Wednesday, 16 May 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.

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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.
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2004/07/image/a/

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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