Big Bang

The Big Bang theory is the scientific explanation for the beginning of the universe.  Many of us are familiar with it: All matter in the universe was contained in a small dot point, which then exploded and expanded to create the constellations.  Earth was created in the process and we’re one planet among trillions in the cosmos.

According to the Big Bang theory, we expect to see a homogenous universe.  This is referred to as the “cosmological constant” and stipulates that the universe is homogeneous with no favored center.

Think of homogenised milk: The milk looks the same wherever you look at it, even after you shake it.  There are no lumps or discolourations in the milk.  Similarly, we expect the universe to look the same, except it doesn’t.

 

The Hubble constant

Scientists have understood this for a while but haven’t explained the implications of their findings very well.  In 1929, Edwin Hubble discovered that galaxies further from the earth were moving away faster from the earth.  The amazing part about it was that these galaxies were moving away faster depending on their distance away from the earth.  This discovery came to be known as Hubble’s constant.  We can observe the relationship between speed and distance in this chart:

hubble constant

The universe is not homogenous because it is expanding at different rates and it has a centre.  But the truly astonishing implication of Hubble’s discovery is that the entire universe appears to be radiating from the earth itself, which would suggest the earth is not just a rock in the middle of nowhere.  There are profound theological implications.

So what did scientists generally think about Hubble’s discovery?  They didn’t like it.  There are two broad views:

One, scientists say that from any point in the universe, we would also expect to see objects move faster away from that point because the universe loops back.  Can this be true?  Not really.  Why?  Because if we were closer to one side of the universe, and then measured the speed of galaxies around us, we would see galaxies moving measurably faster away on one side compared to the other side because we would be moving away from the centre ourselves.  The unique experience of earth is that whichever direction we look into the sky, the galaxies are moving away from us at a constant rate, implying the universe is radiating out from us.

Two, scientists argue that there is some kind of light effect at play: some as-yet-unexplained microscopic phenomenon affecting the light itself.  Scientists are promoting a new concept called ‘three-dimensional time’,

‘The redshift has imprinted on it a pattern that appears to have its origin in microscopic quantum physics, yet it carries this imprint across cosmological boundaries.’ 39

That makes no sense to me and I suspect to most people also.  I would suggest we don’t have to reinvent a new theory of light and time until the simple obvious conclusion that earth is at the centre of the universe, is disproved.  I mean, why bother with finding any other explanation when we already have a perfectly good one?  This all seems sad to me because mainstream science isn’t bothering to fully explaining the implications of the Hubble constant to lay people.  I would have expected these scientists to barrack for team earth because that is what the facts are indicating.

 

Map of the universe

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey team mapped the universe in 2009:

Map of the cosmos generated by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey team.

Map of the cosmos generated by the Sloan Digital Sky Survey team.

Here is the SDSS team’s description:

The map shows a slice through the Universe with the Earth at the centre, and each of the 1 million galaxies in the SDSS Main Galaxy Sample as a point. The points are colour coded by local density to hi-light the cosmic web  (with red points in the highest densities).

Ignore the dark wedges because the SDSS team were unable to map those areas.  Concentrate on the densities of galaxies in the universe, which are the red points.  Not only is the universe not homogenous, there are regions of increased density in both the top and bottom wedges that appear to “encircle” the earth.  In comparison, the below image gives us an idea of what random splatter looks like:

water drops

Is all the above good evidence the earth is at the centre of the universe?  I would say yes definitely.  Does it necessarily indicate the existence of God?  I would say it is definitely pointing towards that direction.  We are not merely an insignificant pinpoint in the cosmos.  We are literally in the centre of the universe.

If you are feeling sceptical, add this to the pile of highly improbable events that are strangely true about our world: Here are more, and thisand this, and this.

Further reading on the subject of earth being in the centre of the universe can be found here.

 

 

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