When I started my scrapbook again, this is the first picture I put into it. The picture was published in The Nation newspaper on April 22, 2016.
My View Of The Picture:
At the time of opting into a field for my profession at graduation level I first planned to take admission into “space sciences” because the sky always fascinates me, especially what is beyond the layer of Ozone. However, I decided to go for commerce as my analysis revealed to me that there was no scope of space sciences in Pakistan, especially at that time. So I thought why not go for commerce as after all its all about $$$$. Today, I cannot say whether my decision was wrong or right as I think it’s a matter of how much you are helpful to society and Í personally believe that to be helpful you can be in any profession. But if I think about my personal preference then I think I lost the opportunity to be a space scientist. But still it’s ok to me :).
The picture is about the image observed by Hubble Space Telescope while celebrating its 26 years in space, a long period indeed. Humans are going and going more into space but where is the end of this space? Seems that it’s endless. It’s a mystery which we would love to solve but I think this will be a mystery forever. The more we go into space, the more it is running away from us or, you can say, we are now more bewildered. Light years are increasing and increasing. More theories are coming out of the big bang. Blasts in space, creation of stars, swallowing of stars by black holes, everything is going on in space.
Being a strong believer of God, whenever I look into the sky and observe the distance of those stars which we can see with our naked eyes and have been watching for many years, the only thing that comes to my mind is the power of God. How enormous are these space objects? How far are they away from us? What is the status of this world we are living in? How big is this Universe? Is the whole canvass of this space square or round? There are one thousand and one questions which come to our mind and most of them are still not answerable.
There is a huge and unimaginable universe in front of us; every object is working in a systematic way and still we question whether it is God or an accident which keeps things moving so systematically. We can argue many things for and against but we can’t imagine how big and powerful God is. Our thinking is for sure limited. Scientists try to explain whatever they see and try to demonstrate some proven studies and theories, whereas, directors and producers create new ideas related to space. Those new ideas may or may not represent reality because limitation is there. They are just trying to re-create nature, which is already a divine creation.
Remember the days when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. Compare space science then and now. Scientific knowledge changes but the power and strength of God to run this system remains the same.
Tonight when you will look into the sky you might not be able to see that many stars compared to the questions which will bubble up in your mind.