Forbes Magazine reported today that astronomers at the European Southern Observatory were able to capture a direct infrared image of a planet outside our solar system – 300 light years away.
Astronomers believe that this planet, HD 95086b, will teach us new things about how planets are formed.
It’s very exciting to think that science has come so far that we are able to not only identify stars and planets outside our own solar system, but are now able to directly image them by telescope, thus expanding our understanding of what exists beyond what has previously been possible.
This discovery brings to mind the words of David several thousands years ago and recorded in the Bible in Psalm 139
You have searched me, Lord, and you know me.You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.