Largest planetary system beyond our sun detected
The largest known solar system beyond our own has been discovered around a sun-like star 127 light years away.
Five planets have been confirmed in the system with evidence pointing towards the presence of two more. Dr Christophe Lovis summarized the find saying ”This remarkable discovery also highlights the fact that we are now entering a new era in exoplanet research: the study of complex planetary systems and not just of individual planets.”
The planetary system is believed to be the largest ever detected beyond the sun. Astronomers have confirmed the presence of five planets and have tantalizing evidence of two more. View: Full article
This seems to be a perfect discovery for me to quote my favorite Christian Philosopher Erich Sauer who though he is revered by mainstream theologians they quite often overlook and directly contradict him: Erich wrote these words over 50 years ago.
“”Now to what end do these worlds exist in etherial space? Has God any pleasure in dead matter? Is He not the God of the living? Can any inanimate matter praise Him, the Lord of all life? (Psalm 30:9). Or is not rather the starry world of God everywhere filled with personal life?
In fact, if only our small earth, this speck of dust amidst the whirling suns of the universe, carries organic life, “then in meaningless contrast to it stands millions of dead colossi. Then were the immense universe a limitless extinct waste, in which only on this tiny earth, as a marvellous exception, the solitary flower of life blooms.” Then the fiery splendour of the millions of suns, which yet illuminate nothing, were only “a vast meaningless and purposeless firework in the dead universe,” and all the stars and heavenly bodies were burning or burnt-out craters!
Quite otherwise speak the prophets and apostles of the divine revelation. The Word of God knows of thrones and lordships, of principalities and authorities (Col. 1:16), of sons of God and morning stars (Job 38:7), of the host of the high in the height (Isaiah 24:21), of Cherubim and Seraphim (Rev 44:6-8, Isa.6:2,3), of archangels and angels (Jude 9, Rev 5:11, 12:17). And all these it describes by the same term, “the host of heaven”, as it uses for the stars.
From this viewing and naming of the two together we perceive a reference of a more profound nature. For otherwise how could “the morning stars” sing together, and at the same time shout for joy with the “sons of God”? (Job 38:7) How could the starry world worship the Creator? Will the dust praise Him? Will it proclaim His truth? But “Thou art the existing one, Jehovah alone! Thou hast made the heavens, the heaven of heavens, and all their host, the earth and all that is thereon… and thou makest these all living, and the host of heaven worships thee” (Neh.9:6)””