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Ten Things You Don't Know About Hubble

On April 24, 1990, the Space Shuttle Discovery roared into space, carrying on board a revolution: The Hubble Space Telescope. It was the largest and most sensitive optical-light telescope ever launched into space, and while it suffered initially from a focusing problem, it would soon return some of the most amazing and beautiful astronomical images anyone had ever seen.

Hubble was designed to be periodically upgraded, and even as I write this, astronauts are in the Space Shuttle Atlantis installing two new cameras, fixing two others, and replacing a whole slew of Hubble's parts. This is the last planned mission, ever, to service the venerable 'scope, so what better time to talk about it?

Plus, it's arguably the world's most famous telescope (it's probably the only one people know by name), and yet I suspect that there are lots of things about it that might surprise you. So I present to you Ten Things You Don't Know About the Hubble Space Telescope, part of my Ten Things series....

 
o nostalgie des lieux qui n’étaient point
Assez aimés a l’heure passagere
Que je voudrais leur rendre de loin
Le geste oublié, l’action supplémentaire.
 
(Oh longing for places that were not
Cherished enough in that fleeting hour
How I long to make good from far
The forgotten gesture, the additional act.)
 
~Rainer Maria Rilke
 
We shall not cease from exploration. And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
~T. S. Eliot, Little Gidding
 
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'We Are All Connected'

 
I am a man: little do I last
and the night is enormous.
But I look up:
the stars write.
Unknowing I understand:
I too am written,
and at this very moment
someone spells me out.
 
~Octavio Paz(Brotherhood)
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"If you wish to shine like the daylight, burn up the night of self-importance. Dissolve the self like copper in the elixir; dissolve in Him who fosters all existence. But you are bound by the discord of "I" and "We." The cause of your ruin is this sad dualism."
 
Come against your will is the toggle of the intelligent;
come willingly is the spring-time
of those who have lost their hearts.
 
~ ( Jalal-ud-deen Rumi (RA)Mathnawi)
 
 
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Reaching For The Heavens
 
 
In a clear Arctic night of Finland, stars circle around the north celestial pole (top left) in this long exposure of several hours. Pekka Parviainen
 
 
"Each of us in his little corner is a participant in a drama- both cosmic and metacosmic- beside which the greatest earthly convulsions of storm and hurricane, of earthquake and volcanic eruption, are little more than the shifting of theatre scenery. But the dominant theme which runs through the Quran from beginning to end is the mercy of God, in whose hands even such a drama as this is but a small thing, and we are assured that those who have grasped the 'firm handhold' offered to them have nothing to fear.

At journey's end is the greeting: 'O thou soul at peace- Return unto thy Lord, content in His contentment' (Q.89.27-28): 'As for such, He has inscribed faith upon their hearts and strengthened them with a Spirit from Himself, and He will bring them into Gardens beneath which flow rivers, therein to abide. Allah is content with them, and they are content with Him' (Q.58.22).


"Whether we can read these signs or not, their presence all around us is something concrete, like writing on a page. Another way of putting this would be to say, for Islam, there is nothing that does not have a meaning, and these meanings are not isolated words on the page; they are coherent and interconnected, and it may be mentioned in passing that the ancient science of astrology is founded, not on the improbable notion that the stars and the planets 'influence' human lives, but upon the belief that we and they are part of a single pattern, and that a relationship necessarily exists between the different elements which make up the pattern."
 
~Charles Le Gai Eaton's Islam and Destiny


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 Image of Enceladus with Saturn behind it, and the rings below it
NASA/JPL ESA SSI Cassini Imaging Team
 
"Mevlana Rumi tells the story of a poor man in Baghdad who dreams that a treasure is buried in Cairo under a particular bridge and thus sets off with great difficulty to retrieve it. In Cairo he is told by a policeman who takes pity on him that he too has had a dream that great wealth was buried in a house in Baghdad. It was the street and the house of the poor man who returned home to discover the wealth he believed was in another city. Rumi’s point is that it is often necessary to travel, at times experiencing hardship and duress, only to discover that what you had set out to achieve, was possible without having to undertake the journey. And yet without the pilgrimage itself that realization would not have been possible."
~Nazim Baksh(The Art of Sacred Travel)
 
 


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I wonder if the planets of Saturn get debris from its ring?
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Yes it is amazing....its very difficult to know with Saturn...SubhanAllah....Saturn with its rings and moons together is an exceptional, astonishing and beautiful phenomenon...
 
The Enduring Mystery of Saturn's Rings

Saturn's rings have fascinated scientists ever since Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei first spotted them through one of his telescopes in the 17th century. But just how the icy rings came into being remains a mystery that has only deepened with each new scientific finding.

Astronomers now know that the planet hosts multiple rings that consist of roughly 35 trillion-trillion tons of ice, dust and rock. The Cassini spacecraft and its Voyager predecessors have also spotted changing ring patterns, partially formed ring arcs and even a moon spewing out icy particles to form a new ring. All of this suggests that the rings have constantly evolved over time.

