The Heavens And Astrophysics

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The word “heavens” , the original meaning is “sky” or “firmament” from Middle Englishheven”. The ancients probably had it right to equate the firmament to heaven if we are to trust new astrophysics scientific findings about all of creation (our universe and others).

A keen interest in the creation of everything continues in our days. Three American’s received the 2017 Nobel Peace prize in physics for having detected the gravitational waves of two colliding “black holes”. But what are black holes and what do they have to do with heaven and multiverses?

For many years, scientists have increasingly become interested in researching the concept of consciousness, God and life after death. This interest began to intensify with the formulation of the Quantum Theory which presents the possibility of multiple universes or alternate realities. Could one of these realities be the “heaven” of the Bible and other religions?

Lest the reader think that these ideas are more apt for sci-fi movies and novels than a serious inquiry, it is important to note that the concepts of multiverses and parallel universes are the subject of intense study and interest by many mainstream theoretical physicists and other reputable scientists such as astronomers and medical doctors from many universities and research facilities around the world.

But, what are multi-universes or multiverses as they are commonly known? Imagine a universe as a soap bubble that develops a hole that becomes a conduit through which a new bubble (universe) is formed. This new bubble, in turn, develops another conduit which forms another universe (bubble), and so on, so that there can be several of these bubbles existing close to one another.

The continuous formation of universes may be due, in astro-physics terms, to the creation of black holes (many have already been observed) from the collapse of giant stars due to an increase in their gravity. Because photons of light cannot escape this super strong gravity, these holes always appear dark, thus the term “black hole”. The “mega gravity” that these black holes generate swallows the initial star and its planets, which further increases the density and gravitational pull of the black hole that then attracts and gobbles up nearby stars and planets. The exponentially increasing gravitational intensity of this “hole” swallows an increasing number of stars and planets, and the process of increased gravity that creates a greater mass which in turn produces greater gravity continues to expand the “hole” “ad infinitum”. This increasing amount of matter going into a black hole has to go somewhere, and, theoretical physicists argue, produce a “big bang” as they exit the “parent universe” to form a new universe. Each black hole presents a new point of singularity and a new possibility of the creation of a new universe.

The explanation of the role of Quantum Physics in the theory of multiverses can be stated as follows: Everything in our universe and world, including us, is made up of entangled sub-atomic particles. This already entangled matter in the parent universe that leaves to form another universe, may conceivably maintain the entanglement or oneness with the matter left behind in the parent universe. Sir Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal of Britain, states: “Our universe may be just one element- an atom, as it were- in an infinite ensemble: a cosmic archipelago. Each universe starts with its own big bang, acquires a distinctive imprint (and its individual physical laws) as it cools, and traces out its own cosmic cycle…..” Such a considerable claim, i.e., the existence of multiple universes and the way they are created, requires more than logical arguments based on the observation of the existence of black holes and the entanglement of sub-atomic particles.

In 2015, Dr. Ranga-Ram Chary and other scientists from the Californian Institute of technology (CalTech) reported the possibility of having found an alternate universe. The prestigious New Scientist magazine was the first to report on the findings of Dr. Ranga-Ram Chary. He studied the data of the European Space Agency’s Planck telescope at its offices at CalTech in California, and he released his tentative findings. Although the findings seem realistic, they are not yet “proof” that an alternate universe exists. However, there is enough credible evidence that multiverses has become a hot topic for proponents and detractors alike. The take away is that the possibility of proof of the existence of these universes is important and weighty enough to warrant the interest and time of many scientists around the world.

Among those scientists who are very excited about Dr. R Chary’s findings is Dr. Jens Chluba, an astronomer at the University of Cambridge, who told the New Scientist magazine, “To explain the signals that Dr. Chary found with the cosmological recombination radiation, one needs a large enhancement in the number of (other particles) relative to photons.  In the realm of alternative universes, this is entirely possible.”

Can we ever find out for sure that alternate universes even exist and that they are an alternate reality where our “souls” or consciousness go? Maybe. But to me, black holes are shrouded in the blackness imposed by their unbelievably strong gravity that pulls in photons and stars like a humongous whirlpool that offers a one-way journey to what it swallows. This fact will make it extremely difficult, if not impossible for us to peer to what is on the other side. Perhaps the God-like factor Stephen Hawking believes in now doesn’t want us to know…

Next article deals with Consciousness and the Soul.  – By Guest Author Juan C. Perez 

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Guest Author: Juan C. Perez is a retired psycholinguist. He has worked at the University of Houston, Miami Dade College and other institutions of higher learning in Texas and Florida. Prof. Perez, a former Baptist minister, has traveled the world extensively, has written successful grants, and initiated international programs in several parts of the world. During his travels and stays abroad, he developed a keen interest in comparative religion and later on in the scientific trend towards spirituality.

To see more stories by our Guest Author please click on the title:

Part I: Stephen Hawking Admits There May Be A God Explaining “The God-like force” Hawking discusses

Part II: Scientists Vs. Prayer Do They Have One?   If Science is beginning to validate prayer or not.

Part III: Is Your Brain Really Necessary?! The boy without a brain.

Part IV: The Heavens and Astrophysics   Alternative universe and multiverse helps explain the Heavens

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