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The Dance of the Fertile Universe. Chance and Destiny Embrace. George V. Coyne, S.J. Vatican Observatory. Chance or necessity:. God?. The Universe is Fertile Because It is old: 13.7 billion years It contains 10 thousand billion billion stars . From the Big Bang. Hubble Ultra Deep Field.

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the dance of the fertile universe

The Dance of the Fertile Universe

Chance and Destiny Embrace

George V. Coyne, S.J.

Vatican Observatory

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The Universe is Fertile Because

  • It is old: 13.7 billion years
  • It contains 10 thousand billion billion stars
hubble ultra deep field
Hubble Ultra Deep Field

Elliptical

Galaxy

Irregular Galaxy

Spiral

Galaxy

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We see our galaxy edge-on

Primary features: disk, bulge, halo, globular clusters

a calendar of the evolving universe

A CALENDAR OF THE EVOLVING UNIVERSE

1 January: The Big Bang

7 February: The Milky Way is born

14 August: The Earth is born

4 September: First life on the Earth

15 December: The Cambrian Explosion

25 December: The dinosaurs appear

30 December: Extinction of the dinosaurs

[Suppose we make the 13.7 billion year old universe have the age of one earth year; then]

a calendar of the evolving universe1

A CALENDAR OF THE EVOLVING UNIVERSE

31 December:

at 7:00:00 pm: First hominids

at 11:58:00 pm: First humans

at 11:59:30 pm: Age of Agriculture

47 pm: The pyramids

58 pm: Jesus Christ is born

59 pm: Galileo is born

at 12 midnight: today

[Suppose we make the 13.7 billion year old universe have the age of one earth year; then]

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