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Topic: Stargazing...
Posted By: a well wisher
Subject: Stargazing...
Date Posted: 21 May 2009 at 5:26pm
A philosopher once asked, "Are we human because we gaze at the stars or do we gaze at the stars because we are human?" Pointless really. Do the stars gaze back? Now that's a question.
Be an expert on the night sky's constellations in 5 mins...Well Almost... -
Find A Galaxy...for starters...
 This video demonstrates how to find the Andromeda Galaxy (M31). This galaxy is 2.5 million light years from earth but with some basic knowledge of the night sky and a pair of binoculars it is actually possible to see it! The video is designed for anyone interested in astronomy and it also provides support for the astronomy component of any science curriculum -

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 22 May 2009 at 11:05pm
The second link is very interesting
Thank you sister
It sure is an amazing universe
Subhan Allah

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Posted By: Aviatrix
Date Posted: 24 May 2009 at 1:58pm
75. Thus did we show Ibrahim (Abraham) the kingdom of the heavens and the earth that he be one of those who have Faith with certainty.

76. When the night covered him over with darkness he saw a star. He said: "This is my lord." But when it set, he said: "I like not those that set."

77. When he saw the moon rising up, he said: "This is my lord." But when it set, he said: "Unless my Lord guides me, I shall surely be among the erring people."

78. When he saw the sun rising up, he said: "This is my lord. This is greater." But when it set, he said: "O my people! I am indeed free from all that you join as partners in worship with Allah.

79. Verily, I have turned my face towards Him Who has created the heavens and the earth Hanifa (Islamic Monotheism, i.e. worshipping none but Allah Alone) and I am not of Al-Mushrikun.

(Surah An'am)

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 24 May 2009 at 4:01pm
Indeed Subhan Allah Brother Al Cardoby
So which of the favors of our Lord would we deny?and keep denying...the awe and majesty of His creation...Allahu Akbar
Thank you Sister Aviatrix for quoting those wonderful verses ....Jazakh Allah Khair
This is a brief description of Ursa Major and instructions for using this important constellation to find Polaris, the North Star. -

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 25 May 2009 at 3:21pm
This short astronomy video introduces the constellation Orion and M42, the Orion Nebula. Interesting stars in and around the constellation include Betelgeuse, Rigel and Sirius. Light year as a unit of distance is mentioned -

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 03 June 2009 at 5:29pm
The Hubble space images -
where is the beginning and where is the end ?

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: whiteguru
Date Posted: 07 June 2009 at 7:29pm
Originally posted by a well wisher

The Hubble space images

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where is the beginning and where is the end ?

The mind boggles. All you have to do is look at the Deep Field photos. My, my, what a Universe our God created :clap:

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 08 June 2009 at 5:24pm
Yes indeed it is truly magnificent...leaves one in total awe
All praise to the Creator

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 14 June 2009 at 6:22pm
Northern Lights Or Aurora Borealis-Paintings in the sky...
Wouldn't we all love to witness one....someday....they are by some also called bridge to heaven....truly captivating -
What do you think?

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 14 June 2009 at 8:34pm
Beautiful, Subhan Allah
It sure is an amazing universe, and most of the time we are not aware of its beauty .....

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Posted By: muslimdude89
Date Posted: 15 June 2009 at 12:36pm
This one is amazing.

Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 June 2009 at 1:30pm

Voyage through Space and Galaxies -

How can all this be a coincidence?

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 15 June 2009 at 7:10pm
Thank you for the links....the one by Brother muslimdude is not working for me...
Jazakh Allah Khair Brother Al Cardoby....fascinating universe can it all be a coincidence or random ...but then...
The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes but in seeing with new eyes.’ -Marcel Proust
This is another one of my favourite videos....its not about the macrocosm...but the microcosm inside each of us....please take a few moments to witness the  perfection of the sublime order and beauty in this...Subhan Allah -
How can we call all this a coincidence?!

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: muslimdude89
Date Posted: 17 June 2009 at 9:29am -

mayb now itll work

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 17 June 2009 at 4:09pm
Yes its working now Brother muslimdude....a time lapse video...quite nice
Jazakh Allah Khair

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 23 June 2009 at 1:18pm
Colorful northern lights above Alaska. As noted by the photographer "It was March 3, 2001, and it was the birthday of a friend of mine. I was filming from the Knik Valley, just north of Anchorage, Alaska. Looking north, I knew the red aurora I was seeing was directly over my home city of Fairbanks, about 200 miles to the north, and also the home of my friend whose birthday it was that night. Like the flames rising from a set of birthday candles, it was easy to think of making a special wish if one could only blow out that magnificent light that night. Happy Birthday my friend! I hope you are looking up tonight." LeRoy Zimmerman/ -

TWAN is a global program of Astronomers Without Borders ( - ) and a Special Project of - International Year of Astronomy 2009 , an initiative by IAU and UNESCO. The World at Night is to produce and present a collection of stunning photographs of the world's most beautiful and historic sites against the nighttime backdrop of stars, planets and celestial events. The eternally peaceful sky looks the same above all symbols of different nations and regions, attesting to the truly unified nature of Earth as a planet rather than an amalgam of human-designated territories.

Building bridges through the sky

The World at Night -


La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 25 June 2009 at 2:01pm

How to get started in Amateur Astronomy
When you look up at the darkened sky and gaze at the stars, some seem to be blinking, and you wonder why. All of a sudden, you can see a shooting star and the little dipper. The moon is in an eclipse, and a feeling of wonder overcomes you. There is so much up there to learn about and enjoy, and it is not difficult or expensive to become involved.

Read about astronomy. Merely looking up in the sky will not teach you all you need to know, so visit your local library and browse through the astronomy section. There is a variety of books which are geared toward beginners as well as the more advanced. Find one that is an introduction to astronomy, and learn about the physics of the cosmos. Surf the Internet under 'Astronomy' and be assured you will receive a vast array of information as well as pictures.

Visit a planetarium or observatory. Many observatories have huge, expensive telescopes and offer you an exciting as well as informative way of observing the many wonders of the sky. Check with your local science museum to see if they offer a star-gazing night open to the public. Visit the observatory at night, climb up to the tower, and observe first hand, through their powerful telescopes, what you have learned and seen up until now only in books. A planetarium uses projectors to offer an artificial view of the night sky. The chairs recline, the room becomes black, and all you see are stars in a darkened sky. This is a great way to get started because you will have access to an expert guide to answer your questions. You also will get to meet others with similar interests.

Purchase a star atlas or a star map which will enable you to determine what you are looking at while gazing at the sky. Your library will probably have one, but since maps will be an important part of your astronomical study, it is best to buy your own. If you are unable to afford one, then download free star maps from the Internet.

Find someplace dark to observe that is away from city glare. Good choices might include national and state parks. Enquire at these places about naturalist lead presentations about the night sky as well. Use your eyes. It is not necessary to buy an expensive telescope because the naked eye can see a great deal in the night sky. By observing with only your eyes you get a true feeling of how ancient astronomers practiced their craft. If you can, try to lie down on the grass and look at the sky above you. The darkened sky takes on another dimension in this position, and creates a feeling of you being totally alone in a vast universe. Locate the North Star, and follow the 'map of the sky'. Make sure you have the correct star map to coincide with the date and location. If you have studied the books, you might be able to find the "Little Dipper" and other constellations or asterisms.
Buy a pair of binoculars. If your naked-eye observations have gotten you excited about astronomy, get a good set of binoculars and observe the night sky with them for a more close-up view. 10x50 binoculars are excellent for stargazing.

