When I was a child, my father and I drove into the farmland that surrounds our town, away from the lights of the city. There my father assembled an old telescope. From the back of his pickup truck, I could see the full moon above the eastern horizon. My father said something special was about to happen. He explained that the earth would soon pass in front of the sun and the earth’s shadow would cover the moon. He called the event a lunar eclipse.
When he mentioned that the moon would turn red, I did not quite understand what he meant. However, my excitement began when, through the telescope, I saw the corner of the pearl moon change color. I laughed when the “man in the moon” appeared to blush. Not long after that, I found myself in complete awe as the moon was transformed into an ominous crimson orb. My passion for the stars and planets began to grow that evening and it still grows today. Through these blog posts, I hope to share my passion with you.
As a graduate student in planetary geology, I have been blessed with the opportunity to study the earth and other planets. In Genesis 1, we are told of God’s creation and its goodness. Through my education and research, I have learned that God’s creation is much more than static materials beneath our feet and simple ordainments in the sky. God’s creation is dynamic. The earth is like a book; it holds stories within layers of rock. Like a book’s pages, layers of rock are continually recording the history of the earth. The planets also tell stories. Their surfaces are tapestries of detail that describe enigmatic and cataclysmic events.
The purpose of this blog is to share and discuss God’s glorious revelations of scientific discovery, particularly those within the earth and planetary sciences. It is my prayer that God bless this outlet and fill it with intrigue and wonder.
What topics within earth science interest you? How do you relate to the planets, stars, and galaxies?