Today there are many Westerners for whom Islam can be reduced to three ideas: fanaticism, fatalism and polygamy. Of course, there does exist a more cultivated public whose ideas about Islam are less deformed. Common misconceptions include that Muslims worship a moon-god, that Islam is oppressive against women, or that Islam is a faith that promotes violence. So, in the virtues of Ramadan’ month, we bust some misunderstandings and expose the true teachings of Islam.
The real face of life on alien worlds is far stranger than fiction. There’s an exotic zoo of planets out there many of them aren’t anything like the kind of planets we find in our own solar system. Space telescopes have spotted thousands of potential planets for extraterrestrials to call home. Using this data, we are zooming in to determine what the alien inhabitants might look like.
We all had to memorize that cute mnemonic solar system device in grade school that taught us the order of the planets. Some of us even had Milky Way placemats. But for most of us, the outer space education ended there.
From surviving ancient manuscripts it is clear that there has always been a belief that new lands could rise up from the ocean, while old ones could sink into the sea, destroying former civilizations in the process. The most famous of all the lost lands is that of Atlantis, described in great detail by Plato almost 2,500 years ago.
Space exploration is a grand adventure. Its mystery has always captivated us and the inevitable discoveries to come will add to the many cosmological insights we already have. But let this list serve as a warning for any weary inter-solar travelers. The universe can be a very frightening place. I hope no one should ever find themselves stuck in one of these worlds.