Obtain a telescope. There are several types of telescopes, with different features, uses and prices. However, you need not purchase the most expensive one in order to enjoy astronomy. The most important thing to consider is the telescope’s aperture, or the size of the light-gathering part of the telescope. The larger the aperture, the brighter your image will be. The next most important characteristic is the focal length of the 'scope, which will determine how much of the sky you can see in the image. Magnification is much less important than quality of optics. A good way to choose a telescope is to attend star parties (see below) and ask a few of the members for permission to try theirs so you get an idea of which models you prefer.

Join an astronomy club. Amateur astronomy is very popular in most cities and small towns. Search the Internet to find a club in your vicinity or get information by calling a local planetarium. Clubs give you the opportunity to learn from others who have more experience, and to meet and make new friends with other beginners who have the same interest in astronomy.

Attend a star party. Star parties are outdoor meetings where amateur astronomers meet and look at the sky together. Many are already members of an astronomy club. This can be quite interesting, especially since each person might find a new area, star or planet that you might have overlooked.

Subscribe to an astronomy magazine. There are a number of periodicals which cater to amateur astronomers. Among the most popular are Sky and Telescope and Astronomy. These magazines provide monthly calendars, a wealth of sky watching tips, amazing pictures, and up-to-date information on new products and discoveries.

Subscribe to an astronomy podcast, such as What's Up in Astronomy, StarDate, or SkyWatch. They are free and you can search for them in iTunes and many other podcast directories.

Join the Astronomical League or similar organization. Membership in these large astronomy organizations will give you the opportunity to network with other astronomers and to participate in observing programs. The Astronomical League has observing programs for every age, skill, and equipment level, and by participating in a program and submitting your observation log, you can earn certificates of completion (and a wealth of new knowledge).

Enjoy your new hobby. Amateur astronomy can be a lifelong pursuit, and there’s always something new to look at. What’s more, amateur astronomers actually make significant contributions to the study of astronomy, and amateurs have discovered stars, comets, and other phenomena before professionals. In astronomy, you don’t have to be a professional to make a difference. -

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 01 July 2009 at 1:50pm

We Are Made Of Star Stuff -

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 07 July 2009 at 12:27pm
The Shape of Time
Relates light cones and the end of the universe to the shaping of time. -
"Time" - The Alan Parsons Project - Space Slideshow -

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 08 July 2009 at 12:08pm
We Are Star Stuff - Cosmic Poetry
From the History's Channel "The Universe" series, season one; "Beyond The Big Bang". Neil deGrasse Tyson explains the connections we all have, with Sagan-like poetry.

Neil deGrasse Tyson is a leading astrophysicist, the director of the American Museum of Natural History's Hayden Planetarium, a columnist for Natural History Magazine, and the author or coauthor of six books. -

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 09 July 2009 at 11:54am

Ever Wonder How Elements are Formed ? Fusion and Beyond! -

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 12 July 2009 at 1:11pm

Star Night -

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 19 July 2009 at 10:00pm - Beautiful Chaos

Written by - Nancy Atkinson">
Can you imagine living in this region of space? Just think of the beautiful views you'd have in the sky – that is, if you survived the chaos as one - galaxy is passing through the core of three other - galaxies at ridiculous (ludicrous?) speeds (3.2 million km per hour / 2 million miles per hour) generating a shock wave of gas and X-rays.

This is Stephen's Quintet, A compact group of galaxies, discovered about 130 years ago, located about 280 million light years from - Earth . The curved, light blue ridge running down the center of the image shows X-ray data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The galaxy in the middle, NGC 7318b is passing through the core of the other galaxies at high speed and is thought to be causing the ridge of X-ray emission by generating a shock wave that heats the gas. The most prominent galaxy in front (NGC 7320) is actually far away from the other galaxies and is not part of the group.

( - See the Chandra webpage for a roll-over labeled version )

Additional heating by supernova explosions and stellar winds has also probably taken place in Stephan's Quintet. A larger halo of X-ray emission – not shown here – detected by ESA's XMM-Newton could be evidence of shock-heating by previous collisions between galaxies in this group. Some of the X-ray emission is likely also caused by binary systems containing massive - stars that are losing material to neutron stars or - black holes .

Stephan's Quintet provides a rare opportunity to observe a galaxy group in the process of evolving from an X-ray faint system dominated by spiral galaxies to a more developed system dominated by elliptical galaxies and bright X-ray emission. Being able to witness the dramatic effect of collisions in causing this evolution is important for increasing our understanding of the origins of the hot, X-ray bright halos of gas in groups of galaxies. -


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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 21 July 2009 at 12:07pm
Thank You Brother  Tarek for posting this.... what a beautiful chaos....Stephen's Quintet...amazing
This is interesting as well...wish one could witness these clouds...
July 15th, 2009 - Invasion of the Noctilucent Clouds">

Noctilucent clouds over Blair, Nebraska, USA. Credit: Mike Hollingshead

Be on the lookout for unusual – and beautiful – noctilucent clouds that are invading the North American and Europe. - says that these mysterious "night shining" clouds are on the increase. Some scientists think they're seeded by space dust. Others suspect they're a telltale sign of global warming. Whatever the reason, they are an amazing site, appearing around - sunset . Mike Hollingshead took this gorgeous image on July 14 near Blair, Nebraska USA. "I've never seen noctilucent clouds before, even though I am often out looking," he said. "These were wonderful."

See below for another NLC image from my good buddy Stuart Atkinson in the UK:


Stuart Atkinson's image of NLCs near Kendal Castle in the UK. Credit: Stuart Atkinson

Stu took his NLC images ( - see more on his website Cumbrian Sky ) in mid-June near historic Kendal Castle in the UK (one of Henry the 8th's wives lived there, Stu says). has - a great gallery of NLCs , which also includes observing tips. The site says reports of these clouds are pouring in from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, South Dakota, central California and possibly northern Nevada. These sightings are significant because they come from places so far south.

When noctilucent clouds first appeared in the late 19th century, they were confined to latitudes above 50 degrees N (usually far above). The latitude of Blair, Nebraska, is only 41°30' N. (Cumbria in the UK is about 54 degrees N.) No one knows why NLCs are expanding their range in this way; it's one of many unanswered questions about the mysterious clouds. Find out more about NLCs - here.

When and where will NLC show up next? "No idea," said Stu. "We can’t predict them in advance. They just… appear. All we can do is keep looking, on every clear night, just in case. We do know that this summer is expected to be a very good one for NLC-spotting because they appear more at “ - solar minimum ”, and we’re in a deep, deep minimum now, so all we can do is keep an eye on the sky, and cross our fingers!" -

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 22 July 2009 at 12:39pm

Nebulae 4 -

Cosmic Clouds

The word "nebula" is derived from the Latin word for "clouds". Indeed, a nebula is a cosmic cloud of gas and dust floating in space. More than one nebula are called nebulae. Nebulae are the basic building blocks of the universe. They contain the elements from which stars and solar systems are built. They are also among the most beautiful objects in the universe, glowing with rich colors and swirls of light. Stars inside these clouds of gas cause them to glow with beautiful reds, blues, and greens. These colors are the result of different elements within the nebula. Most nebulae are composed of about 90% hydrogen, 10% helium, and 0.1% heavy elements such as carbon, nitrogen, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron. These clouds of matter are also quite large. In fact, they are among the largest objects in the galaxy. Many of them are dozens or even hundreds of light-years across. Nebulae have been divided into five major categories. These are emission nebulae, reflection nebulae, dark nebulae, planetary nebulae, and supernova remnants. Emission and reflection nebulae tend to be fuzzy in appearance and lack any noticeable shape or structure. They are also known as diffuse nebulae. -

