Increasingly, as science continues its march to uncover more of the truth about our universe, we see articles like this one that are so refreshing to Urantia Book reader/students. In this article, titled: NASA's new discovery is going to 'change the way you see the universe' by Sarah Kramer, we are again encouraged that the Urantia Book teachings about cosmology are accurate.
For more explanation of those teachings, see our blog below...but first, have a look at what science now knows. From the article:
Kepler, a NASA spacecraft, has built up a catalog of 4,302 potential planets since its launch in 2009. Timothy Morton of Princeton University analyzed that entire catalog to weed out false positives that could be caused by orbiting stars or other astronomical objects. He used a new statistical technique to end up with the 1,284 newly confirmed planets NASA announced today. (There were 1,327 more that "likely" exist but could not be confirmed with 99% confidence.)
Kepler mission scientist Natalie Batalha did a quick back-of-the envelope calculation using those numbers, in response to a reporter's question during the announcement about what the findings say about the number of planets that could be habitable based on their size and proximity to their parent star.
Batalha started with the estimated number of stars in the Milky Way: a cool 100 billion.
"Let's say 70% of those are main-sequence stars," she said, referring to stars of the same kind as our sun.
She then estimated that about 25% of those might be small, rocky, and orbiting within their star system's Goldilocks or habitable zone.
That means we're looking at the possibility of "tens of billions of potentially habitable, Earth-like planets in our galaxy," Batalha concluded.
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What has The Urantia Book been teaching since 1955?
12:1.13 The Grand Universe is the present organized and inhabited creation. It consists of the seven superuniverses, with an aggregate evolutionary potential of around seven trillion inhabited planets, not to mention the eternal spheres of the central creation. But this tentative estimate takes no account of architectural administrative spheres, neither does it include the outlying groups of unorganized universes. The present ragged edge of the grand universe, its uneven and unfinished periphery, together with the tremendously unsettled condition of the whole astronomical plot, suggests to our star students that even the seven superuniverses are, as yet, uncompleted. As we move from within, from the divine center outward in any one direction, we do, eventually, come to the outer limits of the organized and inhabited creation; we come to the outer limits of the grand universe. And it is near this outer border, in a far-off corner of such a magnificent creation, that your local universe has its eventful existence.
Please see Space Levels of the Master Universe for much more information about he structure of the Universe
But what about our little corner of the cosmos?
0:0.5 Your world, Urantia, is one of many similar inhabited planets which comprise the local universe ofNebadon. This universe, together with similar creations, makes up the superuniverse of Orvonton, from whose capital, Uversa, our commission hails. Orvonton is one of the seven evolutionary superuniverses of time and space which circle the never-beginning, never-ending creation of divine perfection—the central universe of Havona. At the heart of this eternal and central universe is the stationary Isle of Paradise, the geographic center of infinity and the dwelling place of the eternal God.
37:10.1 Besides the seraphic and mortal orders, who will be considered in later papers, there are numerous additional beings concerned in the maintenance and perfecting of such a gigantic organization as the universe of Nebadon, which even now has more than three million inhabited worlds, with ten million in prospect. The various Nebadon types of life are much too numerous to be catalogued in this paper, but there are two unusual orders that function extensively on the 647,591 architectural spheres of the local universe, that may be mentioned.
It is interesting to note that this local universe of Nebadon in which our earth is nestled is the handiwork of the person that we know as Jesus of Nazareth - in the universes, he is known by his universe title - Michael of Nebadon. And he chose our little planet for his incarnation as a man among men.
32:0.1 A LOCAL UNIVERSE is the handiwork of a Creator Son of the Paradise order of Michael. It comprises one hundred constellations, each embracing one hundred systems of inhabited worlds. Each system will eventually contain approximately one thousand inhabited spheres.
These universes of time and space are all evolutionary. The creative plan of the Paradise Michaels always proceeds along the path of gradual evolvement and progressive development of the physical, intellectual, and spiritual natures and capacities of the manifold creatures who inhabit the varied orders of spheres comprising such a local universe.
Urantia belongs to a local universe whose sovereign is the God-man of Nebadon, Jesus of Nazareth and Michael of Salvington. And all of Michael's plans for this local universe were fully approved by the Paradise Trinity before he ever embarked upon the supreme adventure of space.
The Sons of God may choose the realms of their creator activities, but these material creations were originally projected and planned by the Paradise Architects of the Master Universe.
Also interesting to note is that our local universe itself is home to ten million inhabited worlds
6:8.3 As persons you may conceive of the Universal Father and the Eternal Son as separate individuals, for they indeed are; but in the administration of the universes they are so intertwined and interrelated that it is not always possible to distinguish between them. When, in the affairs of the universes, the Father and the Son are encountered in confusing interassociations, it is not always profitable to attempt to segregate their operations; merely recall that God is the initiating thought and the Son is the expressionful word. In each local universe this inseparability is personalized in the divinity of the Creator Son, who stands for both Father and Son to the creatures of ten million inhabited worlds.
188:5.5 On millions of inhabited worlds, tens of trillions of evolving creatures who may have been tempted to give up the moral struggle and abandon the good fight of faith, have taken one more look at Jesus on the cross and then have forged on ahead, inspired by the sight of God's laying down his incarnate life in devotion to the unselfish service of man.
From Lessons from the Cross
BUT - what does it all MEAN?
See the Eternal and Divine Purpose, in which we read:
32:5.1 There is a great and glorious purpose in the march of the universes through space. All of your mortal struggling is not in vain. We are all part of an immense plan, a gigantic enterprise, and it is the vastness of the undertaking that renders it impossible to see very much of it at any one time and during any one life. We are all a part of an eternal project which the Gods are supervising and outworking. The whole marvelous and universal mechanism moves on majestically through space to the music of the meter of the infinite thought and the eternal purpose of the First Great Source and Center.
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