USA - Astronomers Wrong About Number of Galaxies

Arno Froese

Can astronomers be so wrong about the number of galaxies in the universe?

What if the universe is a little darker than expected, counting way less galaxies than previously estimated for years?  

It seems so, according to new data harvested by NASA’s New Horizon spacecraft.

Leaving the illuminated inner solar system is the best way to determine just how many galaxies may exist in the unseen distance—which is exactly what New Horizons did.

Indeed, a previous measurement by the Hubble Space Telescope suggested there were 2 trillion galaxies spread across the universe. 

But the latest discovery counts only hundreds of billions of galaxies instead.

The new NASA mission estimated the number of galaxies to be half of what had previously been estimated for years, in a new study published in The Astrophysical Journal and presented at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, this one virtual.

“Take all the galaxies Hubble can see, double that number, and that’s what we see—but nothing more,” said lead study author Tod Lauer, an astronomer at the National Science Foundation’s National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory, in a statement.

-www.jpost.com, 14 January 2021

Arno's commentary

When speaking of science, it should be absolute. But quite apparently, it is not; it’s just temporary. As Todd Lauer says, “And that’s what we see—but nothing more.” Sometime down the road, something new will come up, presented as scientifically true, but again proven wrong. 

The apostle Paul advises his spiritual son with these words: “O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called” (1 Timothy 6:20). When it comes to the universe, there is much more than any scientist will ever discover. The Lord God, the Creator of heaven and earth, asks these questions to Job: “Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons? Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?” (Job 38:31-33). 

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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