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The King of Rings
 
 
This diagram illustrates the extent of the largest ring around Saturn, discovered by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. The ring is huge, and far from the gas planet and the rest of its majestic rings.
 
What is the real meaning of “the inner nature of his parent”?
God’s creative energy is our parent:

The divine impulse is the kernel;
the physical parenting is just the shell.

O nut-like body, know that Love is your friend:
Inspired by Love the soul will break away the shell
in search of the kernel

~Jalal-ud-deen Rumi(ra)

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September 22, 2009--White dwarfs, newborn stars, and black holes crowd together in the violent pool of hot gases surrounding the core of our home galaxy, the Milky Way, in a new composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory.

The new picture, a mosaic of 88 images, reveals the complexity of interactions near the galaxy's central supermassive black hole. In the picture, for example, thousands of point-like x-ray sources are stars that are constantly having material pulled away by the gravity of dense, dead neighboring stars.
 
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it
 is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
 When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see
 that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight."
                      
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Have you ever seen a Moonbow?

 
They are elusive, but powerful to see. "Moonbows" are rainbows created by light from the Moon. Conditions have to be just right, and there are only a small number of places in the world where they regularly materialize, such as Victoria Falls on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe as seen above, Cumberland Falls in Kentucky, Yosemite Falls in California, and Waimea on Hawaii. Because they are so faint, moonbows are difficult to see with the naked eye (they usually appear just white). But with long-exposure photography, all the colors of moonbows can be seen. Below, check out a gorgeous video of stars, a moonbow and rainbow over Torres del Paine in Patagonia, Chile, and more moonbow images at Environmental Graffiti.
 
 
 
 


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Equinox Sunset

 
 
 
As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day often inspiring, or offering a moment for contemplation, a sunset is probably the most commonly photographed celestial event. But this uncommonly beautiful sunset picture was taken on a special day, the Equinox on September 22. Marking the astronomical change of seasons, on that day Earth dwellers experienced nearly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness (an equal night). Reflected in the calm waters of Lake Balaton with a motionless sailboat in silhouette, the Sun is setting due west and heading south across the celestial equator. In the background lies the Benedictine Archabbey of Tihany, Hungary. Tamas Ladanyi/ladanyi.csillagaszat.hu
 
 
If winter should say, "Spring is in my heart," who would believe winter?

~Khalil Gibran
 
 
 
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The Cosmic Web

 
 

The Cosmic Web - NGC 2070 by Joseph Brimacombe

Just one glance at this incredible visage is enough to make you do a double take. This intricate net of nebular mists is known as 30 Doradus, or even more commonly as the "Tarantula", but no space spider created this web. No, sir. What spun out these gossamer strands of HII silk is one of the largest and most active star forming regions known to our local galaxy group

 Like the intricate designs woven by the spider, the structures at the edges of these voids are particularly interesting. Dense pillars of gas and dust, sculpted by the stellar radiation, will be the birthplace of future generations of stars!

But like the spider web… It's a place of death, too....Older and weaker supernovae remnants are scattered about, their signatures as faint as the imprint of a fallen leaf that has long blown away. This "Cosmic Web" is home to many supergiant stars. At any moment, a snapshot of any dense region of supergiant stars will show a mixture of newborn stars and supernovae, the signature of stars who those that have lived fast and died young.

 
"The future is veiled from our eyes. The threads of each man's fate extend well beyond the boundaries of the visible world. Where they lead, we cannot see. Who can say that today's key will not be tomorrow's lock, or today's lock not tomorrow's key?"

~Nizami Ganjavi
 
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This picture is too gorgeous not to share it. A new Chandra X-ray telescope image shows a beautiful, dense region of massive stars in the Centaurus constellation. It almost appears as though someone threw a handful of colored candies out into space. Known as Westerlund 2, this star cluster has been a mysterious region of our galaxy, filled with dust and gas that have obscured our vision of what lies inside. But new X-ray observations with Chandra have revealed some of the hottest, brightest and most massive known stars, and this is now regarded as one of the most interesting star clusters in the Milky Way galaxy.
 
 
 
 
I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope wait without love
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and love and hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing
~T. S. Eliot
 
In order to know the reality of light, you must ascend to its source in a unique, personal experiment."
 
 ~ René Guénon

 
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When choosing
between two pleasures
always choose
the higher one.
 
 
Yesterday the nightingale was singing
a beautiful song by the stream
"You could make a rose out of rubies, emeralds and gold
but would it have a scent?"
Be fair.
 Admit that love has in it
All the righteousness we need.
 
Don't pretent to know something you haven't experienced.
Try something different.
Surrender.
 
~Jalal-ud-deen Rumi(ra)
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Northern stars trail around Polaris over a spectacular natural site in Yosemite Valley, a World Heritage Site in California, USA. Uppper Yosemite Falls, visible in the image, begins the 739 meters drop of Yosemite Falls, the world's 6th tallest waterfall. Babak Tafreshi/Dreamview.net.
 
 
 

Unknowingly, we plow the dust of stars, blown about us by the wind, and drink the universe in a glass of rain.

~  Ihab Hassan

When we understand the outside of things, we think we have them. Yet the Lord puts His things in subdefined, suggestive shapes, yielding no satisfactory meaning to the mere intellect, but unfolding themselves to the conscience and heart...

~George MacDonald
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Rosette Nebula

These roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God to-day. There is no time to them. There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of its existence. Before a leaf-bud has burst, its whole life acts; in the full-blown flower there is no more; in the leafless root there is no less. Its nature is satisfied, and it satisfies nature, in all moments alike. But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future. He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives with nature in the present, above time.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whatever possessions and objects of its desires the lower self may obtain, it hangs on to them, refusing to let them go out of greed for more, or out of fear of poverty and need.
 
