Saturday, August 25, 2007

Whatever He Pleases

Whenever scientists make discoveries that confound traditional cosmology, the mainstream media will normally do precious little to make it known.  But this will certainly stir the astrophysical pot for a while:

Astronomers have found an enormous hole in the Universe, nearly a billion light-years across, empty of both normal matter such as stars, galaxies, and gas, and the mysterious, unseen "dark matter." While earlier studies have shown holes, or voids, in the large-scale structure of the Universe, this new discovery dwarfs them all.

And of course, when objective science can't explain things, just be sure to invoke unconfirmed theories like that of dark energy, calling it enigmatic:

"Photons of the CMB* gain a small amount of energy when they pass through a region of space populated by matter. This effect is caused by the enigmatic 'dark energy' that is accelerating the expansion of the Universe. This gain in photon energy makes the CMB appear slightly warmer in that direction. When the photons pass through an empty void, they lose a small amount of energy from this effect, and so the CMB radiation passing through such a region appears cooler."  *(Cosmic Microwave Background radiation) (source).

Yes, enigmatic.  What is so fascinating about such articles as these is the absolute confidence with which they are written.  What would be helpful is if they could establish dark matter and dark energy as a confirmed scientific reality before incorporating such things into cosmological models.  But instead, here's some real cosmology for you:

Psalm 115:2-3: 2 Why should the nations say, “Where, now, is their God?” 3 But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.

End of discussion.