Types of Nebulae

Emission Nebula - An emission nebula is a cloud of high temperature gas. Within this type of nebula, a star energizes the atoms in the cloud with ultraviolet radiation. As these atoms fall back to lower energy states, they emit radiation. The process is similar to that of a neon light. This causes the nebula to glow. Emission nebulae tend to be red in color because of the abundance of hydrogen. Additional colors, such as blue and green, can be produced by the atoms of other elements, but hydrogen is almost always the most abundant. A fine example of an emission nebula is the Orion Nebula (M42).
Reflection Nebula - A reflection nebula differs from an emission nebula in does not emit radiation of its own. It is a cloud of dust and gas that reflects the light energy from a nearby star or group of stars. Reflection nebulae are frequently the sites of star formation. They usually tend to be blue in color because of the way that the light is scattered. Blue light is scattered more efficiently. The Trifid Nebula (M20) in Sagittarius is a good example of a reflection nebula.
Dark Nebula - A dark nebula is a cloud of dust that blocks the light from objects behind it. They are very similar to reflection nebulae in composition and look different primarily because of the placement of the light source. Dark nebulae are usually seen together with emission and reflection nebulae. The Horsehead Nebula in Orion is probably the most famous example of a dark nebula. It is a dark region of dust in the shape of a horse's head that blocks the light from a much larger emission nebula behind it.
Planetary Nebula - A planetary nebula is a shell of gas produced by a star as it nears the end of its life cycle. Their name can be a bit misleading. They actually have nothing to do with planets. These nebulae were given this name because they often look like planets due to their round shape. The outer shell of gas is usually illuminated by the remains of the star at its center. The Ring Nebula (M57) in Lyra is one of the best examples of a planetary nebula.
Supernova Remnant - Supernova remnants are created when a star ends it life in a massive explosion known as a supernova. The explosion blows a large amount of the star's matter out into space. This cloud of matter glows with the remains of the star that created it. One of the best examples of a supernova remnant is the crab Nebula (M1) in Taurus. It is illuminated by a pulsar which was created by the supernova.

Stellar Nurseries

Nebulae are often the sites of star formation. In fact, all stars, planets, and solar systems are formed from nebulae. A nebula may lie undisturbed for many millions or billions of years as it waits for just the right conditions. Eventually, the gravity from a passing star or the shock wave from a nearby supernova explosion may cause swirls and ripples within the cloud. Matter begins to coalesce into clumps and grow in size. As these clumps get larger, their gravity increases. Gravity continues to pull in matter from the nebula until one or more of the clumps reach critical mass. The clumps are forming protostars. As gravity squeezes even tighter, the core temperature eventually reaches 18 million degrees. At this point, nuclear fusion begins and a star is born. The solar wind from the star will eventually blow away all of the excess dust and gas. Sometimes other smaller clumps of matter around the star may form planets. This is the beginning of a new solar system. Several nebulae have been found to be stellar nurseries. The Eagle Nebula, and the Orion Nebula are both sites of active star formation.

Famous Nebulae

There are a few nebulae that can be seen with the naked eye and many more that can be detected with a good pair of binoculars. A telescope is required to bring our fine details. Unfortunately, the human eye is not sensitive enough to bring out the rich colors of most nebulae. It is the photograph that does the most justice to these incredible objects. Until recently, time exposures on film were the best way to bring a nebula's true colors. Today, digital photography has simplified the process. New tools like the Hubble space telescope are giving us views of nebulae that have never been seen before. Areas of active star formation have been identified in many galaxies that were once thought to be inert. Perhaps the most well known nebulae is the Orion Nebula, also known as M42. It is one of the very few that can be seen with the naked eye. It is a bright emission nebula over 30 light-years in diameter. The nebula is illuminated by a group of stars at its center known as the trapezium. Another popular favorite is the Lagoon Nebula, M8. It is much larger than the Orion Nebula, reaching over 150 light-years across the heavens. The Trifid Nebula, M20, is one of the most colorful. This reflection nebula contains a combination of elements that render it in rich hues of red, blue, and pink. Dark lanes of dust divide it into three distinct parts, giving rise to its name. One of the most famous planetary nebulae is the Ring Nebula, M57. This is a beautiful object that resembles a circular rainbow around a small central star. Another popular planetary nebula is the Dumbbell Nebula, M27. Its unmistakable bow tie shape gives it its name. The Crab Nebula, M1, is probably the best known supernova remnant. It is a shell of gas expelled by a supernova explosion. The nebula is illuminated by the 16th magnitude star remnant at its center. The Hubble space telescope has captured some breathtaking images of nebulae from all parts of the galaxy. -

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 24 July 2009 at 10:11am

We may think our Sun is impressive, but it pales in significance when compared to the red supergiant Antares which burns more than 600 light years away.

In this stunning image Antares glows orange and is surrounded by reflected bright yellow gas and dust. It is considered a bruiser in the Milky Way, with a diameter 800 times that of our Sun and a luminosity which is 10,000 times brighter.

Antarres is the crowning star in the Rho Ophiuchus Nebulae Complex, considered by many astro-photographers to be the most beautiful area of the night sky.

The complex features stunning nebulae, which are huge clouds of interstellar gas and dust. A yellow reflection nebula surrounds Antares and the red areas of this image are created by hydrogen gas in red nebulae emitting light.

To the left of the picture a sensational blue reflection nebula surrounds the Rho Ophiuchi triple star and is a result of interstellar dust that is illuminated by nearby stars.

It also contains dark nebulae in strange murky shapes such as the ‘pipe nebula,’ which appears upside down to the left of Antares, and the ‘Dark River’ that flows down towards the bottom of the picture. Made up of hydrogen gas and thick dust clouds they hide background stars from view.

While the ‘Dark River’ is 500 light years away, the globular star cluster M4 (seen shining white above Antarres) is a whopping 7,000 light years from Earth. One of the largest such clusters in our galaxy,it is made up of more than 10,000 stars.

The colourful skyscape is a mosaic of eight panels spanning nearly 10 degrees across the sky. It is found in the constellation of Scorpius, which can be seen in the southern sky close to the horizon if you live in the Northern hemisphere.

It was captured over three months by Australian astro-photographer Jason Jennings on four different days. He had an exposure time of 16 hours with two hours per panel and used a £5,400 astronomy camera built for wide field space imaging.

— By - Claire Bates

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 26 July 2009 at 10:18am

Audio slideshow: Chandra's first decade

Deployed by the space shuttle on 23 July 1999, the Chandra telescope is Nasa's flagship mission exploring the realms of X-ray astronomy.

The observatory, which is named after the Indian-American astronomer Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, orbits the Earth once every 64 hours.

Here, Darren Baskill, an X-ray astronomer at the University of Sussex, explains Chandra's importance, and looks at some of the colourful images it has produced in the past 10 years. -

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 27 July 2009 at 10:51am
Pilgrim by Enya & The Hubble Deep Field by Tony Darnell -
Pilgrim, how you journey
on the road you chose
to find out why the winds die
and where the stories go.
All days come from one day
that much you must know,
you cannot change what's over
but only where you go.

One way leads to diamonds,
one way leads to gold,
another leads you only
to everything you're told.
In your heart you wonder
which of these is true;
the road that leads to nowhere,
the road that leads to you.

Will you find the answer
in all you say and do?
Will you find the answer
In you?
Each heart is a pilgrim,
each one wants to know
the reason why the winds die
and where the stories go.
Pilgrim, in your journey
you may travel far,
for pilgrim it's a long way
to find out who you are...

Pilgrim, it's a long way
to find out who you are...

Pilgrim, it's a long way
to find out who you are...

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: Massu
Date Posted: 03 August 2009 at 11:25pm
Oh, astronomy... there are few things that have affected me more than the night sky, even when I was very young.

Oddly enough, the most beautiful thing I've seen is the limb of the moon. We had a high-powered telescope outside one night as part of an Astronomy class lab, and we pointed it right at the Moon. It looked like I could just reach out and touch it. I used to dream about making it there when I was little, so to actually see mountains, to see the form and shadows cast by craters, things I'd only seen in pictures...

