An asteroid about the size of the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, 2,717 feet tall, whizzed by the earth at about 7:54 p.m ET on Saturday, September 14, 2019. Fortunately, the asteroid was actually quite far away at 3.3 million miles or about 9 times further away than the Moon. But the way it was reported might lead one to believe we narrowly missed a cataclysmic event.
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A new study from researchers at Brigham Young University and Pennsylvania State University provides the most accurate estimate of the number of Earth-like planets in the universe. The team looked at the frequency of planets that are similar to Earth in size and in distance from their host star, stars similar to our Sun. Knowing the rate that these potentially habitable planets occur will be important for designing future astronomical missions to characterize nearby rocky planets around Sun-like stars that could support life.
A new BYU study details first global analysis of nematodes--a creature which represents 4 out of every 5 animals on earth. Discoveries include something that may help us better address climate change.
Surprisingly, the end of the “Little Ice Age,” a more than 500 year-long cold climatic period and the start of a much warmer modern climatic period are closely synchronized with the Pioneer Trek to the Great Salt Lake Basin under the leadership of the Prophet Brigham Young. The pioneers considered being able to plant, grow, and harvest sufficient food for the 4,400 saints in 1848 in the valley a miracle. This miracle included the remarkable battle between the “Mormon Crickets” and the Seagulls.
In what was previously deemed impossible, an actual picture has been taken of a supermassive black hole in the center of a giant galaxy 55 million light years away. It was made possible by creating and using a tightly linked network of radio telescopes located all the way from Hawaii to the South Pole. Just the computer processing alone of the data took more than two years.
President M, Russell Ballard has often declared how the millions of stars that can be visible on a cold dark winter’s night direct his attention to the Lord’s words to Moses: “And worlds without number have I created; and I also created them for mine own purpose; and by the Son I created them, which is mine Only Begotten” (Moses 1:33). “In our day the Hubble deep-space telescope has confirmed the magnitude of what Moses saw."
The Lord says he will remember our sins no more, but how can an omniscient God forget? He knows all things and is not bound by time, so how can he ever forget anything? I cannot claim to understand quantum physics, but one day while reading, I found something that has evoked much thought and wonder! It was about quantum physics and the mysterious stuff we call “light” and its implications about reality; past, present, and future.