Monday, January 22, 2007

117)Astronomical potpourri.

The Sombrero galaxy in infrared:

The Sombrero galaxy(shaped like a Mexican hat or sombrero) ,

is 50,000 light years in diameter. That would be approximately 500,000,000,000,000,000 or 500 thousand trillion kilometers just to get from one end of the galaxy to the other, to give you an idea of the unimaginable sizes and distances involved in space. The galaxy is 28 million light years away from planet earth. Try figuring that out in kilometers!

What is a light year in kilometers:

The magnificent tail of Comet McNaught as seen in the southern hemisphere:


Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation:Aga Khan 4.
The God of the Quran is the One whose Ayats(Signs) are the Universe in which we live, move and have our being:Aga Khan 3