Hidden Universe Powers

From the March 2018 Trumpet Print Edition

Something, somewhere 250 million light-years from Earth, is moving galaxies. The only physical force known to man with such power is gravity. But a gravitational pull capable of moving galaxies? That is incredible power.

So who or what is doing the pulling?

We can’t tell! Whatever it is, it is hidden directly behind our own galaxy—the one place astronomers can’t see through! There is just too much debris and light in the way. But that doesn’t stop us from feeling the effects of this mysterious force.

While the universe is expanding, our neighborhood is drawing together. Space.com described the mysterious “Great Attractor” as a monster. This beast has immense and unrelenting power to draw in nearby galaxies. Our own galaxy is traveling toward it at 370 miles per hour.

The Milky Way is part of the Local Group, which also includes Andromeda. We are gradually falling together. Meanwhile this group is falling toward the middle of the broader Virgo Cluster. And the Virgo Cluster is falling to the center of the Virgo Supercluster. This is where the Great Attractor waits, in the center of our supercluster.

The means to move a galaxy of more than 100 billion stars at 370 miles per hour from a distance of 250 million light-years is simply mind-boggling.

Yet notice Proverbs 3:19: “By wisdom the Lord laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place” (New International Version).

For all its grandiose power, our little universe is subject to the higher power of God Almighty! It is He who, as Job 26:7 states, “hangs” the planets, stars and whole universe “on nothing.”

Now that is the true power of the universe!