The sun doesn’t look that big because it’s so far away (93 million miles away!) But, did you know that the sun is huge compared to the Earth? If the sun were the size of a basketball, the Earth would be the size of a small dot 2.2 millimeters across! The photo below puts it in perspective. (The blue sphere represents the Earth. The orange ball represents the sun.)
If an airplane could survive near the 5,800 K photosphere of the sun, its trip around the sun at 600 mph would take 4,522.33 hours … or 6.25 months. Compare that to the 5 1/2 hours it takes to fly from New York to California.
When you add to that knowledge the fact that the sun is a star and many of the the stars we observe in the night sky are even larger than the sun, we can begin to appreciate the magnificence of God’s creation. The stars look like tiny points of light only because they are so far, far away. Did you know that God has named each and every star? Wow!
“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” Psalm 147:4 NIV
I usually take my dog, Henry, for a short walk before we go to bed. I love to look up at the stars and reflect on the greatness of God and His magnificent creation.
I like to think about how huge those stars are and how far away they are. Do you know what you are really looking at when you gaze at the stars?
What appears to be a tiny little star is really a huge celestial ball (some larger than the sun) 4 light years away. That means when you see that star, you are seeing what it looked like 4 years ago because that’s how long it takes the light to travel to where you are standing. That’s far away! Yet we can see it with the naked eye!
(A light-year is the distance a beam of light travels in a single Earth year, or 6 trillion miles (9.7 trillion kilometers).)
“When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
human beings that you care for them?” Psalm 8:3-4 NIV
Related: The Amazing Night Sky
With Love, Cindy
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