British Astronomer Fred Hoyle first used the term “big bang theory” when he hosted a radio show in London. It referenced Edwin Hubble’s theory that everything had a beginning.
Hoyle had the idea heavenly bodies were constantly being created, called “star nurseries,” signifying there is no definite time of creation. He believed everything was created in a single event, nothing was created separately, and there had been nothing before this creation.
However, evidence shows that it was not a drawn out process–but one sudden beginning to everything.
It wasn’t an explosion. It was merely a reference to a sudden beginning that hadn’t occurred before and has not occurred since.
The Bible references a sudden beginning.
1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
Genesis 1: 1-2
Most Christians believe in some kind of sudden beginning, like the theory, since this is how the Bible describes it.
This image was captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope’s Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS), a highly efficient wide-field camera covering the optical and near-infrared parts of the spectrum. While this lovely image contains hundreds of distant stars and galaxies, one vital thing is missing — the object Hubble was actually studying at the time! This is not because the target has disappeared. The ACS actually uses two detectors: the first captures the object being studied — in this case an open star cluster known as NGC 299 — while the other detector images the patch of space just ‘beneath’ it. This is what can be seen here. Technically, this picture is merely a sidekick of the actual object of interest — but space is bursting with activity, and this field of bright celestial bodies offers plenty of interest on its own. It may initially seem to show just stars, but a closer look reveals many of these tiny objects to be galaxies. The spiral galaxies have arms curving out from a bright centre. The fuzzier, less clearly shaped galaxies might be ellipticals. Some of these galaxies contain millions and millions of stars, but are so distant that all of their starry residents are contained within just a small pinprick of light that appears to be the same size as a single star! The bright blue dots are very hot stars, sometimes distorted into crosses by the struts supporting Hubble’s secondary mirror. The redder dots are cooler stars, possibly in the red giant phase when a dying star cools and expands.