Friday, February 19, 2010

565)Dynamic, Perpetual, Continuous As Opposed To A Static Creation: A New Vista On The Birth Of Stars In The Orion Nebula; Quotes Of Aga Khans

"The creation according to Islam is not a unique act in a given time but a perpetual and constant event; and God supports and sustains all existence at every moment by His will and His thought. Outside His will, outside His thought, all is nothing, even the things which seem to us absolutely self-evident such as space and time. Allah alone wishes: the Universe exists; and all manifestations are as a witness of the Divine Will"(Memoirs of Aga Khan III, 1954)

"Indeed, one strength of Islam has always lain in its belief that creation is not static but continuous, that through scientific and other endeavours, God has opened and continues to open new windows for us to see the marvels of His creation"(Aga Khan IV, Aga Khan University, 16 March 1983, Karachi, Pakistan)

A new VISTA on stellar birthplace

Telescope snaps revealing image of picturesque Orion star-forming region

By Ron Cowen
Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

EnlargeStars bright in different light
This infrared portrait of the Orion starbirth region was taken by the European Southern Observatory’s new VISTA telescope, the world’s largest wide-field-of view telescope. The image, which measures about 35 light-years from top to bottom, records radiation with about twice the wavelength of light visible to the human eye. Many of the red features just above the center are young stars and the high-speed streams of gas they eject. These stars are completely hidden by dust in visible light but can be seen at dust-penetrating infrared wavelengths. ESO

Using its infrared eyes to peer into the dusty center of the Milky Way’s Orion star-forming region, the world’s largest panoramic telescope has produced a revealing new portrait of this familiar stellar nursery. The image was taken at the Paranal Observatory in northern Chile by the new 4.1-meter VISTA (for Visible and Infrared Survey Telescope for Astronomy) telescope, which records large sections of sky in a single exposure.

Orion lies about 1,350 light-years from Earth. Like previous images taken of the region in visible light, the center of the new picture shows the four hot, young stars known as the Trapezium, which blast ultraviolet light into surrounding space and set the Orion region aglow. But VISTA’s view also shows many other newborn stars, which in visible light are hidden by dust. Because infrared light penetrates dust, VISTA was able to record these youngsters and the high-speed streams of gas they eject.

The sweeping, high-resolution image bodes well for studies of less familiar and more distant reaches of the universe to be targeted by the telescope, says VISTA researcher Richard Hook of the European Southern Observatory in Garching, Germany. Sixteen infrared-sensitive detectors provide the telescope with 67 million pixels, giving VISTA an unprecedented width for its field of view. That capability enables VISTA to take panoramic infrared images in a much shorter time than other infrared telescopes, Hook says. The European Southern Observatory released the image, taken by VISTA last fall, on February 10.

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Easy Nash

In Shia Islam, intellect is a key component of faith. Intellect allows us to understand the creation of God: Aga Khan IV(2008)
The Qur'an itself repeatedly recommends Muslims to become better educated in order better to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
The Quran tells us that signs of Allah's Sovereignty are found in the contemplation of His Creation: Aga Khan IV(2007)
This notion of the capacity of the human intellect to understand and to admire the creation of Allah will bring you happiness in your everyday lives: Aga Khan IV(2007)
Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation: Aga Khan IV(2006)
The Holy Qu'ran's encouragement to study nature and the physical world around us gave the original impetus to scientific enquiry among Muslims: Aga Khan IV(1985)
The first and only thing created by God was the Intellect(Aql): Prophet Muhammad(circa 632CE)