It's between that, and laying in my fiancee's driveway and seeing the Milky Way for the first time in my life.

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 09 August 2009 at 3:21pm

Yes I totally agree with you Brother Massu....the night sky affects one on a deeper level...the vastness....the majesty...the precision...the overwhelms...Subhan Allah

 Binocular Astronomy-Get Sirius -

The early evening dark skies are the p - erfect opportunity to spot the brightest star in the night sky – Sirius – and let it lead you on to some deep sky gems! So print off this article, grab your binoculars and a good friend and get outside!

Just after sky dark, head outside and look basically south for the "Scorching One". Even if you don't use binoculars, this 8.6 distant light year beauty sparkles and twinkles like a true diamond. Even though it's only the atmosphere which causes the effect, Sirius' beauty has been noted throughout ancient history in both culture and mythology. Small wonder, it's twice as large as our own Sun and 25 times more luminous! One of the earliest star charts done by Ptolemy recorded Sirius' position and in 1676 Edmund Halley noted its movement. While today we understand that stars with large proper motion mean they are closer to us than further away, it was definitely an eye-opening experience for early astronomers.

Now, open your eyes wide by using binoculars of any size and center on Sirius. Move slowly south about one average binocular field until you see a compression of stars. Congratulations! You've just spotted Messier Object 41. As incredible as it may seem, this bright cluster of stars may have also been noticed by Aristotle as far back as 325 BC… without modern optics! Spanning about 25 light years across, there are about 100 stars which are true members of the cluster. if you thought Sirius was bright, then take a close look for a reddish central star. It's 280 times brighter yet than Sirius! Thank heavens it's about 2,300 light years away or there would be no such thing as a "dark sky".

Now head back to Sirius and let's take a hop Northeast just a little more than two binocular fields. Do you see that small heart-shaped collection of stars? It's Messier Object 50. Although this galactic cluster contains about twice as many stars as M41, they are so faint they are difficult to see from light polluted skies. If you have larger binoculars, you can probably even spot some color differences between members.

Let's get Sirius again. This time we're headed almost due east about another two binocular fields. Messier Object 47 is quite bright by comparison, and with good reason; it's much closer than the other two clusters. This time we're only looking about 1,600 light years away. Like its other two star-studded companions, it's about the same age, but has fewer stars. This particular cluster curiosity was an instance where Charles Messier messed up. He recorded its position wrong! For now? Have a look around. These bright clusters are easily seen from most locations and all you have to do is…

Get Sirius!


La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 12 August 2009 at 9:05pm

Meteor show reaches dazzling peak

Skygazers are observing a dazzling sky show, as the annual Perseid meteor shower reaches its peak.

No special equipment is required to watch the shower, which occurs when Earth passes through a stream of dusty debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle.

Budding astronomers are advised to lie on a blanket or a reclining chair to get the best view.

The National Trust has released online guides to seven top Perseid viewing sites in the UK.

As the cometary "grit" from Swift-Tuttle strikes our atmosphere, it burns up, often creating streaks of light across the sky. -

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Meteor by Moonlight
Credit & - Copyright : - Babak Tafreshi ( - TWAN )

Explanation: - Dark skies are favored for viewing meteor showers. But the annual Perseid Meteor Shower still - entertained skygazers around the world this week even though the Moon brightened the night. At its last quarter phase and rising around midnight on August 13, after the shower's anticipated peak, the Moon is seen here above rock formations in the - Alborz Mountains near Firouzkooh, Iran. With a dramatic desert landscape in the foreground, a - Perseid meteor is streaking through the moonlit sky between the overexposed Moon and bright planet Jupiter at the upper right. A regular celestial event in the northern hemisphere, the Perseid Meteor Shower is caused by planet Earth's yearly passage through the dust stream cast off by - comet Swift-Tuttle . -

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Date Posted: 20 August 2009 at 2:12pm">
The universe does not
revolve around you.
The stars and planets spinning
through the ballroom of space
dance with one another
quite outside of your small life.
You cannot hold gravity
or seasons; even air and water
inevitably evade your grasp.
Why not, then, let go?
You could move through time
like a shark through water,
neither restless or ceasing,
absorbed in and absorbing
the native element.
Why pretend you can do otherwise?
The world comes in at every pore,
mixes in your blood before
breath releases you into 
the world again.  Did you think
the fragile boundary of your skin
could build a wall?
Listen.  Every molecule is humming
its particular pitch.
Of course you are a symphony.
Whose tune do you think
the planets are singing
as they dance?
~ Lynn Ungar ~

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Date Posted: 27 August 2009 at 9:58pm

Trifid Nebula: A Massive Star Factory">

The massive star factory known as the Trifid Nebula was captured in all its glory with the Wide-Field Imager camera attached to the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in northern Chile. So named for the dark dust bands that trisect its glowing heart, the Trifid Nebula is a rare combination of three nebulae types that reveal the fury of freshly formed stars and point to more star birth in the future

ScienceDaily (Aug. 26, 2009) — A new image of the Trifid Nebula, shows just why it is a firm favorite of astronomers, amateur and professional alike. This massive star factory is so named for the dark dust bands that trisect its glowing heart, and is a rare combination of three nebula types, revealing the fury of freshly formed stars and presaging more star birth

Smouldering several thousand light-years away in the constellation of Sagittarius (the Archer), the Trifid Nebula presents a compelling portrait of the early stages of a star’s life, from gestation to first light. The heat and “winds” of newly ignited, volatile stars stir the Trifid’s gas and dust-filled cauldron; in time, the dark tendrils of matter strewn throughout the area will themselves collapse and form new stars ......... -


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Date Posted: 29 August 2009 at 3:57pm

In the Koran, Allah asks, “The heaven and the earth and all in between, thinkest thou I made them in jest?” It’s a good question. What do we think of the created universe, spanning an unthinkable void with an unthinkable profusion of forms? Or what do we think of nothingness, those sickening reaches of time in either direction? If the giant water bug was not made in jest, was it then made in earnest? Pascal uses a nice term to describe the notion of the creator’s, once having called forth the universe, turn his back to it: Deus Absconditus. Is this what we think happened? Was the sense of it there, and God absconded with it? . . . “God is subtle,” Einstein said, “but not malicious.” Again, Einstein said that “nature conceals her mystery by means of her essential grandeur, not by her cunning.” It could be that God has not absconded but spread, as our vision and understanding of the universe have spread, to a fabric of spirit and sense so grand and subtle, so powerful in a new way, that we can only feel blindly of its helm.

Annie Dillard in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, winner of the Pulitzer Prize 1974.

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Date Posted: 30 August 2009 at 3:20pm
Slowly the west reaches for clothes of new colours
which it passes to a row of ancient trees.
You look, and soon these two worlds both leave you,
one part climbs toward heaven, one sinks to earth,
leaving you, not really belonging to either,
not so helplessly dark as that house that is silent,
not so unswervingly given to the eternal as that thing
that turns to a star each night and climbs –
leaving you (it is impossible to untangle the threads)
your own life, timid and standing high and growing,
so that, sometimes blocked in, sometimes reaching out,
one moment your life is a stone in you, and the next, a star.
~ Rainer Maria Rilke

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Date Posted: 31 August 2009 at 8:50pm

Teach me your mood,
O patient stars.
Who climb each night,
the ancient sky.
leaving on space no shade, no scars,
no trace of age, no fear to die.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Date Posted: 02 September 2009 at 4:05pm

My work is to carry this love
as comfort for those who long for You;
to go everywhere You’ve walked
and gaze at the pressed-down dirt.
What I most want
is to spring out of this personality,
then to sit apart from that leaping.
I’ve lived too long where I can be reached.
Who says the eternal being does not exist?
Who says the sun has gone out?
Someone who climbs up on the roof,
and closes his eyes tight, and says,
—I don’t see anything.
. . . . With one silent laugh
You tilted the night
and the garden ran with stars.

