “in the beginning” in John chapter 1.

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