Cassini also imaged a more recent event near the time of recent Saturn equinox, when an object apparently punched through one of the rings and left a scarred wake of debris that again points to a dynamic, ever-changing system of rings.

Yet even today, just how and when each of the rings each formed remains unknown....

http://www.livescience.com/space/090824-mm-saturn-rings.html

Do you know ,Saturn's Moon Rhea Also May Have Rings....
This is an artist concept of the ring of debris that may orbit Saturn's second-largest moon, Rhea. Image credit: : NASA/JPL/JHUAPL
 
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has found evidence of material orbiting Rhea, Saturn's second largest moon. This is the first time rings may have been found around a moon.

A broad debris disk and at least one ring appear to have been detected by a suite of six instruments on Cassini specifically designed to study the atmospheres and particles around Saturn and its moons.
"Seeing almost the same signatures on either side of Rhea was the clincher," added Jones. "After ruling out many other possibilities, we said these are most likely rings. No one was expecting rings around a moon."

One possible explanation for these rings is that they are remnants from an asteroid or comet collision in Rhea's distant past. Such a collision may have pitched large quantities of gas and solid particles around Rhea. Once the gas dissipated, all that remained were the ring particles. Other moons of Saturn, such as Mimas, show evidence of a catastrophic collision that almost tore the moon apart.

"The diversity in our solar system never fails to amaze us," said Candy Hansen, co-author and Cassini scientist on the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. "Many years ago we thought Saturn was the only planet with rings. Now we may have a moon of Saturn that is a miniature version of its even more elaborately decorated parent."

 


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The Crab Nebula
 
Optical: NASA/ESA/ASU/J.Hester & A.Loll; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. Minn./R.Gehrz

Man carries the world in his head, the whole astronomy and chemistry suspended in a thought. Because the history of nature is charactered in his brain, therefore is he the prophet and discoverer of her secrets. Every known fact in natural science was divined by the presentiment of somebody, before it was actually verified. A man does not tie his shoe without recognising laws which bind the farthest regions of nature: moon, plant, gas, crystal, are concrete geometry and numbers.

Each prophet comes presently to identify himself with his thought, and to esteem his hat and shoes sacred.

We cannot bandy words with nature, or deal with her as we deal with persons. If we measure our individual forces against hers, we may easily feel as if we were the sport of an insuperable destiny. But if, instead of identifying ourselves with the work, we feel that the soul of the workman streams through us, we shall find the peace of the morning dwelling first in our hearts, and the fathomless powers of gravity and chemistry, and, over them, of life, preexisting within us in their highest form.

After every foolish day we sleep off the fumes and furies of its hours; and though we are always engaged with particulars, and often enslaved to them, we bring with us to every experiment the innate universal laws. These, while they exist in the mind as ideas, stand around us in nature forever embodied, a present sanity to expose and cure the insanity of men.

Every moment instructs, and every object: for wisdom is infused into every form. It has been poured into us as blood; it convulsed us as pain; it slid into us as pleasure; it enveloped us in dull, melancholy days, or in days of cheerful labor; we did not guess its essence, until after a long time.

~Ralph Waldo Emerson(Essays)


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Carl Sagan: "100 Billion Galaxies each W/100 Billion Stars"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ex__M-OwSA

(2.51 minutes)

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Thats a good one...
 
Thank you for posting that Brother Tarek...
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The Veil Nebula

“There is a space between man's imagination and man's attainment that may only be traversed by his longing” 

 ~Kahlil Gibran
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The summer Milky Way rise above the waters of Gallipoli Peninsula, between the Sea of Marmara and Aegean Sea in north west Turkey. As noted by the photographer "Here in Buyukkemikli cape, there are sponge-look sandstone rocks everywhere. These sandstones have eroded into such interesting shapes through the time." Tunc Tezel
 
 
" Don't look at your form, however ugly or beautiful.
Look at love and at the aim of your quest. ...
O you whose lips are parched, keep looking for water.
Those parched lips are proof that eventually you will reach the source."
 
~Jalal-ud-deen Rumi(ra)
 
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As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day the 2009 July 22 total solar eclipse was the longest of the 21st century. From the point of maximum eclipse along the Moon's shadow track across the Pacific Ocean, the Moon completely blocked the Sun for a total of 6 minutes and 39 seconds. But from the deck of the Costa Classica cruise ship the duration of the total eclipse phase was extended to a whopping 6 minutes and 42 seconds by the ship's motion along the shadow track. This panoramic view of the scene shows the shimmering solar corona in a darkened daytime sky, with clouds silhouetted by a bright sky on the distant horizon, beyond the Moon's shadow. Mercury can be seen near the eclipsed Sun. Venus lies near the upper right edge of the frame. Also notable in the image is another cruise ship illuminated with full lights in the eclipse darkness. You can find it as a bright source of light under the clouds in the horizon toward the ship's bow at center. Babak Tafreshi/Dreamview.net
 
 
 Bury your existence in the earth of obscurity,
for whatever sprouts forth,
without having first been buried,
flowers imperfectly.

( Hikam -Ibn Ata'illah(ra))


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