Photo Credit: WRSanders

Just days ago, we had the first Total Eclipse of the sun to traverse the entire United States in 99 years.  For a few brief seconds, the light of the sun went almost out. The totality path was 70 miles wide, and traversed from Oregon to South Carolina.

So many factors are needed for a total eclipse to happen:

  • the Moon and the Sun must both be the same shape
  • they must be at exactly the right distance from each other
  • at that distance, the small disk of the Moon, must be of just the right size to block the entire disc of the Sun
  • the orbits of the Earth and the Moon must synchronize for the Moon to be at the right place at just the right time

All of these factors came together to perfectly block the disk of the sun, leaving only the corona visible.  What an amazing work of God!

As I looked at eclipse footage on the internet, I became intrigued by the corona.  The corona is visible because the disk of the moon, though it blocks our view of the sun itself, cannot block the light being emitted by the sun.

I remember believing as a child, that if the sun “went out”, everything – not just the Earth – would go pitch black dark and no one would see anything, anywhere in the universe.  Then I learned that the universe is not dependent on “our” star – the sun – for its light, that there are many other stars out there, of many different types, all emitting light in one form or another, to one degree or another.  Then I learned that electricity and magnetism, rather than being separate substances, were part and parcel of the same electromagnetic spectrum.  The deeper I delved into light, the more complicated it became, and the less I knew.

Yet in everything I learned, light was always connected with a source: the sun, basic elements of the universe, explosions, etc.   We “light” a barbecue grill.  We “light” a candle.  We “light” a lamp at home.  Or we flip a switch, and “light” comes from the electricity racing through the bulb filaments or neon gas.

However, the Book of Genesis begins:

In the beginning, God made heaven and the earth.  The earth was invisible and unfinished, and darkness was over the deep.  Then God said “Let there be light,” and there was light.  God saw the light; it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light “Day”, and the darkness He called “Night”; and there was evening and there was morning, one day.

Many people think these verses refer to the light of the sun and moon.  The problem: this was the first day of creation.  According to subsequent verses in Genesis, the sun, moon, and stars were not created until the fourth day.  So, of what did the light of day and night consist if there was no Sun, no Moon, no stars, no artificial lights of Man, no sources of light of any kind with which we are familiar?

Light is most often defined as an “electromagnetic spectrum” with seven divisions: Gamma Rays, X-rays, Ultraviolet, Visible, Infrared, Microwave and Radio/TV waves.  All of these have known sources. What would happen if all sources of light could be 100% removed from a photo of the universe – would there be left a light that just is, with no source?

The research continues…