Translation of Sorat Ya-Sin Ayat 38 – Miracles of the Quran
The Almighty said [36:38] “And the sun runs to a resting place for it“
Meaning that the sun after running, will seize to move and rest in a pre-designated place!
[36:40] “It is not fit and proper for the sun to overtake the moon nor the nighttime one to take the lead over the daytime. They each swim in an orbit.”
We know that the moon orbits the earth and that is how we observe the lunar cycle phenomenon, but what does the sun orbit? And where is it destined to rest?
It has become a scientific fact that the sun and the stars that we see at night are part of 200-400 billion stars that form our galaxy – the milky way, and this is what it looks like in a dark night with no city lights.
But galaxies in general and ours in particular look like a whirlpool, our galaxy spins counter-clockwise and our sun is located halfway between the core and the edge of the galaxy and rotates around the galactic center once every 250 million years, and accelerate as it gets closer and closer to the center.
In January 2009, NASA released a composite infrared image of the never-seen-before core of the milky way and encompasses 2000 images taken by the Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes in infrared, the core of the galaxy appears as a cloud at the lower right area of the image
For some time, scientists have hinted that galaxies in general and ours in particular contain a supermasive black hole that is almost zero size, although it will be impossible to see the black hole itself, we can see its effect at the “Event Horizon” as stars orbit the black hole at such a high speed that the stars themselves are torn apart and become like clouds that eventually rest in the core of the galaxy.
Eventually, after millions or maybe billions of years, the stars of the milky way including our sun will face the same fait and will settle in the core of the galaxy.
And this is the interpretation of the Ayat [36:38] “And the sun runs to a resting place for it”
The video below maps the position of our sun as it rotates around the milky way, the information was collected by the European Space Agency (ESA) from its Hipparcos mission back in 1989.
By: Husein A. Kattab
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