The Sign of the Cross
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
In 1990, the Hubble Telescope was launched into orbit 373 miles (600 km) above the earth’s surface. The telescope observes distant space without interfer- ence from the atmosphere or light in the sky from cities. Signals beamed down from Hubble show objects far more clearly than seen before, viewing seven times further away than can telescopes on the Earth itself.
On this day in 1997, newspapers reported that the Hubble Telescope had detected a star that is brighter than 10 million suns, giving out as much energy in 6 seconds as our sun does in a year. It has been called “the Pistol Star” and is in our own galaxy – our own gathering of stars. It is about 25,000 light-years away from us – in other words it takes light 25,000 years to reach us from there. We therefore see it as it was 25,000 years ago.
If this star was placed where our sun is, its diameter is so great that it would ex- tend far beyond Earth’s orbit, to about that of Mars.
Let us reflect and pray about our ordinary vision, and our vision
through telescopes and microscopes.
God our Father,
may the vastness of your creation that we can begin to see
through a telescope,
remind us of the abundance
of your love.
May the lowliness
of the smallest creatures and cells that we can see through a microscope, remind us
of how insignificant – yet special – we appear to be.
May our vision each day
of the world around us
remind us that you so loved the world that you sent Jesus, your Son, tobeoneofus.
In all that we observe,
open our eyes
so that we may really see
and grow in wonder and appreciation.
Our Father who art in Heaven,
Hallowed be thy name;
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses
As we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen
Our Lady Queen of Peace pray for us.
St Joseph pray for us
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.