Monday, March 8, 2010

The Heavens Declare the Glory of God . . .

Modern technology enables us to see what the Psalmist was telling us in a way no single human has ever been able to accomplish before. For almost two years, Axel Mellinger has worked on combining over three thousand individual photographs of the night sky taken with CCD's (charge-coupled devices, which convert the light signals into digital information) from various dark-sky locations in Michigan, Texas and South Africa. The result is a stunning presentation of the heavens' glory in all its grandeur, which one may click and zoom in on at will to see the amazing level of detail:

To experience the fully zoomable version, go to this site, where there is more information about the process, together with a link to a different (Mercator) projection format. Enjoy!


  1. "and the firmament proclaims his handiwork." Psalm 19

    One needs only to be at sea or in the wilderness on a dark night to see His work and understand.


  2. One of the great blessings of our move from SoCal to South Dakota is the lessening of haze & city light, granting a more abundant view of the skies at all hours. And yes, it lifts my heart in praise of God! Thanks for this awesome post - puts all our ugly church troubles in some perspective!