Earth’s Atmosphere, A Superhero Walk in the Woods

Clear Evening SkyEpisode 2: What was the Holy Spirit doing while “hovering over the waters”? Why is the sky blue? These are the questions we look at today. Plus, we get to meet a superhero who likes to explore the natural world on his day off. Or, is it? Listen to find out what he does when he runs into a rattlesnake!

Genesis 1:2 has been one of my favorite verses since I was a girl. It was fun to imagine what it would have looked like to watch the Holy Spirit moving on the face of the water. Learning more about outer space has given me some good ideas of what he was up to no matter what form he took.

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I had an interesting time doing research for this show. At first it was hard to find anyone talking about how importance the atmosphere is to allowing earth to have liquid water. I found an article on Mars and how we know it can’t have liquid water on the surface because of the low atmospheric pressure and temperature.

Then I ran into a great article by Ethan Seigel talking about what happens to Water in Space. His blog has ads (it used cookies to show products I’ve searched for recently), but the pictures he has and way he covers things are great. He really helped me get my ideas together.

You can see photos people have taken of the Space Shuttle dumping water on the Satellite Observers’ community page, plus a link to NASA talking about what’s going on.

If you just want to find out more things about how good God is to us by giving us an atmosphere, check out this page:

Science Terrific: What does the Atmosphere do?

For more on what makes the sky blue:

and the milk experiments:

A glob of clear bluish glass lets orange light shine through

A glob of clear bluish glass lets orange light shine through

Causes of Color, best example pictures: Sunset in a Glass

Exploritorium has the best directions and good diagrams

Science Fun University of Wisconsin has the best large scale experiment (got an empty aquarium?) and diagram of earth’s light.

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:11

Oh, yes, want to see our superhero, Pandaman? Here’s his portrait:

Pencil drawing of a caped and costumed smiling panda