The Eagle Nebula is a large stellar cloud with a cluster of jewels in the midst. Linda and I have equipment to see a widefield view of this beauty, and it was her request for the night of August 26th to study and sketch it. We started broadcasting the image on Night Skies Network (www.nightskiesnetwork.com) about 9:30 Eastern Daylight Time.
Linda went to work immediately to render the object. We sit about 15 feet apart. She studies from one monitor while I study from another but also run the laptop interface with Night Skies Network. It makes for a busy time but it is just delightful to study such a well known object and work it into an observing sheet. She is very fast at seeing shapes and positions of stellar clouds; I am much slower. While she was finishing the object, I was still at the first steps of my observing sheet but also talking to a small group of viewers how to develop their own study. The steps are to get a basic shape on the paper, adjust the “density” of the stellar cloud on paper like what can be seen on the screen, note anchor stars, and refine the study/sketch as you go. The “audience” can talk to me in the chat box while I respond in audio during the process. It makes for a busy time.
Linda’s sketch is first and mine is last. Take a look, then we will have a little “discussion.”
Can you really “fathom” and object? The verse quoted from Job (above) is a statement of fact, and it’s not the only verse that has this sentiment. The Sun is close; we cannot fathom it either. We know much more than we did a hundred years ago, but the current level of knowledge and measurement is nothing compared to comprehending the hand of God bringing its unique properties into existence on the 4th day of creation. The Eagle Nebula, on the other hand, has clusters of stars, a stellar cloud across thousands of light years, and a placement in the heavens among tens of significant other objects within our galaxy. We see all this from one point of view, one angle, and just a few frequencies. God, on the other hand, has an eternal view of the universe but stoops so very low to make Himself reachable to just one person who might call on Him. Observation on our parts, as a result, is not unlike a one tiny window that gives us one little glimpse of something. Of course, such a view begs the question, “How did He do this?” It is actually quite simple. His command made it happen. The second verse that is referenced is appropriate, because praising Him in His mighty heavens is a good response. We will, and He encourages, study of creation. After all, it bears His signature, or, in other words, is His signature. Even the laws (the limited ones we understand) are part of what was set in place. None of them, however, that we can deduce, do any more than characterize what is there. None have the “power” to create. That is only accomplished one way: by His command.