Expanding Balloon Concept

Universe Expansion

     During one of Professor Wisenheirmer classes, he lectured on the expansion of the Universe. In attendance was a mix of students that adhere to creationism, evolution and the undecided. Professor Wisestien and a few research assistants were also present. To kickoff the presentation he showed a couple of slides as follows:

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Expanding distance between galaxies

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Universe expansion animation

     Wisenheirmer: “Scientific research has shown that the Universe is constantly expanding, and the vast majority of galaxies are receding away from us. This was concluded by observing the redshift wavelength emitted from these heavenly bodies by the Hubble telescope. Everyone here should be familiar with the Doppler effect. That is, light emitted from a body that is moving away from a stationary body will appear as a redshift; while light emitted from a body that is moving toward a stationary body will appear as a blueshift. This, expansion theory of course, is what led to the Big Bang model—the very beginning of the expansion.”

     Wisenheirmer continued: “Please also note that the second slide states the galaxies remain the same size. Which is fortunate for us. Can any of you students tell me why?”

     After a few seconds a student on the second row raised his hand.

     Wisenheirmer asked him to stand and state his name.

     The student, named Dan answered, “I read about this somewhere about a year ago. The observation was, if the individual galaxies expanded—like our Milky Way, then our Solar System would also expand. This would increase the distance between our planets. And furthermore, it would increase our distance from the Sun.”

     “Well put, Dan,” Wisenheirmer responded. “For sure, we wouldn’t have to worry about Global Warming—even the hoax that it is. We’d have to worry about Global Cooling.”

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     After some grins and mumbling from the attendees, Wisenheirmer interjected a creationist theory about the awesomeness of God. “What if we assume this girl in the slide is God, causing the Universe to expand by blowing into a balloon as such. Again, this is my presupposition, so bear with me. Then think about the mind-blowing massiveness of God. Well I maintain, He’s much, much bigger than that. It is far out, isn’t it? Excuse the pun.”

     Some of the students just sat and stared with blank faces in wonderment. This was the objective Wisenheirmer wanted. He terminated by asking them to think and analyze for themselves, before dismissing them.

     At that instant Professor Wisestien interrupted and asked the students to also contemplate the following: “The resulting images from Hubble offer the deepest ever view of the Universe. As Wisenheirmer already explained, the telescope captures redshifted infrared wavelengths from light of early galaxies. Because light takes so long to travel from these remote objects, astronomers are looking back in time, seeing these galaxies as they appeared 600 million years ago. If you accept the Big Bang theory, calculations reveal the Universe is now 13.7 billion years old. Now that should give you more food for thought. Now you may go.”