46 responses

  1. Linda Oliver
    August 1, 2008

    Is there any way I can find a poster for a classroom with this pictured on it! It is just incredible
    Thanks

  2. Ray Fowler
    August 2, 2008

    Linda – I looked around on the web but couldn’t find any. I agree, it would make a great poster.

  3. Mas
    May 29, 2009

    These are just awesome images! My imagination has been stretched to the limit; All I can say is to God be the glory and power and wisdom for ever and ever and ever and ever. Amen.
    Thank you

  4. Ray Fowler
    May 29, 2009

    Mas – I’m glad you enjoyed them and that they helped you in your praise of our great God and creator.

  5. Musa Bimbih
    February 1, 2010

    Hi, Those picture should be enough for mankind to understand that our existance is almost nothing…we can’t see the earth, the sun sometimes or sirius….more we decover, more we look like nothing….Indeed GOD, exists. Indeed, GOD speaks the truth about what HE created…I found a lot of evidance of these discoveries In the QUAN. In the QUAN, it mentioned the lacations of statrs….the Sitius stars, the piercing Star…and so….I was amazed about how detailed is that book. It doesn’t condradict the science….in fact, it has more than what any scientist is looking for…..thank you for the pictures.

  6. Ray Fowler
    February 4, 2010

    Musa Bimbih – I am glad you enjoyed the pictures. I am familiar with the descriptions you mention from the Quran (here is a link for those who are curious: The Piercing Star). However, I would encourage you to look to the Bible and to Jesus Christ for God’s true revelation. When you read through the gospels and see that Jesus truly is God’s Son, and that this amazing universe was created through him, then these pictures will be even more amazing to you. (For example see, John 1:1-3) God bless, Ray

  7. brian upholz
    February 23, 2010

    I like the pictures too.
    I don’t believe in a higher deity though.
    Thank you for the pictures, it is beautiful to a wonder over the marvels of our universe without the need to believe in a higher authority.
    Take care and be well.

  8. Ray Fowler
    February 23, 2010

    Brian – I’m glad you liked the pictures. Thank you for feeling free to share your view. Of course from my perspective, when you miss out on the Creator, you are missing out on the best part! All the best, Ray

  9. M
    June 5, 2010

    I think you have Antares and Betelgeuse reversed in the last image.

  10. Ray Fowler
    June 5, 2010

    M – You’re right! I went ahead and fixed it. Antares used to be bigger than Betelgeuse, but Betelgeuse is larger now. Antares is 800 solar radii, and Betelgeuse is closer to 1,000. (List of largest known stars)

  11. Thor
    June 26, 2010

    How small and petty the gods of earth seem when compared to the wonders and vastness of this universe. The god of the bible, the quran, and the like squabble over small tracts of land, worry about how to sacrifice animals, what day to prayer, which way to face, blah blah blah.

    There’s so much more to this short life than is worth a minute worrying about what happens after.

    I appreciate the comparison but feel you miss the real grandeur of the universe by putting it in comparison to petty, small gods.

  12. Ray Fowler
    June 26, 2010

    Thor – Well, first let me note the irony of a comment slamming the gods from a reader named Thor. And I would agree with you that the Greek and Roman gods of folklore are indeed petty and small.

    But not the God of the Bible. The God of the Bible is majestic in power, glorious in wisdom, beautiful in holiness, loving, kind, compassionate, forgiving, righteous, just and true, magnificent beyond description, worthy of all our deepest honor and praise. Before the mountains were born or he brought forth the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting he is God. (Psalm 90:2) As the Creator and Sustainer of all things, rather than the universe making him look small, the wonders and vastness of this universe only serve to declare his glory. That’s the God I worship.

    As far as issues relating to land, sabbath days and animal sacrifice, these all had their place in the Old Testament to prepare us for the coming of Christ, but now that Christ has come we serve God in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:6)

    Anyway, those are some of my thoughts. I am glad we share a sense of wonder at the universe, and I pray that yours will lead you to know and love the great God who created it all. All the best!

  13. Brett
    July 9, 2010

    In comparison to our sun and then even to Betelgeuse, would the size comparison ratio between the size of an atom compared to the size of an averaged sized full grown man be about the same size comparison as the size of that same man compared to Betelgeuse? Would we be but the size of an atom on the surface of Betelgeuse? Please respond to the above email address. Thank you.

    • Ray Fowler
      July 9, 2010

      Brett – Sorry, but I don’t know. Anyone want to do the math?

  14. Thor
    July 20, 2010

    Ray. You certainly seem intelligent and thoughtful, yet you use quotes that support your view of a majestic god and ignore those that show it to be petty, cruel and the fables of desert nomads in ancient times.

    For example, you quote Psalms 90:2 and then go on to say the Old Testament was prelude to the new testament. You mean you ignore all the old testament or only those that now are “uncomfortable” for a rational 21st human to hold? Like slavery, including selling your own daughter as a sex slave (Exodus 21:1-11), child abuse (Judges 11:29-40 and Isaiah 13:16), and bashing babies against rocks (Hosea 13:16 & Psalms 137:9).

