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17th Century solar eclipse diagram

One of the startling discoveries you make when you study Science is that the Universe was not only designed, but it was designed to be discovered!  One of the ways this can be proven is a consideration of the sun’s corona which is only visible during a solar eclipse.  A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes directly between the earth and the sun.  Every aspect of the alignment, sizes and distances of the heavenly bodies involved are so precise, that without these exact ratios, the sun’s corona could never be seen.

For instance, if the moon was just slightly larger, then during a solar eclipse, it would block out the sun entirely, including the corona.  If the moon were slightly smaller, then the rest of the sun would overpower the moon and the sun’s light would bleach out the corona, making it impossible to see, etc.

It was only by discovering the sun’s corona, that we began the amazing discovery of Spectroscopy, which of course began to open up the whole universe to us.  God intended us to observe, understand and believe that these mysteries were placed in anticipation of our discoveries.  And they were.

Stop and think about that!

The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.

In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun,
which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion,
like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
and makes its circuit to the other;
nothing is hidden from its heat.”

Psalm 19:1-6