The Center of the Universe

04 Aug

We have been taught by the Copernican Principle[1] that the earth does not occupy a ‘privileged’ or special place in the universe. In fact, concerning a photo Voyager-I sent back from space, Carl Sagan once said: “…the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, (is) challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark.”[2] What do you think? Do we have a privileged position in the universe? The Bible seems to say we do—our earth was created before the stars. Nevertheless, what can be logically proved about this question?

More recent astronomical discoveries seem to argue against Carl Sagan’s (and other naturalists’) viewpoint. Nearly a century ago Edwin Hubble (1924) began using a 100 inch reflector telescope to observe the sky in


(Image from Google Images)

hope to calculated distances from the earth. He published his results in 1929, showing that the galaxies are moving away from us and that the further out they are, the more the hydrogen atom shifts to the red. In the figure at the left the hydrogen atom is the black line. The more distant the galaxy the further toward the red end of the light spectrum the hydrogen atom appears (red shift). This is known as “Hubble’s Law” and is often cited in support of the Big Bang Theory.

The problem for the Big Bang arises out of the fact that Hubble’s Law shows there are clusters of galaxies traveling away from the Earth, and since Hubble’s Law is really a measure of distances, these clusters seem to appear at concentric distances from the Earth. For example, if we assume the first cluster in a specific line is cir.100 million light years from the earth, and the second is cir. 300 million light years from the earth and the third 600 etc., this would imply the earth is in a very special place for that point of view. If we were in a

Galactic clusters clearly seen in "A" but not clear in "B" (Image from Google Images)

Galactic clusters clearly seen in “A” but not clear in “B”
(Image from Google Images)

different location in the universe, we would not be able to recognize these red shifts as ‘clusters’. Notice the table at the right. As long as we are close to the center the clusters are apparent, but if we were only 2 million light years away from the center, the clusters would disappear. We would still see the galaxies, and they would still be red shifted showing they were moving away from Earth, but we would have no idea the galaxies were clusters at specific distances from one another, and appearing concentric, as though the universe were globular, having a border.

An additional problem for the Big Bang Theory is the fact that these galactic clusters exist today, because in a universe billions of years old, the galaxies within each cluster should have moved apart long ago. Their relative velocities, implied by the red shift, are too great for the gravitational pull holding them together. This points to a rather young creation of these clusters and, therefore, to a young universe in general.

Galactic Clusters (Image from Google Images)

Galactic Clusters
(Image from Google Images)

In a Big Bang universe, the whole spectrum of space should be geocentric. That is, wherever one would look in space and wherever one’s location in space might be, he would find a relatively similar appearance in the night sky. Nothing special could be observed. In short there is no such thing as a special place in the universe, no such thing as a **center** of the universe. Implying there is would be anathema to the naturalist scientist, and could not be tolerated. Yet, most recent observations in the night sky argue against this point of view. The Earth must be within 100 million miles of the center of the universe to observe the galactic clusters, and this supports the Biblical point of view that the Earth was very special to its Creator.

[1] Named after Nicolaus Copernicus (19 February 1473 – 24 May 1543). He was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a heliocentric model of the universe which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center.

[2] Carl Sagan, The Pale Blue Dot; see HERE


Posted by on August 4, 2013 in The Big Bang, theory of evolution


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2 responses to “The Center of the Universe

  1. Eddie

    August 6, 2013 at 08:45

    So why should we believe in their existence? If there is absolutely no evidence for their presence, why believe? Is there a logical premise for them? Other than the imagination of someone who said: “Maybe…” why believe? Is this science? I don’t think it is–just because someone is speaking about multiple universes like ours doesn’t make it science. We have evidence of only one universe, and if space envelopes all we know exists, where would you put another? In another space/time continuum? Where would that be, and what exactly would separate **our** space from **the other** spaces? Would that be “Dark Space”? I think we are speaking of **imaginary space** here, don’t you–long, long ago in a ‘universe’ far, far away…

  2. Levi Wheeler

    August 4, 2013 at 22:41

    There are theories of cosmic inflation that predict that many universes, including our own, were created out of the same process. These universes are invisible to one another because they are separated by excessively large distances in spacetime . (In the jargon of general relativity, they are permanently beyond our “event horizon”). Also, they are of different ages and might have different physical laws (depending on the inflation model in question).

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