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When the solar system formed out of its dust cloud, the Galaxy had already existed in much its present shape for some ten 22 In the Beginning… billion years. The sun is, in fact, a “second-generation star” formed out of a cloud of dust and gas that contained within it the remains of earlier stars that had lived out their lifetimes and exploded, strewing their material into space. If we leave that discrepancy out of consideration, there remain two points to be made out of this “Chaos-into-Cosmos” progression, which the Biblical tale of creation and the scientific view have in common.

The entire cycle is an extremely complicated one and is hard to predict in detail (as any weather forecaster knows by experience), but it is a completely closed cycle, and the rain is as much “below the firmament” as the seas and rivers are. 8 And God called the firmament Heaven. 25 And the evening and the morning were the second day. 46 In the Beginning… 25. Here is a clear indication that the first verse of Genesis is simply a summary of what is to follow. The first verse reads, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,” but, actually, “the heaven” is described as being created on the second day.

Those wavelengths make up only a small fraction of the whole, and there are wavelengths both longer and shorter that cannot be detected by our eyes and that do not appear as light. All matter radiates these wavelengths in a wide range, the peak level being at some particular wavelength determined by its temperature. Matter not hot enough to produce wavelengths short enough to appear as light will produce longer wavelengths of infrared light or still longer wavelengths of microwaves or yet longer wavelengths of radio waves.

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