Rumi, Unseen Rain, John Moyne and Coleman Barks

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Date Posted: 04 September 2009 at 1:26pm


The Sovereign Good is real, the world is dream;
The dream-world has its roots in the Supreme,
Who casts His image in the endless sea
Of things that may be or may not be.

The fabric of the Universe is made
Of rays and circles, or of light and shade;
It veils from us the Power's burning Face
And unveils Beauty and Its saving Grace.

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Date Posted: 06 September 2009 at 3:30pm
"Only the heart knows how to find what is precious."
~Fyodor Dostoevsky~

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Date Posted: 07 September 2009 at 11:00pm

Milky Way's Not-so-distant Cousin Likely Harbors Supermassive Black Hole

ScienceDaily (Sep. 6, 2009) — ESO has released a striking new image of a nearby galaxy that many astronomers think closely resembles our own Milky Way. Though the galaxy is seen edge-on, observations of NGC 4945 suggest that this hive of stars is a spiral galaxy much like our own, with swirling, luminous arms and a bar-shaped central region.

These resemblances aside, NGC 4945 has a brighter centre that likely harbours a supermassive black hole, which is devouring reams of matter and blasting energy out into space.

As NGC 4945 is only about 13 million light-years away in the constellation of Centaurus (the Centaur), a modest telescope is sufficient for skygazers to spot this remarkable galaxy. ........ -

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Date Posted: 08 September 2009 at 5:44pm

Cigar Galaxy- This is an example of a 'starburst' galaxy. It has a high rate of star formation and is 5 times brighter than our own entire Milky Way Galaxy.
My heart is so small
it's almost invisible.
How can You place
such big sorrows in it?
"Look," He answered,
"your eyes are even smaller,
yet they behold the worlds."
~ Rumi(RA) ~

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Date Posted: 09 September 2009 at 11:03pm
Hubble Opens New Eyes On The Universe
ScienceDaily (Sep. 9, 2009) — NASA's Hubble Space Telescope is back in business, ready to uncover new worlds, peer ever deeper into space, and even map the invisible backbone of the universe.">
Butterfly emerges from stellar demise in Planetary Nebula NGC 6302. (Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team)

The first snapshots from the refurbished Hubble showcase the 19-year-old telescope's new vision. Topping the list of exciting new views are colorful multi-wavelength pictures of far- flung galaxies, a densely packed star cluster, an eerie "pillar of creation," and a "butterfly" nebula.

With the release of these images, astronomers have declared Hubble a fully rejuvenated observatory. Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D-Md., unveiled the images at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 9, 2009.

With its new imaging camera, Hubble can view galaxies, star clusters, and other objects across a wide swath of the electromagnetic spectrum, from ultraviolet to near-infrared light.....

Now that Hubble has reopened for business, it will tackle a whole range of observations. Looking closer to Earth, such observations will include taking a census of the population of Kuiper Belt objects residing at the fringe of our solar system, witnessing the birth of planets around other stars, and probing the composition and structure of the atmospheres of other worlds.

Peering much farther away, astronomers have ambitious plans to use Hubble to make the deepest-ever portrait of the universe in near-infrared light. The resulting picture may reveal never-before-seen infant galaxies that existed when the universe was less than 500 million years old. Hubble also is now significantly more well-equipped to probe and further characterize the behavior of dark energy, a mysterious and little-understood repulsive force that is pushing the universe apart at an ever-faster rate. -

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Date Posted: 11 September 2009 at 12:28am
NEW HUBBLE PICTURES: First Shots From Upgraded Orbiter
September 9, 2009--A dusty pillar lit from within by newborn stars is among the first cosmic beauties snapped by the Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3), a new instrument installed in May during the final servicing mission to refurbish the - Hubble Space Telescope .

The WFC3 replaces the Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2, the longest working instrument aboard the orbiting observatory. That camera was responsible for some of Hubble's most iconic pictures, and WFC3 is expected to become one of the next most popular instruments: It's already scheduled to be used in over half of the spacecraft's observations over the next year.

"The installation of the Wide Field Camera was a little touch and go, but I'm happy to say it's working beautifully at the moment," Bob O'Connell, chair of the science oversight committee for the instrument, told reporters today at a press conference.

--Ker Than
—Image courtesy NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team -
This new image of Stephen's Quintet, taken by the recently restored Hubble, shows a cluster of what appears to be five closely packed galaxies. But the quintet is an illusion: The bluish spiral galaxy in the upper left corner, called NGC 7319, is actually about seven times closer to Earth than the rest of the group.

Meanwhile, "the four yellowish galaxies you see are gravitationally interacting with each other," Hubble science chair Bob O'Connell said at a September 9, 2009, press briefing. "We expect that, over time, they will eventually merge into a single big galaxy."

Using its broad sensitivity to different kinds of light, Hubble's new camera spotted star clusters of different ages within the five galaxies--and star groups that can be seen only with infrared light.
—Image courtesy NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

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Date Posted: 15 September 2009 at 12:53am


It is at night that faith in light is admirable.
~Edmond Rostand~

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Date Posted: 17 September 2009 at 12:19am



", time, and matter are interpretations which thought puts on the free creative energy of God."
~Muhammad Iqbal~

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Date Posted: 18 September 2009 at 12:55am

Saturn-Magic Rings

Because Saturn is tilted, when its rings are facing Earth edge-on they disappear from our view. We now know this happens every 14 years or so, but 16th-century scientist Galileo questioned his sanity when they "disappeared" and then "reappeared" a few years later. —NASA

A Floatable Planet

Saturn is the only planet in our solar system that is less dense than water. If you could build an imaginary gigantic bathtub, Saturn would float in it. --NASA"> - Photo Gallery: Saturn

Saturn's rings have bewitched sky watchers since Galileo first observed them in 1610. See why the second-largest planet in our solar system is also arguably the most beautiful. - See the Photos

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Date Posted: 19 September 2009 at 12:31am
The Eclipse
I stood out in the open cold
To see the essence of the eclipse
Which was its perfect darkness.
I stood in the cold on the porch
And could not think of anything so perfect
As man's hope of light in the face of darkness.
~ Richard Eberhart ~

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Date Posted: 21 September 2009 at 6:55pm

In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't. 

~Blaise Pascal

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Date Posted: 24 September 2009 at 12:40am
Does sunset sometimes look like the sun is coming up?
Do you know what a faithful love is like?
You are crying. You say you have burned yourself
but can you think of anyone who is not hazy with smoke?
~Maulana Jalal Ud Deen Rumi(ra)

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Date Posted: 25 September 2009 at 12:04am
M8 Lagoon Nebula a star-forming region in Sagittarius

O Star (the fairest one in sight),
We grant your loftiness the right
To some obscurity of cloud –
It will not do to say of night,
Since dark is what brings out your light.
Some mystery becomes the proud.
But to be wholly taciturn
In your reserve is not allowed.
Say something to us we can learn
By heart and when alone repeat.
Say something! And it says “I burn.”
But say with what degree of heat.
Talk Fahrenheit, talk Centigrade.
Use language we can comprehend.
Tell us what elements you blend.
It gives us strangely little aid,
But does tell something in the end.
And steadfast as Keats’ Eremite,
Not even stooping from its sphere,
It asks a little of us here.
It asks of us a certain height,
So when at times the mob is swayed
To carry praise or blame too far,
We may choose something like a star
To stay our minds on and be staid.