    And how bout that Jesus guy.. a real family man: “If any one comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:26)

    HATE? Geez, not very “Christian” is it?

    Sorry, but picking and choosing good stuff is easy. Reading the whole book, stories and understanding that it was written by people that had no concept of how large and wonderful the universe really is, that had petty issues and advocated killing, enslaving enemy tribes. Nothing in the bible couldn’t have been written by an ancient person. Why aren’t the scared words “Do no harm to anyone” “Do not rape” “Do not commit pedophilia” “Learn the universe, discard things that are false” and so on… You could easily have written a better, more informed “word of god” then what the bible has in it.

    Cheers.

  15. Ray Fowler
    July 21, 2010

    Thor – Yes, I believe the Old Testament is a prelude to the Old, but that does not mean I ignore the difficult passages. The questions you raise are not new and have been dealt with many times before. (For example, see http://www.christianleadershipcenter.org/exod.36.pdf on the slavery issue in Exodus 21.)

    When you study the passages in context and take the Bible as a whole, it is clear that the Bible does not teach or advocate rape, slavery, hate, murder, and child abuse. (Did I leave anything out? :-) ) It is not a matter of cherry-picking verses, but reading the verses in context.

  16. Randy
    August 25, 2010

    You can see the original material for this in a larger size here. http://www.rense.com/general72/size.htm

  17. Ray Fowler
    August 26, 2010

    Randy – Thanks for the link. You can also view the larger images just by clicking on the pictures in this post. I also noticed the rense site has Antares and Betelgeuse switched in the last photo.

  18. SoulReaver
    October 26, 2010

    Thanks for the amazing comparison and pictures.
    give yourself 80 minutes and watch the below video.
    If you watch the whole thing patiently you’ll probably thank
    yourself for the rest of your life.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYMKQKSV0bY

    Help yourself and the ones you care about.
    All the best

  19. Ray Fowler
    October 27, 2010

    SoulReaver – I’m glad you enjoyed the pictures. The YouTube video looks interesting, and I will have to check it out sometime when I have some more time.

  20. Steven
    October 29, 2010

    I think it is so incredible to see how small our planet is compared to objects so large in the universe. Amazing !

  21. Ray Fowler
    October 29, 2010

    Steve – I agree. If you want to read a biblical reflection on this, I encourage you to read the message from Psalm 8 that accompanies this post. Here is the link: Our Place in God’s Creation – Psalm 8

  22. frank burns
    March 5, 2011

    The real truth is that “a real god would have known known better.” –Any normal person today could have written a better Bible — one that would not have to be “dealt with” as you put it. This “dealt with” is convincing only to those who are already psychologically enmeshed in a complex lie.

  23. Ray Fowler
    March 9, 2011

    Frank – Yikes, well if am already psychologically enmeshed in a complex lie I don’t know what I can say that you would be willing to listen to.   :-)

    I guess the bottom line for me is I don’t expect the Bible to be an easy book to digest or to make perfect sense to my limited human mind. If it made perfect sense on a human level, that would present a good case for it being merely a human book and not one that came from the mind of God.

  24. jeffery
    May 19, 2011

    I love your site. It’s thought provoking. I’m a photography teacher and I’d like to use your image of the sun and the planets for a lighting lesson I’m writing for my employer, Photoflex. Here’s the text that will accompany your photo:

    This concept is so important to lighting theory that it justifies restating. Let’s take the example of the sun, which is more than 100 times bigger than the Earth. It’s a big light source, but it’s so far away, that it is only a bright spot compared to the size of a human face. The result is high contrast and hard shadows. When a cloud moves in front of the sun, the effective light source is increased and the light is softened. When the sky becomes overcast, the light source becomes enormous and the wrap around effect makes the lighting very soft, low contrast and virtually shadowless.

  25. Ray Fowler
    May 22, 2011

    Jeffery – The image is not mine, I received it in an email, but you are welcome to use it.

  26. Rickie
    July 5, 2011

    This completely disproves god. I spent two years as a christian, devoted! I’ve been studying christianity in pursuit of truth. The bible alone disproves the existence of an omnipotent creator. I understand some people bare their sanity on belief, but what kills me the most, is the fact almost all christians settle for what they are told about scriptures. Even then almost spl are hypocrites, and the leaders are mere scam artists who prey on our hopes of salvation.
    Passion of the Christ was a touching movie. I felt his pain in suffering alone, as many of us can. What though would you feel towards god if you were to see a move about the rape and pillaging of innocent people? I can give more scripture upon this than about Jesus. Look into your bibles, you want to know truth, study with an open mind, rather than saying, we can know every thing, because a real ever loving forgiving god, wouldn’t leave us a book as controlling as the bible, he wouldn’t confuse us with faith, if he wanted grill to be choice nothing would be said of heaven or hell. The bible controls by fear and hope, a real all loving god would leave a book easily understood by all, simple in its message of pe love and would be a guide relevant for all times, not just when men were sexist and power hungry, wait thats sfull relevant today ooops. Wanna talk for real, e mail me, there are beautiful things in life, the is a positive and negative force, you want to live forever, the only way there is in the hearts you touch in the good you do. Rickie.featherstone@gmail.com

  27. daniel
    December 26, 2011

    okay now the question is how many earths can u fit betelgeuse?

