Greetings in our Lord Christ Jesus, I write to relate yet another truth linking God's Word to His creation' the Universe. While reading this fine article about the Crab Nebula, I couldn't help but notice the date when human astronomers first spotted this explosion and its remnants, a supernova in 1054 AD.
God's Word tells us that there's war going on in the heavens between Gods good vs, Satan's fallen ones. Gods faithful angels remain in combat to this day. Spotting of the exploding Crab Nebula certainly supports this scriptural truth. Whatever we bind on earth is also bound in Heaven.
It just so happens that on Earth, 1054 AD was notable for the Great Schism, between the bishops of the Eastern Orthodox and the sole bishop or Pope of the Rome based Catholic Church. This split occurred over the rather minor and silly subject of the procession of the Holy Spirit. The Pope responsible for the schism was a poorly educated political hack, whose family had purchased the papacy for him. In his arrogance, he surmised that the Word of God was whatever he thought it should be. Unfortunately, the theology of the Holy Spirit was central to the 'early church fathers'; particularly the Great Cappodocians. This was the final insult the bishops of the east would endure from Rome. The Christian Church remains divided to this very day.
In heaven, the Great Schism of 1054 AD is marked by a supernova explosion creating the beautiful Crab Nebula and witnessed visually by both Chinese and European astronomers. The supernova appeared visible to the unaided human eye during daylight hours in July 1054 at approximately the same time as the eastern bishops voted to remove themselves from communion with the Roman Bishopric.
Second only to the Big Bang itself, the resulting explosion of the stars surrounding the location where perhaps God first spoke creation into being. The Crab Nebula is called by astronomers; the birthing room and nursery of stars.
What do you think of yet another wonderful confirmation of God's Word in the cosmos Marilyn? What new work has begun there since April 12th 2011. I'm not sure yet, but it's all about Israel, the Quartet and the 'peace process' Perhaps, it's a portent of the coming nuclear war in the ME? Its coming soon whatever it means.
Crab Nebula's gamma-ray flare mystifies astronomers
The Crab Nebula has shocked astronomers by emitting an unprecedented blast of gamma rays, the highest-energy light in the Universe.The cause of the 12 April gamma-ray flare, described at the Third Fermi Symposium in Rome, is a total mystery.It seems to have come from a small area of the famous nebula, which is the wreckage from an exploded star.The object has long been considered a steady source of light, but the Fermi telescope hints at greater activity.The gamma-ray emission lasted for some six days, hitting levels 30 times higher than normal and varying at times from hour to hour.While the sky abounds with light across all parts of the spectrum, Nasa's Fermi space observatory is designed to measure only the most energetic light: gamma rays.These emanate from the Universe's most extreme environments and violent processes.The Crab Nebula is composed mainly of the remnant of a supernova, which was seen on Earth to rip itself apart in the year 1054.At the heart of the brilliantly coloured gas cloud we can see in visible light, there is a pulsar - a rapidly spinning neutron star that emits radio waves which sweep past the Earth 30 times per second. But so far none of the nebula's known components can explain the signal Fermi sees, said Roger Blandford, director of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, US."The origin of these high-energy gamma rays has to be some other source," he told BBC News."It takes about six years for light to cross the nebula, so it must be a very compact region in comparison to the size of the nebula that's producing these outbursts on the time scales of hours."Since its launch nearly three years ago, Fermi has spotted three such outbursts, with the first two reported earlier this year at the American Astronomical Society meeting.These events are unleashing gamma rays with energies of more than 100 million electron-volts - that is, each packet of light, or photon, carries tens of millions of times more energy than the light we can see.But the Crab's recent outburst is more than five times more intense than any yet observed.'Big puzzle'What has perplexed astronomers is that these variations in gamma rays are not matched by changes in the emission of other light "colours". Follow-up studies using the Chandra X-ray telescope, for example, showed no variations in the X-ray intensity.Kavli Institute researcher Rolf Buehler outlined the details of the Crab's flashes to the meeting on Thursday."If you look in optical light, the Crab is very steady; in radio emission, it's very steady; in very, very high-energy gamma rays it's very steady. Only in this part between do we see it varying," he told BBC News.Continue reading the main story
FERMI SPACE TELESCOPE
- Telescope has initial 5-year mission, but expected to last for 10
- Looks at the Universe in highest-energy form of light - gamma rays
- Spacecraft is 2.8m (9.2ft) high and 2.4m (8.2ft) in diameter
- Mission is a team-up between Nasa and US Department of Energy
"That's why people hadn't found this before; there was not an instrument like Fermi sensitive enough to capture it."Understanding the flare, however, may take some time, Dr Buehler said."To have something that puts almost all of its energy into gamma rays is an unusual thing," he said. "We're looking at a big puzzle and are probably going to need a couple of years to understand it."The best guess so far is that in a region near the neutron star, intense magnetic fields become opposed in direction, suddenly re-organising themselves and accelerating close-by particles to near the speed of light.As they move in curved paths, the particles emit the gamma rays seen by Fermi.Fermi project scientist Julie McEnery said that the find was a testament to the power of the Fermi telescope to elucidate new physics in the cosmos."It's just so extraordinary that so many telescopes over so many years have been looking at the Crab and it's been constant all that time, and suddenly we discover that it's not," she told BBC News."With Fermi, we have the opportunity to catch it when it's in this extraordinarily flaring state - it really brings home the advantage of having an instrument that looks at the whole sky all the time, because you catch the unexpected."The US-space-agency-managed telescope was launched in 2008. It honours Enrico Fermi, the great Italian-American physicist who worked on the development of the first nuclear reactor and who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1938 for his work on radioactivity.