I went to see the Hubble Imax 3D a little while ago and it was just amazing…really, words can’t describe the awe-inspiring beauty of the deep space pictures and movies taken by the Hubble telescope.
The 3D glasses were ok, although since the whole movie wasn’t shot in 3D (the parts with the astronauts weren’t entirely), some of it looked a little flat and strange. I actually wished they wouldn’t have the parts with the shuttle and stuff — I just wanted more of the star pictures!
It was actually pretty amazing to have the stars look like they were standing out and looking almost like you could touch them! I just kept sitting there thinking how great God was to make such beautiful and intricately interlaced patterns out of gas and minerals.
The really weird part for me was thinking that these shapes are actually composed of millions upon trillions of worlds the size of ours. The pictures were so immediate, I felt like I was right there, but when I thought about it, these things are beyond huge, and if I were right there, I wouldn’t see more than a tiny speck of it, like I do of our own Milky Way. Makes you feel tiny and insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
Then, of course, I got to thinking about how truly amazing it is that I, being a tiny speck on a tiny speck of a planet, should have the Creator of all this come down to die for me. That made me feel truly loved, humble and unworthy, but loved inexpressibly.
So I spent a good deal of the space sections of the movie with my eyes slightly blurred with tears — understandably so, but I did have to keep blinking and swiping my eyes so I didn’t miss any of the glory. It’s amazing to me that these gorgeous clouds are really just gas suspended in space.
I love the colors, too! I always think of space as being black, dark, and empty. I suppose probably most of it is, actually — even though these galaxies are beyond huge, space itself is infinitely larger — but the colors and light of these pictures make it feel like a wild and beautiful place.
My favorite part of the whole movie was the shots of the Orion Nebula. As you might remember from this post, the Orion Nebula has always fascinated me as being the place where Jesus will come from when He comes again. (Well, the quote says from behind the middle star in Orion’s belt, but I figure no one knew about nebulae back then.) I’ve loved pictures of it, because it seems to go around a corner and then…where? The gateway to heaven? If only one could see just a little further. But the Hubble actually has some shots of inside the nebula, in the center where a star nursery is. That was stunning!
At any rate, the Hubble 3D movie was wonderful and I would go see it again, even though it spent WAY too much time on the shuttle. It was cool to see it take off, though, from the cameras near the launch pad. But I just wanted more stars!
*if you want more stars, go to this link*