  28. GOD
    August 21, 2012

    So now god made space aswell?
    Wait wasnt Earth flat?
    I hate religions with every fiber in my body , it is a chain that keep human kind from advancing faster.

    Science>>>religion

    Science=REAL

    religion=bed time story for weak minds

    and thats a FACT

  29. Brian Upholz
    August 21, 2012

    I believe in compassionate oneness. No matter what your spirituality is it is your awakenin to living in SPirit that matters. If you live in the lower energy states such as the sexual energy or power energy chakras then you are not living from the heart at all. You are caught in the drama of desire and the wheel spins over and over again. I love this modeling of relative sizes of stars and planets. Whether or not you are spiritual or religious or both, it is my great hope that no one hates anything with every fiber on their body. Only love dissipates hate. And to those who believe religion keeps people from advancing or living in the dark, it is only hate that keeps one living in the dark.

  30. salma
    October 7, 2012

    سبحان الله العظيم

    هَذَا خَلْقُ اللَّهِ فَأَرُونِي مَاذَا خَلَقَ الَّذِينَ مِنْ دُونِهِ بَلِ الظَّالِمُونَ فِي ضَلَالٍ مُبِينٍ

  31. salma
    October 7, 2012

    Such is the Creation of Allah: now show Me what is there that others besides Him have created; nay, but the Transgressors are in manifest error.

  32. Odeikei
    December 12, 2012

    The first time I encountered the facts about the size of the universe was at an Astronomy class at university. I was just fascinated by the sizes, by the fact that even in the Solar system our Earth is merely more than an observational error, and that even our galaxy is only one of the billions of others, each containing hundreds of billions of stars. It really shows the insignificance of mankind, and i find that very important in times when I think about “big things” of my live. You may call that “spirituality”, but I am complitely atheist. I think that that shows us better than anything that we are nothing special, that we are not supreme to animals, palnts, or even rocks in the sense that we are part of the nature in the same way, not some “the best creations” of a creator who are destenied to rule everything.
    Another interesting fact that most of the atoms of our bodys (only excluding hydrogen and helium) have once been a part of a star, where they were born in fusion, or in case of heavier elements than iron, were created in a supernova.
    Anyway I am glad that there are religious persons who are interested in the facts about the world, and not bigot zealots who think science is from the devil.

  33. Brian Upholz
    December 12, 2012

    I noticed in the last comment made by the individual who identifies him or herself with atheism that humans are not so special after all. However, the realization that all forms of life and matter are interconnected is a seed of awakening in existence. It is realizing that all things are part of the sacred dance of life. Belief or no belief in a creator does not prevent one from cultivating the beautiful and transformative qualities of spiritual awakening.
    With metta,
    Brian

  34. Odeikei
    December 14, 2012

    Well I didn’t quite mean that like interconnection in a spiritual way. I meant it like that becouse we are all matter, we are subjected to the same laws of nature as everything else, and there is no escape of this by divine forces. I found out that in many religions one of the main thoughts is that humans were “made to god’s own like”, and thus are supreme. And becouse of this, many are hostile toward knowledge of nature, becouse that shows us how false is that. For example, many religious people cant cope with the fact that humans, however developed, are taxanomically animals. Many of them also cant think that in fact, many animals have cognitition that are in some aspects quite like human cognition.

  35. Hanzilla
    December 14, 2012

    Odeikei,
    Although I’m sure the idea of being made in God’s image contributes to the aversion towards humans being classified as animals, I think a lot of it is simply due to the difficulty most people have of transitioning from common language to technical language. It’s taxonomically correct to call a human an animal, but this is usually demeaning in common language. I think that’s the main reason they can’t cope with the fact that humans are taxonomically animals. I’m a Christian, but I’ve never had a problem with humans being animals in the technical sense of the word, even though I believe mankind was made in likeness of God.

  36. Brian Upholz
    December 14, 2012

    To odeikei’s last post. For a moment try and put aside the word “spiritual”. This is just a word right? Let me explain it this way. If I close my eyes and sit very still and begin to envision the cosmos as I sit very still, I can see all the majesty that is the cosmos. It is within me. It is within us all. It is not my mind per se that sees these things. The universe outside us is really inside us. As the axiom goes, as above so below. I can sense the cosmos within this body and mind and it is this Awareness that brigs me a sense of interconnection. It isnt necessary to compartmentalize such things as being spiritual or non. The spiritual can be found anywhere and in anything. So it’s really just an interpretation, or even beyond that its just how finely tuned your awareness is of all that is. No need to feel we are nothing of significance. No need to feel we are supreme. However we are the architects of our own reality and thus we must be our own lamps to illuminate our own path.

  37. BlueOwl358
    October 4, 2013

    I have looked at these images on different places and websites, but I can never stop looking at them. I mean wonder, man can’t even imagine this! This is a clear sign from the Lord, God is most great! He is most great, most great, most great.

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