The Helix Nebula

// August 22nd, 2008 // Blog


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The Helix Nebula, also known as The helix or NGC 7293, is a large planetary nebula (PN) in the sky and is placed the zodiac constellation of Aquarius. Discovered by Karl Ludwig Harding, probably before 1824, this notably object is one of the closest of all the bright planetary nebulae to the Earth. The estimated distance is about 215 parsec[s] or 700 light-years from us… The Helix has often been referred to as the Eye of God on the Internet, since about 2003. [Source: Wikipedia]

وَلِلَّهِ مُلْكُ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ ۗ وَاللَّهُ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ

To Allāh belongeth the dominion of the heavens and the earth; and Allāh hath power over all things.


إِنَّ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ وَاخْتِلَافِ اللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ لَآيَاتٍ لِأُولِي الْأَلْبَابِ

Behold! in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the alternation of night and day,- there are indeed Signs for men of understanding,-


الَّذِينَ يَذْكُرُونَ اللَّهَ قِيَامًا وَقُعُودًا وَعَلَىٰ جُنُوبِهِمْ وَيَتَفَكَّرُونَ فِي خَلْقِ السَّمَاوَاتِ وَالْأَرْضِ رَبَّنَا مَا خَلَقْتَ هَـٰذَا بَاطِلًا سُبْحَانَكَ فَقِنَا عَذَابَ النَّارِ

Men who celebrate the praises of Allāh, standing, sitting, and lying down on their sides, and contemplate the (wonders of) creation in the heavens and the earth, (With the thought): “Our Lord! not for naught Hast Thou created (all) this! Glory to Thee! Give us salvation from the penalty of the Fire.”

Holy Qur'an [3:189-191], Translation of meaning by Yusuf Ali

3 Responses to “The Helix Nebula”

  1. sapteka says:

    Nice blog.
    Regards, Sapteka from Bali Island.
    http://www.sapteka.net

  2. misspecs says:

    Beautiful post. The last verse did hit home more than it does coupled with the article about the nebula.

    Sometimes, i really wish i could understand Verses just as someone reads them out to me… but maybe i’m not that good. It takes an example for comprehension to dawn. Ah well, either ways, if you get the comprehension, what more can you ask for! JazakAllahuKhair, iMuslim!

  3. iMuslim says:

    Sapteka… welcome!

    Missspecs… Allah instructs to look to His creation for His signs, which suggests that some verses will only fully hit home when we listen to His advice. Allahu ‘alam.

    This nebula caught my eye (ahem) whilst watching a programme on the History Channel, titled ‘the Universe’. The label “Eye of God” grabbed my attention. The image above was taken with the Hubble telescope, and the fully zoomed in shots are just as awesome, if not more so, subhanallah. There are even lines on the edge of the ‘iris’ area, which were originally thought to be cometary trails… just like the lines one would see on a human iris. Amazing!

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