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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

At the Eclipse moment

The host of China's live Eclipse coverage program exclaimed, "这...这太美了!心理有一种莫名的兴奋。真的不知道该感谢什么才好.. 是人类的科技发达?可以计算出这个时刻.. 还是大自然的奇妙?还是什么?真的不知道.."

[translated to be, "This... This is too beautiful! There's a mysterious feeling of excitement in (my) heart. And (I) really do not know what to thank.. The advancement of human technology? That we could calculate this exact moment.. Or the wonders of nature? Or what? (I) really don't know.."]

The Sun's distance from the Earth is about 400 times the Moon's distance, and the Sun's diameter is about 400 times the Moon's diameter. Because these ratios are approximately the same, the sizes of the Sun and the Moon as seen from Earth appear to be approximately the same, leaving only the ring of light to be seen when totality occurs: clearly an element of intelligent design.

To quote wikipedia:
"Spectacular solar eclipses are an extreme rarity within the universe at large. They are seen on Earth because of a fortuitous combination of circumstances that are statistically very improbable.
A complicating factor is that the Sun will increase in size over this timescale. This makes it even more unlikely that the Moon will be able to cause a total eclipse. Therefore the last total solar eclipse on Earth will occur in slightly less than 600 million years."

Here's an early youtube link showing the 'Diamond Ring' phonomenon and the totality:
This is exactly what the author meant in Romans 1 (of the Christian Bible) when he wrote:

"... 19since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.

21For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles."

Don't know who or what to thank? Thank the Designer and Creator that is God, and Lord of salvation and all.