Sunscape: Daytime Delight

When reading the Biblical account that God provides on Creation of the Universe, one thing that jumps out is the creation of the Greater Light (the Sun) on Day 4. The moon and stars follow. But it is Day 4!! So the light that God provides in the first days was something He does not describe, but that is not a problem since He is often described in terms of light. Providing directional light during the first 3 days of creation is not an issue for the Master’s hand.

The sun is quite a creation. The more we study it in modern times, the more complex it gets. The more data are gathered, the harder it is to fit into the neat little evolution-based concepts. But what a beauty to be studied!  And now, with telescope optics and filters, a person with some means can study it in a backyard.

That leads us to the quick sketch below that I did with Jack Huerkamp’s little but special Lunt 80 Solar Scope. The day was only clear for a half hour, and we rushed out to his observatory. He set up and I ran to get a sketch pad. Mind you, 15 minutes is really fast and furious to get down on paper what I could see on the monitor, which was hooked to an astro video camera that was mounted to the telescope. It is the same camera I have at home, but I do not have this little but wonderful scope.  The surface was alive with activity. So here is the scanned sketch:


The wonder of it all never escapes me. The opportunity was so very short but perfect. And it makes those scriptures in Genesis 1 come alive. Here I am with a good friend, gazing at the Master’s creation that is central to our life system on earth. The sun’s perfect position, our perfect orbit, and our perfect axis combine to give critical attributes to our created habitat. Furthermore, it is not (as most know) a static star. I could see the huge prominences, the patterns of heat on or near the surface. What a treat! And, what an opportunity, Lord, to study something you created!


Bible reference: Genesis 1:14-18
Tech data on the sketch: Black Artagain Sketch sheet (series 400); pastels
Monitor: small high resolution digital monitor about 5 feet from the scope

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