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In the Heart of the Tarantula Nebula
Credit: - ESA , - NASA , - ESO , & Danny LaCrue

Explanation: In the heart of monstrous - Tarantula Nebula lies huge bubbles of energetic gas, long filaments of dark dust, and unusually massive stars. In the center of this heart, is a - knot of stars so dense that it was once thought to be a single star. This star cluster, labeled as - R136 or NGC 2070, is visible just above the center of the - above image and home to a great number of hot young stars. The energetic light from these stars continually ionizes nebula gas, while their energetic particle - wind blows bubbles and defines intricate filaments. The - above representative-color picture of this great - LMC nebula details its tumultuous center. The Tarantula Nebula, also known as the - 30 Doradus nebula, is one of the - largest star-formation regions known, and has been creating unusually strong episodes of star formation every few million years. -
Into my heart's night
Along a narrow way
I groped; and lo! the light,
An infinite land of day.
~Maulana Jalal ud Deen Rumi (ra)

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A Halo for NGC 6164
Credit & - Copyright : - Don Goldman

Explanation: Beautiful - emission nebula NGC 6164 was created by a rare, hot, luminous - O-type star, some 40 times as massive as the Sun. Seen at the center of the cosmic cloud, the star is a mere 3 to 4 million years old. In another three to four million years the massive star will end its life in a - supernova explosion . Spanning around 4 light-years, - the nebula itself has a bipolar symmetry. That makes it similar in appearance to more familiar - planetary nebulae - the gaseous shrouds - surrounding dying - sun-like stars . -





“A billion stars go spinning through the night, blazing high above your head.
But in you is the presence that will be, when all the stars are dead.”

~Rainer Maria Rilke

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Date Posted: 28 September 2009 at 7:33pm
 Interactive, 360-degree Panoramic View Of Entire Night Sky">
The first of three images of ESO's GigaGalaxy Zoom project — a new magnificent 800-million-pixel panorama of the entire sky as seen from ESO’s observing sites in Chile — has just been released online. The project allows stargazers to explore and experience the Universe as it is seen with the unaided eye from the darkest and best viewing locations in the world.
This magnificent 360-degree panoramic image, covering the entire southern and northern celestial sphere, reveals the cosmic landscape that surrounds our tiny blue planet. This gorgeous starscape serves as the first of three extremely high-resolution images featured in the GigaGalaxy Zoom project, launched by ESO within the framework of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 (IYA2009). The plane of our Milky Way Galaxy, which we see edge-on from our perspective on Earth, cuts a luminous swath across the image. The projection used in GigaGalaxy Zoom place the viewer in front of our Galaxy with the Galactic Plane running horizontally through the image — almost as if we were looking at the Milky Way from the outside. From this vantage point, the general components of our spiral galaxy come clearly into view, including its disc, marbled with both dark and glowing nebulae, which harbours bright, young stars, as well as the Galaxy’s central bulge and its satellite galaxies. As filming extended over several months, objects from the Solar System came and went through the star fields, with bright planets such as Venus and Jupiter. (Credit: ESO)
GigaGalaxy Zoom features a web tool that allows users to take a breathtaking dive into our Milky Way. With this tool users can learn more about many different and exciting objects in the image, such as multicoloured nebulae and exploding stars, just by clicking on them. In this way, the project seeks to link the sky we can all see with the deep, “hidden” cosmos that astronomers study on a daily basis. The wonderful quality of the images is a testament to the splendour of the night sky at ESO’s sites in Chile, which are the most productive astronomical observatories in the world...

The painstaking production of this image came about as a collaboration between ESO, the renowned French writer and astrophotographer Serge Brunier and his fellow Frenchman Frédéric Tapissier. Brunier spent several weeks during the period between August 2008 and February 2009 capturing the sky, mostly from ESO observatories at La Silla and Paranal in Chile. In order to cover the full Milky Way, Brunier also made a week-long trip to La Palma, one of the Canary Islands, to photograph the northern skies [1]. Once the raw photographs were in hand, image processing by Tapissier and ESO experts helped to convey accurately the night sky as our eyes behold it [2]. The resulting image, now available on GigaGalaxy Zoom, is composed of almost 300 fields each individually captured by Brunier four times, adding up to nearly 1200 photos that encompass the entire night sky.

“I wanted to show a sky that everyone can relate to — with its constellations, its thousands of stars, with names familiar since childhood, its myths shared by all civilisations since Homo became Sapiens,” says Brunier. “The image was therefore made as man sees it, with a regular digital camera under the dark skies in the Atacama Desert and on La Palma.”

As photographing extended over several months, objects from the Solar System came and went through the star fields, with bright planets such as Venus and Jupiter. A brilliant, emerald-green comet also flew by, although spotting it among a background of tens of millions of stars will be difficult (but rewarding).

Overall, the creators of the GigaGalaxy Zoom project hope that these tremendous efforts in bringing the night sky as observed under the best conditions on the planet to stargazers everywhere will inspire awe for the beautiful, immense Universe that we live in.

“The vision of the IYA2009 is to help people rediscover their place in the Universe through the day- and night-time sky, and this is exactly what the GigaGalaxy Zoom project is all about,” says project coordinator Henri Boffin. - - -

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Date Posted: 03 October 2009 at 6:23pm
In a summer early morning under starry sky of Iran's Fars province, near the town of Saadat Shahr, winter constellations rise above Wild Pistachio trees. To the left of the observer the prominent stars of Orion (the Hunter) rise from the east. Taurus (the Bull) and the Pleiades star cluster are higher above. The bright "star" near the left edge is planet Mars. To the right of the observer the long celestial river, constellation Eridanus, dominates the south eastern sky.

Saadat Shahr, located close to Pasargadae World Heritage, is known as Astronomy Town in Iran because of a great passion to astronomy and skygazing among locals. Astronomy is involved with everyday life and culture here, after years of broad activity by the town's astronomy association which also resulted in Astronomical Society of Pacific 2006 Amateur Outreach Award for the main popularizer. Many wedding ceremonies end with star party and telescopic observation in Saadat Shahr; they occasionally switch off the whole town for their public observations; some taxis, doctors, and bakeries are free during the astronomy week; they have weekly sky report after the Friday's prayers in the main mosque; and they have named some of their streets after astronomers of the history. Babak Tafreshi/ -
Two things fill the mind with ever new and increasing wonder and awe—the starry heavens above me and the moral law within me.

~Immanuel Kant, (Critique Of Pure Reason)



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Date Posted: 05 October 2009 at 6:26pm

 'The eye is meant to see things; the soul is here for its own joy.'
~Jalal-ud-deen Rumi (ra)

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Date Posted: 06 October 2009 at 5:52pm

A Golden Compass
Forget every idea of right and wrong
Any classroom ever taught you
An empty heart, a tormented mind,
Unkindness, jealousy and fear
Are always the testimony
You have been completely fooled!
Turn your back on those
Who would imprison your wondrous spirit
With deceit and lies.
Come, join the honest company
Of the King’s beggars –
Those gamblers, scoundrels and divine clowns
And those astonishing fair courtesans
Who need Divine Love every night.
Come, join the courageous
Who have no choice
But to bet their entire world
That indeed,
Indeed, God is Real.
I will lead you into the Circle
Of the Beloved’s cunning thieves,
Those playful royal rogues –
The ones you can trust for true guidance –
Who can aid you
In this Blessed Calamity of life.

Look at the Perfect One
At the Circle’s Center:

He Spins and Whirls like a Golden Compass,
Beyond all that is Rational,

To show this dear world

That Everything,
Everything in Existence
Does point to God.

