Though they are of record, in this recital no attempt will be made to give exact years in reckoning time in terms of current usage – the present leap-year calendar of 365¼ days to the year. Thus, the nearest whole numbers will be used as the better method of presenting these historic facts.
When referring to an event as of one or two million of years ago, such an occurrence is dated back that number of years from the early decades of the twentieth century of the Christian era. Thus, these far distant events are depicted as occurring in even periods of thousands, millions, and billions of years.
1. THE ANDRONOVER NEBULA
Urantia is the universal nomenclature of our planet, and it is of origin in our sun, and our sun is one of the multifarious offspring of the Andronover nebula, which was one time organized as a component part of the physical power and material matter of our local universe of Nebadon, which itself comprises 10,000,000 evolving inhabitable worlds.
Total space is not without boundaries. (See Illustrations A-E.) We are (right now) located in its 2nd Space Path, comprising 7 superuniverses of l,000,000,000,000 (one trillion) evolving inhabitable worlds each. Nebadon is just one of the 100,000 local universes found within our 7th Superuniverse of Orvonton, its headquarters’ capital being Uversa.
The great Andronover Nebula itself took origin in the universal force- charge of space in our superuniverse of Orvonton, long, long ago. At the time of the beginning of this great nebula recital, the Primary Master Force Organizers of Paradise, the eternal central Isle of all creation and dwelling place of God Himself, had long been in full control of the space energies which were later organized as the Andronover nebula.
987,000,000,000 years ago, associate force organizer and then acting inspector number 811,307 of the Orvonton series, traveling out from Uversa, reported to the Orvonton rulers, the Ancient of Days, that space conditions were favorable for the initiation of materialization phenomena in a certain sector of the, then, easterly segment of Orvonton.
900,000,000,000 years ago, the Uversa archives testify, there was recorded a permit issued by the Uversa Council of Equilibrium to the superuniverse government authorizing the dispatch of a force organizer and staff to the region previously designated by inspector number 811,307. The Orvonton authorities commissioned the original discover of this potential universe to execute the mandate of the Ancient of Days calling for the organization of a new material creation.
The recording of this permit signifies that the force organizer and staff had already departed from Uversa on the long journey to that easterly space sector where they were subsequently to engage in those protracted activities which would terminate in the emergence of a new physical creation in Orvonton.
875,000,000,000 years ago, the enormous Andronover nebula number 876,926 was duly initiated. Only the presence of the force organizer and the liaison staff was required to inaugurate the energy whirl which eventually grew into this vast cyclone of space. Subsequent to the initiation of such nebular revolutions, the living force organizers simply withdraw at right angles to the plane of the revolutionary disk, and from that time forward, the inherent qualities of energy insure the progressive and orderly evolution of such a new physical system.
2.THE PRIMARY NEBULAR STAGE
All evolutionary material creations are born of circular and gaseous nebulae, and all such primary nebulae are circular throughout the early part of their gaseous existence. As they grow older, they usually become spiral, and when their function of sun formation has run its course, they often terminate as clusters of stars or as enormous suns surrounded by a varying number of planets, satellites, and smaller groups of matter in many ways resembling our own diminutive solar system.
800,000,000,000 years ago, the Andronover creation was well established as one of the magnificent primary nebulae of Orvonton. As the astronomers of near-by universes looked out upon this phenomenon of space, they saw very little to attract their attention. Gravity estimates made in adjacent creations indicated that space materializations were taking place in the Andronover regions, but that was all.
700,000,000,000 years ago, the Andronover system was assuming gigantic proportions. At this distant date, all of the material bequeathed to the subsequent creations were held within the confines of this gigantic space wheel, which continued ever to whirl and, after reaching its maximum of diameter, to whirl faster and faster as it continued to condense and contract.
600,000,000,000 years ago, the height of the Andronover energy- mobilization period was attained; the nebula had acquired its maximum of mass. At this time, it was a gigantic circular gas cloud in shape somewhat like a flattened spheroid. This was the early period of differential mass formation and varying revolutionary velocity. Gravity and other influences were about to begin their work of converting space gases into organized matter.
3.THE SECONDARY NEBULAR STAGE
The enormous nebula now began gradually to assume the spiral form and to become clearly visible to the astronomers of even distant universes. This is the natural history of most nebulae; before they begin to throw off suns and start upon the work of universe building, these secondary space nebulae are usually observed as spiral phenomena.
The near-by star students of that faraway era, as they observed this metamorphosis of the Andronover nebula, saw exactly what our present-day astronomers see when they turn their (e.g., “Hubble”) telescopes spaceward and view the present-age spiral nebulae of adjacent outer space.
About the time of the attainment of the maximum of mass, the gravity control of the gaseous content of this great nebula commenced to weaken, and there ensued the stage of gas escapement, the gas streaming forth as two gigantic and distinct arms, which took origin on opposite sides of the mother mass.