When you come looking for sugar,
your bag will be examined
to see how much it can hold;
it will be filled accordingly.
~Jalal-ud-deen Rumi (ra)

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Solar Winds Triggered By Magnetic Fields
 
ScienceDaily (Nov. 2, 2009) — Solar wind generated by the sun is probably driven by a process involving powerful magnetic fields, according to a new study led by UCL (University College London) researchers based on the latest observations from the Hinode satellite.
 
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SUPERNOVA SN 1006
 
Just over a thousand years ago, the stellar explosion known as supernova SN 1006 was observed. It was brighter than Venus, and visible during the day for weeks. The brightest supernova ever recorded on Earth, this spectacular light show was documented in China, Japan, Europe, and the Arab world.

Ancient observers were treated to this celestial fireworks display without understanding its cause or implications. Astronomers now understand that SN 1006 was caused by a white dwarf star that captured mass from a companion star until the white dwarf became unstable and exploded. Recent observations of the remnant of SN 1006 reveal the liberation of elements such as iron that were previously locked up inside the star. Because no material falls back into a neutron star or black hole after this type of supernova explosion, the liberation of this star’s contents is complete. It represents, therefore, a cosmic version of Independence Day for this star.

The most secure place to hide a treasure of gold
is in some desolate, unoticed place.
Why would anyone hide treasure
in plain sight?
And so it is said,
"Joy is hidden beneath sorrow."
-Rumi, "Mathnawi" [III, 1133-1134]
 
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
Old Time is still a-Flying;
And this same flower that smiles today,
Tomorrow will be dying.
~Robert Herrick
 
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When Galaxies Collide, Our Solar System Will Go For A Ride

ScienceDaily (May 29, 2007) — For decades, astronomers have known that the Milky Way galaxy is on a collision course with the neighboring Andromeda spiral galaxy. What was unknown until now: the fate of the Sun and our solar system in that melee. New calculations by theorists T.J. Cox and Avi Loeb (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics) show that the Sun and its planets will be exiled to the outer reaches of the merged galaxy. Moreover, the collision will take place within the Sun's lifetime, before it becomes a burned-out white dwarf star."You could say that we're being sent to a retirement home in the country," said Cox. "We're living in the suburbs of the Milky Way right now, but we're likely to move much farther out after the coming cosmic smash-up."

Any descendants of humans observing the future sky will experience a very different view. The strip of Milky Way will be gone, replaced by a huge bulge of billions of stars. Future scientists may look back on today's research as the first prediction of things to come.

"This is the first paper in my publication record that has a chance of being cited five billion years from now," joked Loeb.

 
And this is all, for this we're born to weep a little and to die!
So sings the shallow bard whose life still labors at the letter "I".
 
~Sir Richard Francis Burton
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Centaurus A:
Black Hole Outflows From Centaurus A

This image of Centaurus A shows a spectacular new view of a supermassive black hole's power. Jets and lobes powered by the central black hole in this nearby galaxy are shown by submillimeter data (colored orange) from the Atacama Pathfinder Experiment (APEX) telescope in Chile and X-ray data (colored blue) from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. Visible light data from the Wide Field Imager on the Max-Planck/ESO 2.2 m telescope, also located in Chile, shows the dust lane in the galaxy and background stars. The X-ray jet in the upper left extends for about 13,000 light years away from the black hole. The APEX data shows that material in the jet is travelling at about half the speed of light.

 
"What, me, a mere play of shadows? But there are more and more people who, perhaps because of the savage times we live in, which challenge us so directly, perhaps because of the way we all move about, forced to compare different cultures and to see ourselves as products of our own, welcome the news that what we really are is not what is to be seen, but is "something else," and "somewhere else."
 
~ Doris Lessing
 
Sometimes darknesses comes over that He may make you aware of the value of His blessings upon you.
~Ibn Ata’Allah(ra)
 
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NASA's Chandra Sees Brightest Supernova Ever 

The brightest stellar explosion ever recorded may be a long-sought new type of supernova, according to observations by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory and ground-based optical telescopes. This discovery indicates that violent explosions of extremely massive stars were relatively common in the early universe, and that a similar explosion may be ready to go off in our own galaxy.

"This was a truly monstrous explosion, a hundred times more energetic than a typical supernova," said Nathan Smith of the University of California at Berkeley, who led a team of astronomers from California and the University of Texas in Austin. "That means the star that exploded might have been as massive as a star can get, about 150 times that of our sun. We've never seen that before."


Astronomers think many of the first generation of stars were this massive, and this new supernova may thus provide a rare glimpse of how the first stars died. It is unprecedented, however, to find such a massive star and witness its death. The discovery of the supernova, known as SN 2006gy, provides evidence that the death of such massive stars is fundamentally different from theoretical predictions.

"Of all exploding stars ever observed, this was the king," said Alex Filippenko, leader of the ground-based observations at the Lick Observatory at Mt. Hamilton, Calif., and the Keck Observatory in Mauna Kea, Hawaii. "We were astonished to see how bright it got, and how long it lasted."

 
 
 
How utterly amazing is someone who flees from something he cannot escape
to seek something that will not last!
"It is not the eyes that are blind,
but the hearts in the breasts are blind."
Do not travel from phenomenal being to phenomenal being.
You will be like the donkey going around at the mill.
It travels to what is set out from.
Travel from phenomenal beings
to the Maker of Being.
"And the final end is to your Lord."
 
~Ibn Ata’Allah al-Iskandari(ra)
 


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