~Hafez of Shiraz~


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Date Posted: 08 October 2009 at 11:40pm
Observe the wonders as they occur around you.
Don't claim them. Feel the artistry
moving through, and be silent.
~Jalal-ud-deen Rumi (ra)

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Date Posted: 09 October 2009 at 7:12pm

This week, astronomers revealed a breathtaking image of the Lagoon Nebula and an infrared portrait of dust floating in the plane of the Milky Way">

The Lagoon Nebula, a star-forming cloud of gas and dust about 5000 light years away, glows rosy pink in this image taken by the 2.2-m telescope at La Silla Observatory in Chile. It is the third and final image in a project called GigaGalaxy Zoom, which is intended to showcase the night sky at various resolutions. The - first image in the trilogy showed the night sky as visible to the naked eye from a dark site; the - second revealed the view of the galactic centre through an amateur telescope; and - this one shows off what can be seen through professional telescopes. (Image: European Southern Observatory) -
When a baby is taken from the wet nurse,
it easily forgets her
and starts eating solid food.
Seeds feed awhile on ground,
then lift up into the sun.
So you should taste the filtered light
and work your way toward wisdom
with no personal covering.
That's how you came here, like a star
without a name.  Move across the night sky
with those anonymous lights.
  (Mathnawi III, 1284-1288)
~Jalal-ud-deen Rumi (ra)

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Date Posted: 10 October 2009 at 10:35pm

The Sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the Universe to do.

— Galileo Galilei


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Date Posted: 11 October 2009 at 7:30pm
"Man tries to make for himself in the fashion that suits him best a simplified and intelligible picture of the world. He then tries to some extent to substitute this cosmos of his for the world of experience, and thus to overcome it …. He makes this cosmos and its construction the pivot of his emotional life in order to find in this way the peace and serenity which he cannot find in the narrow whirlpool of personal experience . . . . The supreme task … is to arrive at those universal elementary laws from which the cosmos can be built up by pure deduction. There is no logical path to these laws; only intuition, resting on sympathetic understanding of experience, can reach them …"
~Albert Einstein

Intuition? Sympathy? Strange words for the origin of scientific knowledge...

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Date Posted: 14 October 2009 at 12:17am
Sky Merger - Interacting And Colliding Galaxies - #
The soul which cannot endure fire and smoke won't find the Secret.
- Diwan - Ode 887
~Jalal-ud-deen Rumi(ra)

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Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 15 October 2009 at 1:23am

Milky Way's Tiny But Tough Galactic Neighbor

ScienceDaily (Oct. 14, 2009) — A stunning new image reveals one of our nearest galactic neighbors, Barnard's Galaxy, also known as NGC 6822.">

Astronomers obtained this portrait of Barnard's Galaxy using the Wide Field Imager attached to the 2.2-m MPG/ESO telescope at ESO's La Silla Observatory in northern Chile. Also known as NGC 6822, this dwarf irregular galaxy is one of the Milky Way’s galactic neighbors. The dwarf galaxy has no shortage of stellar splendor and pyrotechnics. Reddish nebulae in this image reveal regions of active star formation, wherein young, hot stars heat up nearby gas clouds. Also prominent in the upper left of this new image is a striking bubble-shaped nebula. At the nebula's center, a clutch of massive, scorching stars send waves of matter smashing into surrounding interstellar material, generating a glowing structure that appears ring-like from our perspective. Other similar ripples of heated matter thrown out by feisty young stars are dotted across Barnard’s Galaxy. The image was made from data obtained through four different filters (B, V, R, and H-alpha). The field of view is 35 x 34 arcmin. North is up, East to the left. (Credit: ESO)

The galaxy contains regions of rich star formation and curious nebulae, such as the bubble clearly visible in the upper left of this remarkable vista. The strange shapes of these cosmic misfits help researchers understand how galaxies interact, evolve and occasionally "cannibalize" each other, leaving behind radiant, star-filled scraps. ....... -


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Date Posted: 17 October 2009 at 1:25am

Barnard's Galaxy...stunning and pretty...Subhan Allah...

Ultracool Stars Take 'Wild Rides' Around, Outside The Milky Way

ScienceDaily (June 11, 2009) — Astronomers have found that stars of a recently discovered type, dubbed ultracool subdwarfs, take some pretty wild rides as they orbit around the Milky Way, following paths that are very different from those of typical stars. One of them may actually be a visitor that originated in another galaxy.">

This image shows the orbits of all recently discovered ultracool subdwarfs in and around the Milky Way, as seen from 150,000 light years away. (Credit: Courtesy / Adam Burgasser)

"If there are interstellar cops out there, these stars would surely lose their driver's licenses," says Burgasser. -
“Time and space - time to be alone, space to move about - these may well become the great scarcities of tomorrow”
~ Edwin Way Teale

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Date Posted: 18 October 2009 at 7:35pm
Orionids Meteor Shower Starts This Weekend
(October 16, 2009)Earth is currently plowing through space debris left behind by a visitor that last swung by during the Reagan Administration. Spawned by Halley's - comet , which last buzzed the planet in 1986, tiny space rocks are the seeds of the annual Orionid meteor shower.">

Beginning Friday, sky-watchers should see some of the year's first Orionids. And thanks to a moonless midnight sky, the shooting stars should be fairly simple to spot.

At its peak on Wednesday night, the Orionids shower should produce 20 to 25 meteors an hour—a "relatively decent show," according to astronomer Anita Cochran, of the University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory.

While the Orionids are not as flashy as some other meteor showers, she said, "it's a known shower that comes along regularly, … and the moon will be down, so that will help."

A big, bright moon can make it hard to spot streaking meteors. But the moon will be new during this year's Orionids peak, she said, meaning it'll be dim and will dip below the horizon not long after sunset.

Orionids' "Very Recognizable" Region

The Orionids are so named because the meteors appear to radiate from near the constellation Orion, aka the Hunter.

This easily spotted constellation "kind of looks like an hourglass with a very recognizable belt of stars," said astronomer Mark Hammergren of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago.

In addition, "the constellation is visible from pretty much anywhere in the world, because it appears along a line of sight close to the Equator," he said.

How to See the Orionids

At this time of year, Orion rises at about 11 p.m. local time worldwide, so the best time to view the Orionids will be after midnight, Hammergren said.

For the best views, Hammergren and Cochran both recommend going to a dark site away from city lights and allowing enough time for your eyes to adjust to seeing fainter objects in the sky.

"You don't need binoculars," Cochran added. "Just lie back in a reclining chair or on a blanket and enjoy the show."

But dress warmly, Hammergren advised: "You always cool off more than you think you will just lying there—that's a lesson novice astronomers learn real fast!"

Orionid Meteor Shower's Famous "Parent"

The Orionid meteors are created by a band of small particles that circle through the solar system in the orbit of Halley's comet.

The comet is visible to the naked eye, and in the 1700s astronomer Edmond Halley was the first to correctly predict its return, calculating that the comet comes back every 76 years.

Later studies revealed historical sightings of Halley's comet—in circa-240 B.C. Chinese records and in medieval England's 11th-century Bayeux Tapestry.

But it wasn't until the 1800s that astronomers noticed that some large groupings of "shooting stars" also appeared at regular intervals. Still later, those groupings were linked to comets.

The mass of a comet is basically a fifty-fifty combination of dirt and ice left over from when the planets were forming about 4.5 billion years ago, the McDonald Observatory's Cochran explained.

When a comet comes into the inner solar system—which includes Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and the asteroid belt—the sun's heat turns some of the comet's ice into gas. Without the ice to hold them to the comet, some rocky fragments fall away.

"That stuff doesn't just disappear," Cochran said.

"When Earth's orbit intersects with those dust streams, the particles hit the upper atmosphere, creating meteors."

No Orionid Clump

A fragment shed by a comet is usually no larger than a grain of sand. But sometimes those grains travel together in groupings, or clumps, which can be held together by gravity for hundreds of years, Adler's Hammergren added.

Since these clumps form when the comet is near the sun, Earth is most likely to hit them in years when the comet is once again close to the planet—resulting in a more spectacular meteor shower.

