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Earth’s Force Fields

 

Aurora seen from the International Space Station

Aurora seen from the International Space Station

As a girl, while traveling to our new home in Alaska and then during years living there we often got to see the Northern Lights: the Aurora Borealis.  I knew they were caused by tiny particles from the sun colliding with earth’s magnetic field.  Now I know lots more about these amazing events and the power of God’s protection over us.

For the basics, check out Astronomy For Kids to read up on what’s happening.

On the Alaska Public Lands page, they mention that the Aurorae [plural of Aurora] are highly electrified.  Sometimes they are so strong they knock out electrical equipment or even a whole power grid.  This dose of power isn’t always a bad thing, though.  Transmitters, like radios and telephones (the site doesn’t say if those are landlines or cell), can work by the electricity coming from the Aurora alone!

Artist's rendition of Earth's magnetosphere.

Artist’s rendition of Earth’s magnetosphere. The Aurorae show up where the blue lines come in toward the earth

The basic cause of the Aurorae is the “Solar Wind” coming off of the Sun and running into particles in earth’s magnetic field which push them back away from earth (that page is really cool, check it out!).  As the particles calm down from this collision, they give off the lights that we see.

The zone where the particles collide is known as the Van Allen Radiation Belt. It is pretty complicated stuff, so just follow the link if this is fascinating to you!

Just what is this Solar Wind and why is it important?  Most of the Solar Wind is made of tiny electricity-conducting particles [plasma ions] blasting away from the sun.  These particles would really mess up our electronics if they were able to get straight through to the surface.

But there is another piece to the Solar Wind puzzle: radiation.  Some of the stuff that the sun puts out along with all that plasma is a form of UV radiation.  If you’ve ever spent time in the sunshine without sunscreen, you know what UV does to you right away even under our protective shield. Imagine what all this would do to astronauts outside!

A war shieldFrom technology review: “On Earth, humans are protected by the atmosphere, the mass of the Earth itself and the Earth’s magnetic field. In low earth orbit, astronauts loose the protection of the atmosphere and radiation levels are consequently higher by two orders of magnitude.

In deep space, astronauts loose the protecting effect of the Earth’s mass and its magnetic field, raising levels a further five times and beyond the acceptable limits that humans can withstand”

Long term exposure to radiation is very dangerous to living beings.  The radiation ions get right down into our cells and can cause all kinds of serious damage.  You’ve heard of melanomas?  That’s one kind of damage that UV radiation can cause.  Our atmosphere with its ozone layer protects us from much of that kind of radiation.  If we didn’t have a strong shield protecting us, life would have been wiped out by cancers and such long ago!

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Example of Heliosheath from Hubble Telescope image of Orion Nebula.

Did you know that it is also a very good thing that the sun puts out all that radiation and plasma in the first place?  Turns out that Solar Wind is a force field of its own called a Heliosheath to protect us.

The rest of the universe is filled with something called High-Energy Cosmic Rays.  Pierre Auger Observatory has an interesting page on these.  We can’t tell straight out what makes all this powerful stuff.  Our best guess is that it comes from exploding stars, but they may be shot out from black holes or something completely unknown.

Since people have never traveled outside of our solar system, we can only guess what would happen if the sun wasn’t protecting us.  Here’s a bit of what NASA has to say about Cosmic Rays:

Cosmic rays are different—and worse….  Unlike solar protons, which are relatively easy to stop with materials such as aluminum or plastic, cosmic rays cannot be completely stopped by any known shielding technology.

Even inside their ships, astronauts are exposed to a slow drizzle of cosmic rays coming right through the hull. The particles penetrate flesh, damaging tissue at the microscopic level. One possible side-effect is broken DNA, which can, over the course of time, cause cancer, cataracts and other maladies.

Thank you, God for protecting us from these things that would have killed us long ago!  Thank you even more for providing a shelter of protection from the judgment that you are sending on sin!

English: Castle in Olsztyn, PolandTruly my soul waits upon God: from him comes my salvation.   He only is my rock and my salvation; he is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.
God has spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongs unto God.
Also unto you, O Lord, belongs mercy: for you give to every man according to his work.  Psalm 62:1,2,11,12

Did you know the moon passes through the “tail” of our magnetic field every month and picks up quite an electrical charge?  Fascinating stuff!

