A fascinating four-part series on some of God’s most amazing creations: stars.
As the days get shorter and the nights longer it is becoming much easier to observe the night skies then the longer days in the summer months. But, it is possible to study the sky right from your chair in the comfort of your house.
Since the beginning of time stars have been a wonder to the human soul and mind. They are so captivating that people will stay up hours during the night and just look at them. And some scientists go to college to learn everything they can about these amazing spheres. It is thanks to God through them that we can know so much about these balls of gas that God created on the fourth day.
Neutron stars are an incredible star not only because of their density (about the mass of the sun) but also because of their size. They are not called “neutron” stars without a reason. In fact, neutron stars are one of the smallest objects we have observed in the universe; being a runner up with asteroids and comets that can actually be much bigger than him as well!
In order to grasp how infinitely small neutron stars are let’s do a few mathematical equations to set the pace for the rest of the article.
You can fit 288,586,375 and 4/5 neutron stars into the earth. If we were to convert that number of neutron stars into dollar bills you would be able to line them up, end-to-end, and they would travel around the earth 1 and 1/6 times!
On the other hand, if you were to convert these neutron stars into seconds and go forward in time you would land in the fall of 2021. If it were minutes you would make it to the mid-fall of 2561. Could you just imagine that?
Now that we know how big a neutron star is compared to the earth we need to compare theses stars to bigger objects of the night sky.
374,545,500,876,908 and 7/10 neutron stars can pop into the sun. If we were, once again, to convert the neutron stars into seconds then we would find ourselves transported to 11870643 A.D (11 odd million A.D.). I think they would have to start adding commas in the year dates by that time.
Now, let’s convert the neutron stars into money for the next comparison. With a quarter representing a neutron star you could stack them (facedown) and we could pass up two Mt Everest’ stacked on top of each other, with two miles of quarters left!
However, if we were to take the neutron stars and throw them into Betelgeuse we get a whole different story.
Approximately 52,630,723,511,677,734,375,000 neutron stars can fit into Betelgeuse. If we were to make those neutron stars the length of a normal pencil that would be enough pencils that, if you were to line them up end-to-end, they could stretch around and further than 165,999,001,785,609,858 neutron stars lined up side-by-side.
If that isn’t good enough than you could take those 165,999,001,785,609,858 neutron stars and fill the earth 575,214,272 and a half times or fill the sun 443 times! If you care to take it further you could grab those pencils and balance them on top of each other and build a one-pencil-width bridge 6,205,042,686,746,096,492 miles into space.
With that mileage you could travel to Eris, a dwarf planet 6,290,000,000 miles away, and back. Then you could take a quick tour of the sun, and in case you missed something you could go around it 400 more times. Then, if you are still up and ready you could take a tour of the entire orbit of the sun, twice and still be home for dinner. After you have eaten you could continue travel to the center of the Milk Way Galaxy and back and then take a morning jog through the entire trip again . . . nearly 3 more times!
If those numbers don’t speak of an amazing Creator God than I don’t know what does.
The incredible neutron star can once again show off its amazing smallness by being inserted into one of the biggest and brightest stars, Canis Majoris.
3,468,665,880,859,375,000,000,000 neutron stars can fit into Canis Majoris. If we were to convert that number into pennies you would have enough pennies to make every single person in the entire world a 5-trillionaire! And the extra change from those pennies could reach to the moon and back over 65 times.
If you didn’t like the above figure then consider this: with those neutron stars that you can fit into Canis Majoris you could fill up Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and the sun . . . 9 and 1/5 billion times.