For example, next month astronomers expect Earth to pass through a clump of material left behind by comet Tempel-Tuttle, which might boost the annual Leonid meteor shower to produce as many as 500 meteors an hour.

But Halley's comet is now almost at its farthest point away from the sun, Hammergren said, so "I wouldn't expect a clump [for the Orionids] this year."

Still, he said, for fans of the famous space rock, the Orionids in any year are "a great chance to see a piece of Halley's comet in the sky." -

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

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Date Posted: 20 October 2009 at 12:10am - - -,photography,sky,landscape,nature,sunshine-e64e93e8009738aba303ea1c54b71b5d_h.jpg -  
In reality, as we shall see later, especially when we examine images of immenseness, tiny and immense are compatible. A poet is always ready to see large and small. For instance, thanks to the image, a man like Paul Claudel, in his cosmogony was quick to assimilate the vocabulary if not the thinking of contemporary science. The following lines are from his Cinq grandes odes (p.i8o): “Just as we see little spiders or certain insect larvae hidden like precious stones in their cotton and satin pouches, “In the same way, I was shown an entire nestful of still embarrassed suns in the cold folds of the nebula.”
If a poet looks through a microscope or a telescope, he always sees the same thing.

Bachelard’s Miniature

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 21 October 2009 at 12:06am

I can't stop pointing
to the beauty.
Every moment and place says,
"Put this design in your carpet!"
Every object and being in the universe is
a jar overflowing with wisdom and beauty,
a drop of the Tigris that cannot be contained
by any skin. Every jarful spills and makes the earth
more shining, as though covered in satin.
~Jalal-ud-deen Rumi(ra)

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

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Date Posted: 21 October 2009 at 7:44pm,photography,sky,landscape,nature,sunshine-e64e93e8009738aba303ea1c54b71b5d_h.jpg">

Thy world the fish's and the winged things bower
My world a crying of the sunrise hour
In Thy world I am helpless and a slave
in my world is Thy kingdom and Thy power.
~Muhammad Iqbal (Payam e Mashriq-Message of the East)

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 23 October 2009 at 1:22am

Meteor shower: Orionids reach peak

The Orionid meteor shower, a trail of debris left in space by Halley's Comet, was at its most intense in the early hours of Wednesday.

The Orionids, seen from an observatory near the village of Avren, east of the Bulgarian capital Sofia Photo: AP

Experts were expecting to see dozens of meteors an hour in some places as the shower approached its peak this morning.

The annual Orionid shower, so-called because it appears from the direction of the constellation Orion, is created when earth passes through trails of debris floating through space.

It is visible from almost anywhere in the world, because Orion - "the hunter" - is on a sight line very close to the equator, but the best viewing is found in rural areas away from light pollution. - #
What are we trying to practice every day? If our friendship depends on
things like space and time, then when we finally overcome space and time,
we've destroyed our own brotherhood! But overcome space, and all we have left is Here. Overcome time, and all we have left is Now. And in the
middle of Here and Now, don't you think that we might see each other once or twice?"”
 ~Richard Bach

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 24 October 2009 at 1:51am
                          Hubble Finds Hidden Exoplanet
In 19 years of observations, the Hubble Space Telescope has amassed a huge archive of data--an archive that may contain the telltale glow of undiscovered extrasolar planets. Such is the case with HR 8799b, shown in this artist's concept. The planet is one of three extrasolar planets orbiting the young star HR 8799, which lies 130 light-years away. The planetary trio was originally discovered in images taken with the Keck and Gemini North telescopes in 2007 and 2008.

Image Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI) -
The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.
Undoubtedly we have no questions to ask which are unanswerable. We must trust the perfection of the creation so far, as to believe that whatever curiosity the order of things has awakened in our minds, the order of things can satisfy. Every man's condition is a solution in hieroglyphic to those inquiries he would put. He acts it as life, before he apprehends it as truth.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 25 October 2009 at 3:43am
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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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 26 October 2009 at 1:52am

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."
~Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 27 October 2009 at 4:15am
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. - # -

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

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Date Posted: 28 October 2009 at 7:54am

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/ -
If winter should say, "Spring is in my heart," who would believe winter?

~Khalil Gibran

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 29 October 2009 at 3:25am

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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Date Posted: 30 October 2009 at 1:14am">
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


La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 31 October 2009 at 2:58am
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.
~Jalal-ud-deen Rumi(ra)

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 01 November 2009 at 2:07am
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/ -

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

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 02 November 2009 at 3:22am

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)

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 02 November 2009 at 3:19pm
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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Date Posted: 03 November 2009 at 3:56am

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

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 04 November 2009 at 2:10pm

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

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 05 November 2009 at 1:22am

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)

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 06 November 2009 at 2:03pm
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)

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 07 November 2009 at 2:41pm
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

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 09 November 2009 at 4:36am -
11 Great Astro Pics
Gazing up at the night sky is a reward unto itself: the splendor of the Universe awaits! But when you use a telescope and a camera, you can capture that beauty in ways that even our sophisticated eyes cannot detect...
"What is meaningful cannot in fact be isolated…. We achieve understanding within a circular movement from particular facts to the whole that includes them and back again from the whole thus reached to the particular significant facts."
"Just as primitive man believed himself to stand face to face with demons and believed that could he but know their names he would become their master, so is contemporary man faced by this incomprehensible, which disorders his calculations. "If I can but grasp it, if I can but cognise it", so he thinks, "I can make it my servant."
"Man is always something more than what he knows of himself. he is not what he is simply once and for all, but is a process..."
~Karl Jaspers (Man in the Modern Age)

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 10 November 2009 at 8:25am

'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)

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 12 November 2009 at 2:46pm -
"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)

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 16 November 2009 at 4:21pm
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

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 17 November 2009 at 2:07pm


 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)

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: oasiao
Date Posted: 21 November 2009 at 8:38pm
I wonder if the planets of Saturn get debris from its ring?

There would be a signature here, but it seems I can't write on my screen

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 22 November 2009 at 4:19am
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.... -

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." -


La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 28 November 2009 at 3:48pm">

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)

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 29 November 2009 at 1:04am

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

(2.51 minutes)

Subhan Allah

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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 29 November 2009 at 4:20pm
Thats a good one...
Thank you for posting that Brother Tarek...

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 30 November 2009 at 2:59pm

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

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 02 December 2009 at 10:44am
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)

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 03 December 2009 at 1:36pm
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/ -
 Bury your existence in the earth of obscurity,
for whatever sprouts forth,
without having first been buried,
flowers imperfectly.

( Hikam -Ibn Ata'illah(ra))

La ilaha ill-Allah, Muhammadur Rasulullah

Posted By: Al-Cordoby
Date Posted: 04 December 2009 at 1:59am - Astronomers Dig Up Relic of the Milky Way's Central Bulge -">

Terzan 5. Credit: ESO/F. Ferraro

Like archaeologists who dig through the layers of dirt to unearth crucial pieces of the history of mankind, astronomers have been gazing through the thick layers of interstellar dust obscuring the central bulge of the - Milky Way and have unveiled an extraordinary cosmic relic. Within the bulge is an unusual mix of - stars in the stellar grouping known as Terzan 5, and such a mix has never been observed anywhere in the bulge before. This peculiar conglomeration of stars suggests that Terzan 5 is one of the bulge's primordial building - blocks , most likely the relic of a dwarf - galaxy that merged with the Milky Way during its very early days.
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Posted By: a well wisher
Date Posted: 05 December 2009 at 8:47am
Amazing...The more we know, the more we realize, how less we know...Subhan many lessons in humility...
The Future Of Mankind-Carl Sagan -
The conspiracy theory of society comes from abandoning God and then asking: “Who is in his place”?’
(Karl Popper)

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