The rapid revolutions of this enormous central core soon imparted a spiral appearance to these two projecting gas streams. The cooling and subsequent condensation of portions of these protruding arms eventually produced their knotted appearance. These denser portions were vast systems and subsystems of physical matter whirling through space in the midst of the gaseous cloud of the nebula while being held securely within the gravity grasp of the mother wheel.
But the nebula had begun to contract, and the increase in the rate of revolution further lessened gravity control; and erelong, the outer gaseous regions began actually to escape from the immediate embrace of the nebular nucleus, passing out into space on circuits of irregular outline, returning to the nuclear regions to complete their circuits, and so on. But this was only a temporary stage of nebula progression. The ever-increasing rate of whirling was soon to throw enormous suns off into space on independent circuits. And this is what happened in Andronover ages upon ages ago. The energy wheel grew and grew until it attained its maximum of expansion, and then, when contraction set in, it whirled on faster and faster until, eventually, the critical centrifugal stage was reached and the great breakup began.
500,000,000,000 years ago, the first Andronover sun was born. This blazing streak broke away from the mother gravity grasp and tore out into space on an independent adventure in the cosmos of creation. Its orbit was determined by its path of escape. Such young suns quickly become spherical and start out on their long and eventful careers as the stars of space. Excepting terminal nebular nucleuses, the vast majority of Orvonton suns have had an analogous birth. These escaping suns pass through varied periods of evolution and subsequent universe service.
400,000,000,000 years ago, began the recaptive period of the Andronover nebula. Many of the near-by and smaller suns were recaptured as a result of the gradual enlargement and further condensation of the mother nucleus. Very soon there was inaugurated the terminal phase of nebular condensation, the period which always precedes the final segregation of these immense space aggregations of energy and matter.
300,000,000,000 years ago, the Andronover solar circuits were well established, and the nebular system was passing through a transient period of relative physical stability.
200,000,000,000 years ago, witnessed the progression of contraction and condensation with enormous heat generation in the Andronover central cluster, or nucleus mass. Relative space appeared even in the regions near the central mother-sun wheel. The outer regions were becoming more stabilized and better organized; some planets revolving around the newborn suns had cooled sufficiently to be suitable for life implantation. The oldest inhabited planets of Nebadon date from these times.
100,000,000,000 years ago, the nebular apex of condensation tension was reached; the point of maximum heat tension was attained. This critical stage of gravity-heat contention sometimes last for ages, but sooner or later, heat wins the struggle with gravity, and the spectacular period of sun dispersion begins. And this marks the end of the secondary career of a space nebula.
4. TERTIARY AND QUARTAN STAGES
The primary stage of a nebula is circular; the secondary spiral; the tertiary stage is that of the first sun dispersion, while the quartan embraces the second and last cycle of sun dispersion, with the mother nucleus ending either as a globular cluster or as a solitary sun functioning as the center of a terminal solar system.
75,000,000,000 years ago, this nebula had attained the height of its sun-family stage. This was the apex of the first period of sun losses. The majority of these suns have since possessed themselves of extensive systems of planets, satellites, dark islands, comets, meteors, and cosmic dust clouds.
50,000,000,000 years ago, this first period of sun dispersion was completed; the nebula was fast finishing its tertiary cycle of existence, during which it gave origin to 876,926 sun systems.
25,000,000,000 years ago, witnessed the completion of the tertiary cycle of nebular life and brought about the organization and relative stabilization of the far flung starry systems derived from this parent nebula. But the process of physical contraction and increased heat production continued in the central mass of the nebular remnant.
10,000,000,000 years ago, the quartan cycle of Andronover began. The maximum of nuclear-mass temperature had been attained, the critical point of condensation was approaching. The original mother nucleus was convulsing under the combined pressure of its own internal-heat condensation tension and the increasing gravity-tidal pull of the surrounding swarm of liberated sun systems. The nuclear eruptions which were to inaugurate the second nebular sun cycle were imminent. The quartan cycle of nebular existence was about to begin.
8,000,000,000 years ago, the terrific terminal eruption began. Only the outer systems are safe at the time of such a cosmic upheaval. And this was the beginning of the end of the nebula. This final sun disgorgement extended over a period of almost two billion years.
7,000,000,000 years ago, witnessed the height of the Andronover terminal breakup. This was the period of the birth of the larger terminal suns and the apex of the local physical disturbances.
6,000,000,000 years ago, marks the end of the terminal breakup and the birth of our sun, the fifty-sixth from the last of the Andronover second solar family. This final eruption of the nebular nucleus gave birth to 136,702 suns, most of them solitary orbs. The total number of suns and sun systems having origin in the Andronover nebula was 1,013,628. The number of our solar system sun is 1,013,572.
And now the great Andronover nebula is no more, but it lives on in the many suns and their planetary families which originated in this mother cloud of space. The final nuclear remnant of this magnificent nebula still burns with a reddish glow and continues to give forth moderate light and heat to its remnant planetary family of one hundred and sixty-five worlds, which now revolve about this venerable mother of two mighty generations of the monarchs of light.