Astronomy - Intermediate


Distance in light-years.

1400 years ago people knew the brightest star in the night sky, Sirius, however nobody knew the distance to this star. Sirius is mentioned in the Quran by name in chapter "The Star".

Quran 53:49
And that it is He who is the Lord of Sirius.

٤٩ وَأَنَّهُ هُوَ رَبُّ الشِّعْرَىٰ

Getting distance to Sirius from Google.

Sirius is 8.61 light-years away from Earth.

Converting to short-range scale. From

8.61 light-years is equivalent to 861 centi light-years. So distance to Sirius is 861 centi light-years. It turned out that between the word "Star" in the first verse and the word "Earth" in verse 32 there are 861 letters.

286099 - 285238 = 861

The word "Star" and word "Earth" are separated by 861 letters. Today we know that Sirius is 861 centi light-years away from Earth.

How could an illiterate man who lived 1400 years ago have known the distance to Sirius?

The Quran (Koran, the book of Islam) contains scientific knowledge that could not have been known 1400 years ago. It ranges from basic arithmetics to the most advanced topics in astrophysics. You are invited to go through those miracles and judge for yourself.

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