Astronomers with the Hubble telescope, instead of focusing on some known part of the heavens, zoomed in on “nothing.” It was one of the empty spaces between stars where all was just black. They stayed on it for 11 days. What they got was the image above. It includes 10,000 objects, mostly galaxies, at least one 13 billion light-years away.
It’s the deepest space man’s equipment has been able to fathom yet, but one gets the idea it goes on from there. And on. And on.
I’m reminded of the cosmological question by the student to the Indian sage. He asked, “What holds the world up?” The sage, “It’s sitting on the back of an elephant.” The student asked, “What does the elephant stand on?” to which the sage answered, “It stands on the back of another elephant.” The student asked again, “What does that elephant stand on?” Finally the master replied, “Son, it’s elephants all the way down.”*
Solves everything, right? Now where did I put my keys?
I like better the psalmist’s approach, acknowledging God:
When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?**
That’s mystery enough for me. Whether or not I find my keys.
* The story is usually told with turtles, but the elephant version carries more weight, (ha), and they have better memory!
** Psalm 8:3,4 (KJV)