Friday’s Factoid 30 (by Titus, Joel, and Mom)

Dark Matter isn’t like anything else. It can pass through us. It is invisible and it is everywhere. Scientists are trying to capture it in a bottle (by Titus, 9).

The galaxies are all spinning too fast and should all fall apart but Dark Matter holds them together and Dark Energy makes them get farther and farther apart (Joel, 7 1/2).

We have spent almost the entire school year studying the visible universe. This week we turned our attention to the other 96%, the part of the universe we can’t see and the most mysterious substances of all: Dark Matter and Dark Energy. Dark Matter acts as an invisible framework that holds the visible properties of the universe in place. Dark Energy seems to be working against gravity to stretch the universe out at a faster and faster rate. We’re posting the first part in a series put out by the History Channel on these amazing new discoveries. I highly recommend looking up the rest of this series. As you watch keep in mind 2 of our memory verses from this year: “I made the earth and created man on it; it was my hands that stretched out the heavens, and I commanded all their host.” (Isaiah 45:12) and “By him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16,17).

4 thoughts on “Friday’s Factoid 30 (by Titus, Joel, and Mom)

  1. Watched the video! Wow… Leven wanted to discuss this!! We’ll have to look up the other videos. I love every verse you share, but especially the Col verse. We used that one on our Christmas card 2 yrs ago. One of my favorites. Especially neat with your study. Whole new meaning.


    1. I was having trouble posting more than 1 part of the video series but I’ll keep trying. As you watch these astronomers trying to figure out what this mysterious, invisible, substance that seems to be holding the universe together is, verses like the Colossians one just ring loud and clear. Even my boys when they were watching a section that describes scientists trying to “capture” this substance were overcome with giggles and Ti blurted out, “Mom! They’re trying to catch God in a bottle!”


  2. “Mom, they’re trying to catch God in a bottle!”

    That was a very perceptive observation, Ti. We don’t want to debunk the efforts scientists are making to understand the universe because God has challenged us to find out. He said to Job, “I will question you, and you make it known to me . . .Tell me, if you have understanding.” (Job 38:3,4) The problem is that they leave God out, thinking they can find out by themselves. The first question God asked was, “Where were you when I did all this?” And regarding the origin of light and darkness (verses 19-21) God chides Job, “Come on, tell me! You were born then, and the number of your days is great!”

    It seems that dark matter and dark energy are two of the most mind-boggling ingredients in the universe. While some astronomers are working feverishly to figure out what each is, others are trying to prove they don’t exist. They, it seems, would like the universe to be more understandable than it is. Dark matter (whatever that is!), some think, keeps the galaxies from flying apart. Dark energy, they say, is the force that is causing the universe to expand faster and faster.

    There is a “force” and an “energy” that holds it all together, and they’ll never be able to “catch” it in a bottle. Right, Ti!


    1. Thanks, Dad! Your comment brings to mind another verse from Psalm 139: “Even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.” I imagine even the darkness of space is full of wonder. What glory when all will be revealed!


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