Proof of God II: Dark Matter
A new image illustrating “dark matter” has been revealed by scientists. Dark matter is conjectured to explain something scientists observe of the universe…there is more gravity than what we can see accounts for. IE there appears to be invisible “stuff” throughout the universe that exerts gravity, but otherwise cannot be seen or detected. The picture above illustrates the first direct scientific proof that dark matter exists. Why is this important? Because without dark matter galaxies and eventually the universe itself would just fly apart. And the existence of dark matter is also considered more proof that the Big Bang actually occurred. Pretty heady stuff, if it pans out this is a major scientific breakthrough in our understanding of the universe.
Sometimes dark matter even “clumps up” and we can see where there is more of it, which is what the picture illustrates. The picture is of two clouds of galaxies colliding. The red is the gas riding the shock wave from this titanic collision. (This cosmic collision may be the most energetic event since the Big Bang that created the universe.) The artificially coloured blue areas are where gravitational lensing is distorting the view of background galaxies, so there’s something there even though we can’t see it!
What the heck is dark matter anyhow? Invisible stuff that permeates the universe, but cannot be seen or detected except for the gravitational influence it has on the universe and everything in it? Stuff that is responsible for holding the very fabric of our known universe together? Maybe we need to stop looking for the literal Face of God in the heavens, dark matter may be the invisible hand of God for those who would see:
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.
— Colossians 1:15-17
(Use of the above historically important image is claimed as Fair Use under US copyright law. It is properly attributed, it is not being used for profit, and is central to the subject matter of the post.)