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Engaging Faith: Practical lesson ideas and activities for Catholic Educators

November 3, 2009

The Eye of God

The Hubble Space Telescope, named after American astronomer Edwin Hubble, is one of the largest and most versatile space telescopes. It was taken into orbit in 1990 by the Space Shuttle Discovery. The Hubble orbits the earth every 96-97 minutes, covering the United States in about ten minutes.

The Hubble has been credited with many new scientific discoveries. It has found that the age of the universe is about 13 to 14 billion years old, a much more accurate estimate than the previous range of 10 to 20 billion years. The Hubble has also helped to identify “dark energy,” a mysterious force that causes the expansion of the universe to expand.

A famous photo (above) taken by the Hubble has been called the “eye of God” as it is similar to a human eye in space. Other beautiful views of our universe are revealed in the video montage.

• How do the images taken by the Hubble make you think about God?
• With your camera, capture several images from our world that help you to experience God. These may include:
• mountains, rivers, sunsets, oceans, forests
• mother with child
• mity landscape
• the comfort of your home
• a younger person serving an older person, or vice versa
• a place where your expect your dreams to come true
• and many more!

Share your photos on a Facebook page, as a PowerPoint presentation, on a poster collage, or in any other place where people can view them. Offer a title—“My Experience of God”—that encourages comments.

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