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Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Hubble Telescope is working again!!

Wonderful News!! The Hubble Space Telescope is back working again, after a computer malfunction shut down the telescope for nearly a month. And what a way to come back online, by sending the world the most beautiful of images of our solar system.This image is of a pair of gravitationally interacting galaxies called Arp 147. According to some research I did about it on the internet, "The galaxy Arp 147 belongs to a class of objects believed to have formed a ring as a result of a collision with a second galaxy.source:", "Arp 147 appears in the Arp Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies, compiled by Halton Arp in the 1960s and published in 1966." (source:

Harold C. Arp, a noted and controversial cosmologist of the twentienth century, is recognized for having catalogued 338 galaxy groups whose galaxy shapes do not conform to one of the two standard types (spiral or elliptical) and their associated subtypes which describe the spiral nature of their swirling arms or elliptical eccentricity. These irregular galaxies are believed to be valuable abnormalities which may provide clues into the ultimate formation of spiral and elliptical galaxies and particularly due to our inability to influence potential factors in galaxy formation when attempting to describe or even comprehend these dynamics.

Each of the 338 entries in Arp's catalog is classified into one of six major types, namely Spiral Galaxies, Spiral Galaxies with Companions on Arms, Elliptical and Elliptical-like Galaxies, Galaxies (not classifiable as Spiral or Elliptical), Group Character (Interacting Galaxies) and Miscellaneous. A second subdivision accompanies each of the initial five major classifications and includes, for example, "One-Armed", "Low Surface Brightness Companions", "Repelling Spiral Arms", "Galaxies with Jets" and "Interacting Galaxies" (source:


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Thoughts worth thinking about

"Our subconscious minds have no sense of humor, play no jokes and cannot tell the difference between reality and an imagined thought or image. What we continually think about eventually will manifest in our lives."-Sidney Madwed

Laws alone can not secure freedom of expression; in order that every woman and man present their views without penalty, there must be spirit of tolerance in the entire population.- Albert Einstein Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. - Leo Buscaglia

A person's true wealth is the good he or she does in the world. - Mohammed

Our task must be to free ourselves... by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature and its beauty. -Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. - Ghandi

The unselfish effort to bring cheer to others will be the beginning of a happier life for ourselves. - Helen Keller

Aim for success, not perfection. Never give up your right to be wrong, because then you will lose the ability to learn new things and move forward with your life. Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make yourself a happier and more productive person. - Dr. David M. Burns

Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures. -His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Mankind's true moral test, its fundamental test (which lies deeply buried from view), consists of its attitude towards those who are at its mercy: animals. And in this respect mankind has suffered a fundamental debacle, a debacle so fundamental that all others stem from it. -

Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity. -George Bernard Shaw

Ego's trick is to make us lose sight of our interdependence. That kind of ego-thought gives us a perfect justification to look out only for ourselves. But that is far from the truth. In reality we all depend on each other and we have to help each other. The husband has to help his wife, the wife has to help the husband, the mother has to help her children, and the children are supposed to help the parents too, whether they want to or not.-Gehlek Rinpoche Source: "The Best Buddhist Writing 2005 pg. 165

The hostile attitude of conquering nature ignores the basic interdependence of all things and events---that the world beyond the skin is actually an extension of our own bodies---and will end in destroying the very environment from which we emerge and upon which our whole life depends.