Facts about this image to keep in mind:
1. Each tiny dot in the image is a star, that could have its own solar system. Don’t bother counting. There are an estimated 100 million stars in this image alone.
2. The Andromeda galaxy is about 2.5 million light-years from Earth, which means it takes light 2.5 million years to span the distance. Compare that to light from the sun, which takes only 8 minutes and 17 seconds to make the trip to Earth.
3. Scientists estimate the Milky Way and Andromeda are two of the universe’s 100 billion galaxies.
4. The Hubble Space Telescope is powerful enough to show individual stars in this 61,000-light-year-long stretch of the galaxy. NASA scientists compared it to photographing a beach and showing individual grains of sand.
May our growing knowledge of the universe make our hearts swell with worship to the Creator God.