The extent and majesty of the universe is truly beyond human comprehension and it gives us a glimpse into the tremendous
nature and power of God. The circumference of our planet earth is twenty five thousand miles, that is a distance that light can
travel 7 times in one second. As the distances become larger the numbers however become mind boggling. The universe is so vast
that the distances between stars and galaxies have to be measured in "light years," which is the distance traveled by light in a year at
the speed of three hundred thousand kilometers per second.
Our solar system consists of the earth and eight other planets that are orbiting around a star that we call the sun. The distance
between Earth and Sun is eight minutes at the speed of light. The distance to the furtherest planet Pluto is 5 hours and 28 minutes at
the speed of light, compared to this, the nearest star from the Earth other than our Sun, is four light years away.
The Sun and planets, along with two hundred billion other stars, comprises our galaxy "The Milky Way." At the edge of
Milky way galaxy our Sun looks just like a tiny speck when compared to the size of the galaxy "The Milky Way," is one hundred and
fifty thousand light years across. This means that traveling at the speed of light, it would take one hundred and fifty thousand
years to go from one side of Milky Way to the other. The galaxies on the average are separated from each other by about ten
million light years. There are about 500 hundred billion such galaxies in the truly gigantic universe.
In this vast universe are we the only creation? That does not seem logically correct. Indeed Quran tells us that there are
many other earths where God's commandments are coming one after another as these other earths mature at different times.
In the following Quranic verses other heavens and earths are mentioned. The word seven is used in Quran to denote a very
large number more like infinite.
|THE TRULY TREMENDOUS UNIVERSE
|God it is who has created seven heavens, and similar number of the earths
The commandments comes down among them slowly, that you may know that God is Able to do all things,
And that God surrounds all things in knowledge. Quran 65:12
The creation of the heavens and the earth is definitely a greater thing
than creation of mankind, however, most of mankind knows not. Qur'an 40:57
PLANETS AROUND A STAR LIKE OUR SUN 200 BILLION STARS IN A GALAXY 500 BILLION OR MORE GALAXIES