October 24, 2010

Searching for our origin.The journey must go on!

Right from the early days of humanity , curiosity has been a key element in the development of mankind. Either this curiosity is induced in it or it developed on its own is also a question of debate like the existence of mankind itself. Probably the most appealing question for human curiosity is the creation of this universe and what brought us to the point of existence.

If we see the endeavors by humanity, from the invention of wheel and use of fire to landing on moon and aiming to discover the farthest places of the universe , we see the purpose of life as exploring things to satisfy the hunger for knowledge and to discover the unknown.

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March 2, 2010

Astronomically Large Lenses Measure the Age and Size of the Universe

Filed under: exploration, physics — Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , — syedfaisal @ 4:45 pm

Menlo Park, Calif. -Using entire galaxies as lenses to look at other galaxies, researchers have a newly precise way to measure the size and age of the uni…

via Astronomically Large Lenses Measure the Age and Size of the Universe.

April 14, 2008

Origin of the Universe(Part 3)…Kun Faya Kun

Filed under: exploration, physics, thoughts — Tags: , , , , , , — syedfaisal @ 6:08 pm


Though I am in the process of searching for the answer and during the last few days i was thinking on the same old question of origin of the universe (i leave the details for some future post of the series) and that search came up with new sets of questions to answer when I started to look into the words of the Quran ,”Kun Faya Kun”(Be and it is) with a slight different point of view.

Uptill now most of the creationists and evolutionists debates go around the issue whether God created the universe or it happened by chance and then a series of

events happened resulting in the triggering of other events

leading to the

creation of the universe in the current form which is still expanding

means the process is continued.

Research is being going on to discover the initial conditions of the universe so as to complete the scientific

model of the universe based on mathematical proofs

but still after years of research we are

still in the initial stages

(I am saying this because a lot is yet to be discovered).

Remarkable achievements have been made such as development of the detailed map of the universe by scientists with the help of the United Kingdom Infra-Red Telescope(University of Nottingham worked on the project for three years and announced the results recently) and on the other hand some people consider it

a waste of time to think on the topic and say God has made it so it  is

but the problem is how?

and what was the mechanism?

Was the process self triggered or someone was required

to initiate the process?

Was and is the process self running or someone is needed to run it?

After giving some time thinking on the words Kun Faya Kun (Be and it is), it seems to me quiet religious to

think of the origin process as self  triggered and self running (don’t think I am an evolutionist , I am still searching for the answer) because be and it is means the process of origination initiated by itself and so the continuation of the process is still there even today .

(to be continued……………………………………………………….  )

March 12, 2008

Discovery of the world’s oldest animation.

I hope people who love history will find it interesting.

During 1970s Italian archaeological team discovered a bowl from the ruins of a 5,200 years old city which they named The Burnt City’s goat’.

But now they have discovered that it is a series of images makin an animation which now they name as ‘Assyrian Tree of Life’.

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(series of images)

(after combining the series of images makes an animation)

In the animation there is a goat trying to eat the leaves of a tree.

you will find the full story really interesting:

January 22, 2008

Could The Universe Be Tied Up With Cosmic String?—>An remarkable discovery in pursuit of the very origin of the universe.

Filed under: exploration, physics — Tags: , — syedfaisal @ 5:38 pm

An interesting discovery related to the very origin of the universe.

It Says: “A team of physicists and astronomers from the University of Sussex and Imperial College London have uncovered hints that there may be cosmic strings – lines of pure mass-energy – stretching across the entire Universe.” The details (from are:

Cosmic strings are predicted by high energy physics theories, including superstring theory. This is based on the idea that particles are not just little points, but tiny vibrating bits of string Cosmic strings are predicted to have extraordinary amounts of mass – perhaps as much as the mass of the Sun – packed into each metre of a tube whose width is less a billion billionth of the size of an atom.Lead researcher Dr Mark Hindmarsh, Reader in Physics at the University of Sussex, said: “This is an exciting result for physicists. Cosmic strings are relics of the very early Universe and signposts that would help construct a theory of all forces and particles.”His team took data from NASA’s Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP), which is a satellite currently mapping the intensity of cosmic microwaves from all directions, and carefully compared the predictions of what should be seen with and without strings.Dr Hindmarsh said: “We cannot yet see these strings directly. They are many billion light years away. We can only look for indirect evidence of their existence through precision measurements of the cosmic microwave background, of cosmic rays, gravitational radiation, and looking for double images of distant quasars.”The four-person team are members of COSMOS, the UK’s world-leading cosmology supercomputing consortium fronted by Stephen Hawking. Using a Silicon Graphics supercomputer they made predictions of how the strings would affect the Cosmic Microwave Background, relic radio waves from the Big Bang which fill the universe. It turned out that the best explanation for the pattern of this radiation was a theory which included strings.Dr Hindmarsh said that better data is required before the existence of cosmic strings can be confirmed. He hopes this will be produced by the European Space Agency’s Planck Satellite mission (due for launch this year).The results are published in Physical Review Letters on 18 January, 2008.

The Microwave Sky. The detailed, all-sky picture of the infant universe from three years of WMAP data. The image reveals 13.7 billion year old temperature fluctuations (shown as color differences) that correspond to the seeds that grew to become the galaxies. (Credit: NASA/WMAP Science Team)

December 31, 2007

Mysterious Cosmic Powerhouses Explored.

Filed under: exploration, physics — Tags: , , , , — syedfaisal @ 11:56 am

By working in synergy with a ground-based telescope array, the joint Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)/NASA Suzaku X-ray observatory is shedding new light on some of the most energetic objects in our galaxy, but objects that remain shrouded in mystery.


These cosmic powerhouses pour out vast amounts of energy, and they accelerate particles to almost the speed of light. But very little is known about these sources because they were discovered only recently. “Understanding these objects is one of the most intriguing problems in astrophysics,” says Takayasu Anada of the Institute for Space and Astronautical Science in Kanagawa, Japan. Anada is lead author of a paper presented last week at a Suzaku science conference in San Diego, Calif.

These mysterious objects have been discovered in just the last few years by an array of four European-built telescopes named the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), located in the African nation of Namibia. H.E.S.S. indirectly detects very-high-energy gamma rays from outer space. These gamma rays are the highest-energy form of light ever detected from beyond Earth, so H.E.S.S. and other similar arrays have opened up a new branch of astronomy.

The gamma rays themselves are absorbed by gases high up in Earth’s atmosphere. But as the gamma rays interact with air molecules, they produce subatomic particles that radiate a blue-colored light known as Cherenkov radiation. H.E.S.S. detects this blue light, whose intensity and direction reveals the energy and position of the gamma-ray source.

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