The vastness of Allah’s creation

The vastness of Allah’s creation

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Antares is the 15th brightest star in the sky. It is more than 1000 light years away.

The nearest star to us is approx 4 light years away.

Calculation of a light year

A light year is 5,865,696,000,000 miles (9,460,800,000,000 kilometers).

Let’s say that a star is 1 million light years away. The light from that star has traveled at the speed of light to reach us. Therefore, it has taken the star’s light 1 million years to get here, and the light we are seeing was created 1 million years ago. So the star we are seeing is really how the star looked a million years ago, not how it looks today.

In the same way, our sun is 8 or so light minutes away. If the sun were to suddenly explode right now, we wouldn’t know about it for eight minutes because that is how long it would take for the light of the explosion to get here.

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2 Responses to “The vastness of Allah’s creation”


  1. 1 Jack March 19, 2009 at 11:00 am

    This really does give a good sense of scale. It actually makes me feel quite small and insignificant.. But in a weird way also makes me feel quite safe.

  2. 2 yusuf February 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    Assalamu alaikum. Dear akhi I have never heard of that story you told of Musa (as) or about the beast that was mentioned in it. Can see if you find out where the person you were paraphrasing from got it?

    JazakAllaah khair


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