I was just reading a NASA press release entitled Free-Floating Planets May be More Common Than Stars"
. It concerns the recent discovery of so-called "Free-Floating Planets". The press release states in part:
Astronomers, including a NASA-funded team member, have discovered a new class of Jupiter-sized planets floating alone in the dark of space, away from the light of a star. The team believes these lone worlds were probably ejected from developing planetary systems.
The discovery is based on a joint Japan-New Zealand survey that scanned the center of the Milky Way galaxy during 2006 and 2007, revealing evidence for up to 10 free-floating planets roughly the mass of Jupiter. The isolated orbs, also known as orphan planets, are difficult to spot, and had gone undetected until now. The newfound planets are located at an average approximate distance of 10,000 to 20,000 light-years from Earth.
"Although free-floating planets have been predicted, they finally have been detected, holding major implications for planetary formation and evolution models," said Mario Perez, exoplanet program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
What I find so amazing regarding this discovery, is the fact that almost two thousand years ago, in the New Testament, in describing the unbelieving Jews who infiltrated the First Century Christian fellowships, the writer Jude made the following comment:
"These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever
Jude 1:12, 13, KJV
While the Bible is not a science textbook per se, when it does make scientific claims, sooner or later, man discovers that they are precise, factual and true. Of course, considering that God is the Creator of the Universe, should we really be surprised by the accuracy of the scientific tidbits which He has chosen to include in His written Word?
The WordWeaver (Bill)
I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. -- Jesus Christ (John 14:6b, KJV)