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Monday, September 12, 2011

Photo of Jupiter takes award in Royal Astronomy photo contest

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The spacecraft Voyager 2 took this picture of Jupiter from 24 million kilometers away. The details seen in this picture include the cloud patterns of Jupiter. Also very noticable is the shadow of Ganymede that is casted on Jupiter’s atmosphere on the left. Io, one of the four Jovian satellites, is shown on the right.

A Beautiful photo of  the planet Jupiter (not the one you see above)  has taken first prize in this year's Royal Astronomy Photo Contest. The winning image,taken by photographer Damian Peach,  shows Jupiter with its two moons,Io and Ganymede.Here is a link to the winning entry:

You can see other photos which were entered at this link as well. Here is a link to the winner's website where you can see other photos of the heavens he has taken: Apparently Damian Peach was interviewed after the competition. You can play this interview by clicking on the following link:

As stated by the winner:"This photograph was taken as part of a long series of images taken over a three-week period from the island of Barbados in the Caribbean – a location where the atmospheric clarity is frequently excellent, allowing very clear and detailed photographs of the planets to be obtained.
‘I’ve been interested in Astronomy since the age of ten and have specialized in photographing the planets for the last fourteen years. I’m very happy with the photo and wouldn’t really change any aspect of it.’
Telescope used to take the winning photo: Celestron 356mm Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope (C14) with a PGR Flea3 CCD camera . Two judges give their impressions of the winning photo at the following link which is also the source of the information in the last two paragraphs.

To learn more about the planet Jupiter please visit the following websites:

For your listening pleasure as you read the information about the largest planet in our Solar system, I am providing you with the musical composition, "Jupiter" from Gustav Holst's "The Planets" below:
I hope you enjoy the music and I hope you enjoy learning more about Jupiter!

To watch a 44 minute video about the  planet Jupiter, entitled, "The Universe: Jupiter The Giant Planet" please click on the following link:

To conclude this blog post, as one of my favorite television personalities, Jack Horkheimer on his PBS show "Star Gazer" used to say to end his show, "Keep Looking up"!!!

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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.