Posted: June 14, 2006 in Extra - Terrestrial

"Space: the final frontier…"

Our fascination with life on other worlds is an extension of our interest in life on Earth. “Animal Planet,” National Geographic, and zoos are all reflections of our curiosity about other forms of life.

So curiosity about extraterrestrial life is both understandable and long-standing. Today, many of our efforts to find DNA’s alien equivalents focus on distant locales; for example, the use of space-borne telescopes to sort through the spectra of extrasolar worlds, looking for
atmospheric gases that would be evidence of biology.

The Quran stated, over 1,400 years ago:

51:47 AND IT IS We who have built the universe with [Our creative] power; and, verily, it is We who are steadily expanding it.

It was only in 1998 "breakthrough of the year," according to the journal Science, that two teams eams of astronomers reported that the universe was not only expanding, but that the expansion was accelerating. The discovery could profoundly shape astronomers' notions about the nature of the universe. And it has tantalizing historical interest: It means that a mathematical error that Einstein called his biggest blunder might be correct after all.

Eagle Nebula

A billowing tower of gas and dust rises from the stellar nursery known as the Eagle Nebula. This small piece of the Eagle Nebula is 57 trillion miles long (91.7 trillion km).

25:61 HALLOWED is He who has set up in the skies great constellations, and has placed among them a [radiant] lamp and a light-giving moon.

55:37 And when the sky is rent asunder and becomes red like [burning] oil

Super Nova:

When a massive star exploded, spewing out its gaseous layers into a turbulent, star-forming region of the Large Magellanic Cloud, it left behind this chaotic cloud of gas and dust. The star that produced this supernova remnant was probably 50 times the mass of our Sun.

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