Jamadi Ul Akhir 1422
Volume 15-09 No:177
Comets orbiting a distant star have been discovered to contain water. In the journal Nature dt. July 12, 2001, scientists claimed that it is the first time water, so vital for life has been discovered in objects circling a star other than our sun which is also a star. This discovery supports the theory that other planetary systems may be similar to our own solar system and may contain chemicals that are essential to the formation of life, as we know it. This particular star is identified as C. W. Leonis and is located some 3,000 trillion miles from Earth in the constellation Leo. Scientists have no way of knowing whether life ever existed on any comets or planets orbiting this particular star. One conclusion is that no life could exist there now. The reason for this conclusion is that this star has burned out the last of its nuclear fuel and the star has swelled and increased in luminosity, engulfing nearby objects and melting comets in orbits as distant as Neptune is from our own sun — releasing the water that astronomers spotted using a radio-telescope in outer space.
Gary Melnic, chief scientist on the project and an astronomer at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts, regrets that the existence of these bodies is measured through their destruction. He says that there could have been water closer to the star, bolstering the idea that life may have existed outside our solar system. Scientists have believed that the comets helped build life on earth. The comets along with important chemicals bring the water in our oceans as they hurtled through earth’s atmosphere.
The amount of water estimated from the distant comets is about 10 times the mass of earth. By peeking at the dying star far in the distance and therefore long in the past, scientists said they had also glimpsed for the first time a vision of the fiery future of our own world. As our sun begins to die in about 6 billion years, it will also first grow larger and hotter, vaporizing earth’s oceans, reducing planets and comets to cinders. Scientists have never before seen the effects of a dying star on its surroundings, although the process is not thought to be uncommon. Every star in the galaxies comprising of billion stars in the universe will go though similar cycles of destruction.
It has been shown that Islam is not in conflict with science and that the Qur’an does not contradict or negate modem scientific findings. On the other hand, Western scholars have credited Islam for the advancement of scientific knowledge by Muslim scientists. 1,400 years later, modem science is confirming what has been revealed in the Qur’an. A learned Muslim will find in the Qur’an rare scientific truths.
Consider the following Qur’anic Verse:
Have you not seen how Allah wafteth the clouds, then gathers them, then makes them layers, and you see the rain come forth from between them,............ Surah An-Nur 24: 43 (first half)
Here Allah is describing the formation of rain clouds and the rainfall from the clouds. This phenomenon is very common and known to every human being. But what is not known to the human beings are the truths that are found in the following ayah from the Noble Qur’an. .
Wa anz’ala min’assa maai Ma’an....’
‘And causeth water to descend from the heavens. ‘
Surah Baqara 2: 22, Surah Ibrahim 14: 22 and Surah An-Nahl, 16: 10, & 65.
Now the question is why does Allah says that He causes the water to descend from the heavens, in apparent contradiction to the An-Nur, 24: 43 first half of the verse cited above. If carefully studied, the following verse makes no sense and the disbelievers would belittle the Noble Qur’an : ‘...He sendeth down from the heaven mountains wherein is hail...” Surah An-Nur, 24: 43 (Second Half)
All the interpreters of the Qur’an did not give the right interpretation of this verse. Hail is frozen rain or stones of frozen water. This verse very clearly states that Allah sends down from the Heavens Mountains containing ice or comets of ice. According to this verse, mountains of ice or comets of ice are sent down from the heavens (space) towards the earth. Until 1986 mankind did not know this phenomenon. In 1988 this phenomenon has been confirmed scientifically.
The story of this startling scientific discovery and its confirmation by experimentation is worth mentioning here. Dr. Louis Frank, a Physicist at the University of Iowa, Iowa City, studied the data gathered from 1981-1986 by Dynamic Explorer I satellite. The satellite took ultraviolet Images of the earth, particularly to study the air glow around the earth. In these images, Frank found holes punched through the atmosphere. These holes could not be explained. He discarded dozens of explanations after analyzing them. He finally concluded that snowballs or comets of Ice coming from space could only make the holes. He estimated the weight of each comet to be 100 tons and they are coated with black hydrocarbons. They are falling on the earth at the rate of 10 million a year (27,397 per day or 19 every minute.)
The snowball or comet of ice measures about 30 feet across. Dr. Clayne Yeates, a Physicist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California told this writer that the comets of ice or snowballs are moving at 10 kilometers per second (21,600 MPH) relative to the earth and at about 1,000 km (600 miles) above the earth. They break up (into hail) due to tidal waves and would then flash to vapor in the atmosphere. Finally, the vapour would fall as rain and joins the earth’s water cycle. Dr. Frank’s calculations show this would contribute the equivalent of one inch of water all over the earth’s surface every 10,000 years. The earth was formed 4.9 billion years ago and if this has been happening since formation of the earth, the process would provide enough water for the oceans and the polar Ice packs.
Dr. Yeates used a powerful space search telescope at the Kitt Peak Observatory in Arizona. Using this telescope he scanned the heavens for the snowballs or icy comets. By swinging the telescope, similar to a shotgun at a skeet shoot, he photographed the descending icy comets. He told this writer that viewing through this telescope he was able to see the icy comets 150,000-km or 90,000 miles above the earth (or the heavens). Dr.Yeates said, “It was remarkable”. The results agreed exactly with the predictions.
The author is Professor of Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine Louisville, Kentucky and heads the Islamic Research Foundation Inc. He can be contacted at IRFI@INAME.COM