Name That Star!


A quick survey of three current astronomy sites tells us that there are perhaps 70 billion trillion stars in the universe, OR about 1 septillion, which is a 1 with 24 zeros behind it, OR . . . well, actually, they don’t know. They are also not exactly sure about how to define “universe” – and they suspect a sort of infinity is represented by what we are able to discern with the strongest of telescopes and the most complex mathematical equations.

But God “counts the number of the stars” and what’s more, He knows their names!

Yesterday, the National Geographic website reported the discovery of a “new” planet, which they actually believe to be “very old,” circling a dying, old dwarf red star. (See

Scientists are quite surprised that this massive planet, a “beast of a planet,” described as a sort of “Jupiter,” is associated with a small, common, dwindling star such as the unnamed red dwarf it orbits. But God knows its name! And He knows its age, its size, its genesis, its journey –

Redemptive Educators: what a marvelous study! Explore with your young scholars the huge numbers related to the stars – the massive distances – the properties of planets – the mysteries yet to be revealed! Take to the night sky with a telescope – foster wonder – generate inquiry – provide time for finding things out – for sharing findings – for writing poems about stars and planets – for reading poems already written, such as “Stars and the Soul” by Henry Van Dyke .

Listen to music inspired by the planets such as Gustav Holst’s “Jupiter”

And praise the Maker of stars and planets! He counts the stars, and calls them all by name!






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