When I ask myself how God must see things, I am usually exploring that question from a spiritual perspective or as a matter of understanding things in their proper context.
However, I certainly like to play with the much more literal meaning of that question, as well! Knowing that we human beings are limited (without artificial augmentation) to seeing the world through a very narrow band of light wavelengths, I’ve often wondered how the world–the universe–would look to a being such as God who would be able to access all wavelengths simultaneously: ultraviolet, infrared, gamma ray, radio, etc.
Well, I still have no idea, but I did come across a neat website yesterday that allows me to catch a glimpse: chromoscope.net. Using the zoom and pan abilities and the slider at the right, you can view any part of the cosmos at different light wavelengths.
Of course, to a certain extent the images provided at non-visible wavelengths are an illusion, since they must be colored with visible wavelength colors for us to get an idea of what would be “seen.” Still, I think it’s fascinating, and it amazes me how much detail and “activity” there is out there beyond our senses yet, of course, clearly within God’s.
And He wouldn’t have to view one set at a time but can view them all at once. I tried to come as (feebly) close to this as possible by moving the slider up and down rapidly and “blending” the images together, but it wasn’t too helpful. Leaving me thinking that as neat as this website is, I am left at the limits expressed by Job: “Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways, and how small a whisper we hear of Him!” (Job 26:14).
Here’s a nice video of how Chromoscope works. For some of you, the video will be all you’re interested in, though for others you’ll want to head out to the website to check it out yourself.
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[On a personal note, what I would like to see is an image that blends such pictures together in a more continuous way. For instance, rather than reusing the visible colors in various ways to make the “invisible” images visible (e.g., using shades of green for the X-ray images and shades of blue for the Gamma ray), why not use a continuous mapping of the wider range of light wavelengths onto the visible range? True, you would lose the connection between visible colors and their wavelengths, but you would gain the ability to blend all the pictures together in a much less artificial and arbitrary way, giving a truer picture of the full spectrum of wavelengths and their relation to each other, with “color” continuing to serve as a meaningful distinction marker–all in one, single image. If anyone knows of an image in which this was done, I would love to see it! And if anyone knows how to make such an image, well, get cracking!]