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I am now a simple Grandpa who's life is made richer as each grandchild is born. My wife and I have raised five children and the 30 year love labor of raising them has begun to yield sweet fruit..... And then there are fruits of 30 years in ministry ... I am a satisfied old man full of the joy of the Lord.

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Molecular Cloud Barnard 68

Nobody knows where these clouds of molecular dust come from but we have at least discovered that they are there. These are areas where stars are still being formed. This one happens to be pretty close to earth (in astronomical terms). We know this because you do not see any stars in the foreground.

You can see through this cloud in infrared and thus see the stars "hidden" by the cloud. Pretty amazing stuff huh?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool. Your postings are myriad. I love it.

9:53 PM, April 10, 2006  
Blogger Douglas said...

Astronomers go on and on about "dark matter" and "dark energy," matter and energy that seems like it should be there, but hasn't shown up in the celestial accounting books yet. This molecular cloud seems to be some of that dark matter.

It is the glory of God to hide things, and the glory of kings to find things out.

8:01 PM, April 13, 2006  

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