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The Heavens Declare the Glory of God by Mondo Gonzales
Join Mondo Gonzales as he guides you on an amazing journey through the universe. Not only are the graphic images and animations stunning, but examining what the Bible has to say about the heavens will educate and encourage you more than you know. In this DVD you will learn:
- How close we are to the nearest star
- How long it would take for us to get there
- The staggering size of our universe
- The basics of astronomical distances
- How and when God made the stars
- About the glory of God as seen through the heavens
- The ways in which God uses the size of the universe to teach us about Himself
- And much more!
The Stargazers Guide to the Night Sky by Jason Lisle
If you have ever looked up into the night sky and wanted to know more about what you are seeing, this book is for you. There is something about the night sky that captures the imagination and evokes a sense of awe and wonder. And our appreciation of the magnificence of Creation is enhanced as we learn about the cosmos. But what many people do not realize is that many of these celestial wonders are within the range of a small telescope. You just have to know where to look. Even without any optical aid there are countless celestial treasures that can be seen with the eye—if you know where to look for them.
Find Orion, a well known constellation and within it you can easily see the red supergiant star, Betelgeuse, over three trillion miles away without binoculars or a telescope! At 60,000 times the diameter of the Earth it is a celestial sight! Or marvel at our galaxy, the Milky Way, shining brightly overhead in late summer as you see the dark patches of dust, as well as light spots containing entire star clusters!
This hardback book is designed for everyone from students to amateur astronomers. Learn the best ways to observe the planets and stars and discover how to choose the best telescope. It includes 150 beautiful, full-color star-charts and other easy to use illustrations for success.
How do the phases of the moon work? When will the next solar eclipse take place? What is that bright star setting in the west? How do I find Saturn? What sorts of objects can be seen with binoculars? These questions and many more are easily answered with the helpful tips and basic understanding of astronomy presented in this book. Take a few moments to stand and look up at the glorious night sky, appreciating the majestic beauty of God’s vast universe.
Dr. Jason Lisle earned his Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics and Astronomy from Ohio Wesleyan University, as well as a Master’s and PhD in Astrophysics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
The Orion Galaxy 16X20 Metal Print
As our new astronomical observatory gets up and running at full speed, a once-in-a- lifetime, world-class gift from a friend of the ministry, many people have asked us for copies of the images, captured with the specialty cameras that enable us to enjoy God’s magnificent Universe. After some experimentation, we’ve decided to go with metal prints which are more expensive than traditional paper prints, but require no expensive framing. These images now fill the walls of Mondo’s office and our conference room with more to come. Mondo spends many late nights scanning the heavens, identifying far away galaxies and capturing the images we see in these metal prints.
The first print is the colorful Orion Nebulae, approximately 1,500 hundred light years away from Earth. Here is NASA’s description.
This dramatic image from January 2006 offers a peek inside a cavern of roiling dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming. The image, taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard the Hubble Space Telescope, represents the sharpest view ever taken of this region until this time, called the Orion Nebula. More than 3,000 stars of various sizes appear in this image. Some of them have never been seen in visible light. These stars reside in a dramatic dust-and-gas landscape of plateaus, mountains, and valleys that are reminiscent of the Grand Canyon.
The Orion Nebula is a picture book of star formation, from the massive, young stars that are shaping the nebula to the pillars of dense gas that may be the homes of budding stars. The bright central region is the home of the four heftiest stars in the nebula. The stars are called the Trapezium because they are arranged in a trapezoid pattern. Ultraviolet light unleashed by these stars is carving a cavity in the nebula and disrupting the growth of hundreds of smaller stars. Located near the Trapezium stars are stars still young enough to have disks of material encircling them. These disks are called protoplanetary disks or “proplyds” and are too small to see clearly in this image. The disks are the building blocks of solar systems.
The bright glow at upper left is from M43, a small region being shaped by a massive, young star’s ultraviolet light. Astronomers call the region a miniature Orion Nebula because only one star is sculpting the landscape. The Orion Nebula has four such stars. Next to M43 are dense, dark pillars of dust and gas that point toward the Trapezium. These pillars are resisting erosion from the Trapezium’s intense ultraviolet light. The glowing region on the right reveals arcs and bubbles formed when stellar winds – streams of charged particles ejected from the Trapezium stars – collide with material.
The faint red stars near the bottom are the myriad brown dwarfs that Hubble spied for the first time in the nebula in visible light. Sometimes called “failed stars,” brown dwarfs are cool objects that are too small to be ordinary stars because they cannot sustain nuclear fusion in their cores the way our Sun does. The dark red column, below, left, shows an illuminated edge of the cavity wall.
The Orion Nebula is 1,500 light-years away, the nearest star-forming region to Earth. Astronomers used 520 Hubble images, taken in five colors, to make this picture. They also added ground-based photos to fill out the nebula. The ACS mosaic covers approximately the apparent angular size of the full Moon.
Why are we scanning the heavens and photographing God’s Creation? Here’s a link to Mondo’s original article on the Psalm 19 Project. Since then it’s given us an opportunity to refute Flat Earth teachings, discuss the real meaning of the Firmament, and give all the glory to God. We’ve asked ourselves what purpose God had in creating these glorious images. Mondo’s response? God is just showing off! FYI, the Scripture verse, Psalms 19:1 appears on the final print.
The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.