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"The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously." — Henry Kissinger:

“The absence of alternatives clears the mind marvelously.”
— Henry Kissinger

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 14:21:31 +0800

Have you contemplated your home galaxy lately? If your sky looked like this, perhaps you’d contemplate it more often! The featured picture is actually a composite of two images taken last month from the same location in south Brazil and with the same camera – but a few hours apart. The person in the image – also the astrophotographer – has much to see in the Milky Way Galaxy above. The central band of our home Galaxy stretches diagonally up from the lower left. This band is dotted with spectacular sights including dark nebular filaments, bright blue stars, and red nebulas. Millions of fainter and redder stars fill in the deep Galactic background. To the lower right of the Milky Way are the colorful gas and dust clouds of Rho Ophiuchus, featuring the bright orange star Antares. On this night, just above and to the right of Antares was a bright planet Jupiter. The sky is so old and so familiar that humanity has formulated many stories about it, some of which inspired this very picture.

October 15, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191015.html

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 12:14:28 +0800

Bridge to Gracht Castle in Erftstadt (NRW, Germany)

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 08:10:14 +0800

It can be difficult to take responsibility for the parts of ourselves that cause us pain or difficulty. But this is the first step towards growth.

Tue, 15 Oct 2019 01:58:21 +0800

"The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts." — James Joyce:

“The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.”
— James Joyce

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:21:35 +0800

What does the Andromeda galaxy really look like? The featured image shows how our Milky Way Galaxy’s closest major galactic neighbor really appears in a long exposure through Earth’s busy skies and with a digital camera that introduces normal imperfections. The picture is a stack of 223 images, each a 300 second exposure, taken from a garden observatory in Portugal over the past year. Obvious image deficiencies include bright parallel airplane trails, long and continuous satellite trails, short cosmic ray streaks, and bad pixels. These imperfections were actually not removed with Photoshop specifically, but rather greatly reduced with a series of computer software packages that included Astro Pixel Processor, DeepSkyStacker, and PixInsight. All of this work was done not to deceive you with a digital fantasy that has little to do with the real likeness of the Andromeda galaxy (M31), but to minimize Earthly artifacts that have nothing to do with the distant galaxy and so better recreate what M31 really does look like.

October 14, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191014.html

Mon, 14 Oct 2019 12:14:29 +0800

"Change before you have to." — Jack Welch:

“Change before you have to.”
— Jack Welch

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 14:21:28 +0800

Jewels don’t shine this bright – only stars do. Like gems in a jewel box, though, the stars of open cluster NGC 290 glitter in a beautiful display of brightness and color. The photogenic cluster, pictured here, was captured in 2006 by the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. Open clusters of stars are younger, contain few stars, and contain a much higher fraction of blue stars than do globular clusters of stars. NGC 290 lies about 200,000 light-years distant in a neighboring galaxy called the Small Cloud of Magellan (SMC). The open cluster contains hundreds of stars and spans about 65 light years across. NGC 290 and other open clusters are good laboratories for studying how stars of different masses evolve, since all the open cluster’s stars were born at about the same time.

October 13, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191013.html

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 12:14:26 +0800

Humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) near its whale calf, breaching off to keep away males. Taken offshore (Tahiti, French Polynesia).

Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:12:16 +0800

"The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire." — Richard M. Nixon:

“The finest steel has to go through the hottest fire.”
— Richard M. Nixon

Sat, 12 Oct 2019 14:21:28 +0800

In an interplanetary first, on July 19, 2013 Earth was photographed on the same day from two other worlds of the Solar System, innermost planet Mercury and ringed gas giant Saturn. Pictured on the left, Earth is the pale blue dot just below the rings of Saturn, as captured by the robotic Cassini spacecraft then orbiting the outermost gas giant. On that same day people across planet Earth snapped many of their own of their own pictures of Saturn. On the right, the Earth-Moon system is seen against the dark background of space as captured by the robotic MESSENGER spacecraft, then in Mercury orbit. MESSENGER took its image as part of a search for small natural satellites of Mercury, moons that would be expected to be quite dim. In the MESSENGER image, the Earth (left) and Moon (right) are overexposed and shine brightly with reflected sunlight. Destined not to return to their home world, both Cassini and Messenger have since retired from their missions of Solar System exploration.

October 12, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191012.html

Sat, 12 Oct 2019 12:14:26 +0800

War memorial monument (“Kriegerdenkmal”), Hofgarten, in front of the Bayerische Staatskanzlei, Munich, Germany. The monument is composed of an open crypt, that consist of 12 stone blocks, lcoated in the middle of a rectangular pit. The crypt just contains the statue of a dead soldier, a work of Bernhard Bleeker. The monument was inaugurated in 1924. The original statue was replaced by a bronze cast in 1972, and is now exhibited in the Bavarian Army museum in Ingolstadt.

Sat, 12 Oct 2019 08:12:40 +0800

When others judge us, we become fearful and can act foolishly. We behave similarly when we judge ourselves. Be kind to yourself and open to growth and change.

Sat, 12 Oct 2019 05:24:33 +0800

Nature photographers and other fans of planet Earth always look forward to the blue hour. That’s the transition in twilight, just before sunrise or after sunset, when the Sun is below the horizon but land and sky are still suffused with beautiful bluish hues of light. On August 8 this early morning blue hour panorama scanned along the clear western sky, away from the impending sunrise. A breathtaking scene, it looks down the slopes of Mt. Whitney, from along the John Muir Trail toward rugged peaks of planet Earth’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. Above the horizon a faint pinkish band of back scattered sunlight, the anti-twilight arch or Belt of Venus, borders the falling grey shadow of Earth itself. Subtle bands of light across the clear sky are anti-crepuscular rays, defined by shadows of clouds near the sunward horizon. Actually following parallel lines they seem to converge along the horizon at the point opposite the rising Sun due to perspective.

October 11, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191011.html

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 12:14:30 +0800

Meadow at dawn near Desenka railway halt. Vinnytsia Raion, Vinnytsia Oblast, Ukraine

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 08:12:15 +0800

Holding a grudge hurts you more than it hurts anyone else.

Fri, 11 Oct 2019 07:54:15 +0800

"To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own." — Anne Morrow Lindbergh:

“To give without any reward, or any notice, has a special quality of its own.”
— Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 14:21:32 +0800

To learn, you must experiment. This means doing things you are bad at or scared of. If you make a mistake, you learn and try again. Without this process, there is no growth.

Thu, 10 Oct 2019 05:54:54 +0800

"I have come to believe that this is a mighty continent which was hitherto unknown." — Christopher Columbus:

“I have come to believe that this is a mighty continent which was hitherto unknown.”
— Christopher Columbus

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:21:32 +0800

Is this galaxy jumping through a giant ring of stars? Probably not. Although the precise dynamics behind the featured image is yet unclear, what is clear is that the pictured galaxy, NGC 7714, has been stretched and distorted by a recent collision with a neighboring galaxy. This smaller neighbor, NGC 7715, situated off to the left of the featured frame, is thought to have charged right through NGC 7714. Observations indicate that the golden ring pictured is composed of millions of older Sun-like stars that are likely co-moving with the interior bluer stars. In contrast, the bright center of NGC 7714 appears to be undergoing a burst of new star formation. The featured image was captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. NGC 7714 is located about 130 million light years away toward the constellation of the Two Fish (Pisces). The interactions between these galaxies likely started about 150 million years ago and should continue for several hundred million years more, after which a single central galaxy may result.

October 09, 2019
from NASA | https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap191009.html

Wed, 09 Oct 2019 12:14:31 +0800