How not to see in it, in addition to the greatness of Creation, the greatness of the human being, made “in the image and likeness” of the Creator?
When Albert Einstein said that “God does not play dice with the universe”, he was not only opposed to the theory of the random beginning of the cosmos, but also advanced what this week the first photographs captured by the James Webb Space Telescope.
Are so beautiful and so overwhelming photographs that no one, absolutely no one, could maintain that what we are seeing with this lens on the so-called background universe, could have been the product of chanceof a blind encounter between electromagnetic forces.
And the sameStephen Hawking, not exactly a believer, he said with the open mind of a scientist who realizes that the mystery is just that: a mystery; therefore not susceptible to an accurate, scientific, objective description: “The universe not only has a history, but any possible history”. Indeed, the story of a Creator.
Neither Einstein nor Hawking could see what the james webb is giving us now. Surely they imagined it. For example, the edge of a young star-forming region called NGC 3324 in the Carina Nebula which, at first glance, looks like a photograph of a mountainous region with the luminous edges of a cluster of cities on the ridge.
In fact, the James Webb is revealing to us for the first time in human history the areas of star birth and, as the Nobel Prize for Literature once expressed, the RussianJoseph Brodsky in a dialogue with Peter Vail about his christmas poems: “There where it all began is where it all begins”.
The eternal silence of infinite spaces
In the Creed, Catholics proclaim that God is “creator of the visible and the invisible”. The telescope is revealing to us what was previously invisible and is making it visible to us as SMACS 0723, a conglomerate of galaxies that has the ability to magnify and distort the light of objects behind them.
Wave South Ring Nebula, a gasified cloud expanding around a dying star; or the Stephan’s Quinteta group of five galaxies with millions of young stars and star birth regions from which astronomers now have the details of a cosmos unmatched in its composition and capacity for wonder.
“Each of us is precious, in a cosmic perspective. If someone disagrees with your opinions, let them live. In a trillion galaxies, you won’t find another like it.”Carl Sagan once said, focusing on the unique fact of personal uniqueness and earthly uniqueness.
What the James Webb Telescope is now showing is simply overwhelming. Before the millions and millions of possible worlds, before the “eternal silence of infinite spaces” that frightens us (Pascal), How not to see in it, in addition to the greatness of Creation, the greatness of the human being, made “in the image and likeness” of the Creator?
Little by little, as the telescope unfolds its capacity to capture the universe not as it is today, but as it was billions of years ago, it will be complicated, complex, perhaps useless, for man and science not to bend the knee before the miracle of the “deep universe”. And do not see in him the presence of God.
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Webb: Images from the deep universe that make you bow your knees to the Creator