There is debate among scientists whether our magnetic field has allowed earth to hold onto its atmosphere better.  We seem to be losing atmosphere at the same rate as Venus which doesn’t have a strong magnetic force.  Seems to me this is just another sign that the earth with its water and thick atmosphere can’t be as old as they need it to be for abiogenesis to have time to work.

Creator God? or Mother Earth and Father Time?

The Earth seen from Apollo 17.

Our mother, or our specially designed home from God?

When my siblings were young, we had a copy of the cartoon version of Charlotte’s Web.  Near the beginning there was a lovely lullaby for Wilber that was all about “mother earth and father time.”  Well, this idea of earth being our mother and time being our father is rather common in our society.

I’m not going to send you to the pages that make this claim, because the idea of the earth being our mother is bumping into straight up religion.  Have you ever seen the name “Gaia” on a product?  It’s the title of one of the Greek goddesses, the one that symbolizes the earth.  In Latin, her name was Terra.  Yup, like Terra Firma: Land.

According to the Greeks, the goddess Gaia was the first thing to exist after Chaos (I think you know what he symbolized).  Her story is really disgusting, so I’m not telling it here except that Kronos [Time] was supposed to be one of her sons.   Odds are you have run into this name because it has become very popular in our culture.  Exercise equipment, health food and many other things are named after her.  Can you guess why she is so popular now?

I even ran across an educational page from the University of Barcelona on Evolution that is named after Gaia.  It’s not terrible, but it won’t teach you anything you didn’t know before.  Not surprisingly, the Greeks were the first group to believe in something much like Darwin’s Evolution.

Recently, modern scientists have developed something known as the “Gaia Hypothesis” which claims that everything on earth, living and non-living, is connected.  If you’ve ever watched Star Wars you know what I’m talking about.  Have a look at these quotes from Wikipedia’s page:

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“Topics of interest include how the biosphere and the evolution of life forms affect (and in some cases contribute to) the stability of global temperature, ocean salinity, oxygen in the atmosphere and other factors of habitability.”

“The Gaia theory posits that the Earth is a self-regulating complex system involving the biosphere, the atmosphere, the hydrospheres and the pedosphere, tightly coupled as an evolving system. The theory sustains that this system as a whole, called Gaia, seeks a physical and chemical environment optimal for contemporary life.”

“In 2001, the International Humanist and Ethical Union signed the Amsterdam Declaration, starting with the statement “The Earth System behaves as a single, self-regulating system with physical, chemical, biological, and human components”.”

If you’re paying attention even a little bit, you know that how people are messing up the wonderful world is a big deal right now even for people who want to say that there is no Creator God.  Well, knowingly, or unknowingly, they are falling for this earth goddess idea.  I did a search for “Gaia hypothesis” at .edu sites and came back with schools like the U. of Michigan, Hawaii, Stanford, Yale, and a whole bunch of other schools that are talking about this idea.  I even found a page where professors from around the world can announce that they believe this hypothesis.

The older name for this kind of religious belief is called Pantheism.  This means the idea that everything and everybody is a little piece of “god”.

Not surprisingly, there are scientists who don’t like this idea either because they want to worship themselves or the true Creator God.  But you will find this idea of Mother Earth and humans upsetting “her” balance all over the popular science world.

As for Father Time, you already know how much the Evolutionists are in love with that idea.  Without millions and billions of years of the stuff, they are sunk!  I’ve written a little on this and Answers in Genesis has written much more.

Let us turn our hearts to our true Creator, Designer, Lord and Savior and worship Him and Him alone!

Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the [creation] more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.  Romans 1:25

Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.  Psalm 119:73

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  Psalm 139:14

For more info check out these Creationist pages:

Creation Sensation: Millions of Years – The Idea’s Origin and Impact on the Church – Dr. Terry Mortenson

Creation Ministries International: The illusion of millions of years

Global Christian Center: Results of Millions of Years Creation Belief

The online Book Under the Spell of Mother Earth: Chapter 1 Is Earth our Mother?

Answers in Genesis: News to Note: Canada.com: “UN document would give ‘Mother Earth’ same rights as humans”

and their VERY long article on Can an Evolutionist Celebrate Earth Day?

Institute for Creation Research: Pantheistic Evolution

ICR’s Science Essentials: Mother Earth or Creator God? Activities K-12

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