How Big is the Universe?



Evidence of God is scattered all throughout creation. The Bible () says that mankind is without excuse for the denial of God as his fingerprints are all around us. For me one of the things that always blows my mind about the size of God, then simultaneously humbles me when I realize what value He must place on my soul, is anything that illustrates the size of the universe. And not just the bigness of the universe, but the smallness of the universe in the microscopic. With every discovery they make about the distance and vastness of the measurable universe, they seem to match it with a discovery of something that is smaller than we have ever seen before. When the atom was initially discovered and labeled as the building block of everything, it was thought it did not get any smaller. The word “atom” itself comes from the Greek word atomos, meaning that which cannot be divided. But since then they have discovered that the atom is as big to some thing’s as the Sun is as big to a tennis ball. Amazing isn’t it. How big or small can things get? Does it just keep going?

So how big is the Universe?

I know that for many, this sort of information doesn’t bring any sort of spiritual revelation. All it does is generate scientific type questions about the age of the universe etc etc. But for some reason, and I’m not sure why, things that answer that question of “how big is the universe” and give me a glimpse into the vastness of creation always leave me in awe of the wonders of God. Well a couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon a website that does this better than any other thing I have ever seen. Each time I go and check it out my brain is wiped clean of everything except “oh man, God is ridiculously big!” The website provides a super simple interactive zoom-in/zoom-out style application that allows you to drill down to the smallest known “thing” and then back out to the breadth of the present measurable universe. Everything is shown in relevance to everything else so you can get a real grasp, or as real as our tiny human minds can get anyway, of the vastness of creation as we understand it today. So If you are like me and enjoy learning about the elements of creation that even the best of science can’t fully define, then check out this website. It hasn’t been created to point to God specifically, it’s just a super simple scientific website to help the average Joe get their head around how small, or how big, we are in relation to “things” in the universe. But for me, anything that shows the wonders of the created universe shows the wonders of the Creator himself.

Here is a YouTube video from the makers of the site that shows the application in action, but I totally recommend you go play with it yourself. (Unfortunately, as it is written in Adobe Flash, it will not work on the iPad, so view the YouTube version.) It will give you a chance to look a little closer at some of the items that find their way onto the monster of a ruler. Besides, it’s a lot of fun.

To play with the application itself go HERE. Depending on your connection speed the application might take a minute or two to load.


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UPDATE: This post was written on the 27th of February 2012. Since that time, astronomers have made a discovery that puts the size of the universe into a perspective that makes the ideas here shrink into insignificance. For more about this, read this article.

So, just how big is God? REALLY BIG!

20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.

One thought on “How Big is the Universe?”

  1. Don. This is an amazing reminder of the power and greatness of our Lord. I am reminded of the words of the Psalmist, “Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable” ().

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