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Amazing!
The tantras view the five elements that make up our natural landscape—earth, water, air, fire, and space—as divine in their pure nature. These elements combine on multiple levels to form the endless displays we call life. In this poetry, the element of space is love, the open mind of kindness.

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Cat's Eye Hubble Remix 
Credit & Copyright: Vicent Peris (OAUV /PTeam), MAST, STScI, AURA, NASA

Explanation: Staring across interstellar space, the alluring Cat's Eye Nebula lies three thousand light-years from Earth. One of the most famous planetary nebulae in the sky, the Cat's Eye (NGC 6543) is over half a light-year across and represents a final, brief yet glorious phase in the life of a sun-like star. This nebula's dying central star may have produced the simple, outer pattern of dusty concentric shells by shrugging off outer layers in a series of regular convulsions. But the formation of the beautiful, more complex inner structures is not well understood. Here, Hubble Space Telescope archival image data has been reprocessed to create another look the cosmic cat's eye. Compared to well-known Hubble pictures, the alternative processing strives to sharpen and improve the visiblility of details in light and dark areas of the nebula and also applies a more complex colorpalette. Of course, gazing into the Cat's Eye, astronomers may well be seeing the fate of our Sun, destined to enter its own planetary nebula phase of evolution ... in about 5 billion years.


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His Holiness the Dalai Lama taking a moment from a tree planting ceremony to inspect Swami Karshni Guruasharanandaji Maharaj's beard during his visit to meet with religious leaders at the Kumbh Mela in Trimbakeshwar, Maharashtra, India on August 30, 2015. (Photo by Tenzin Choejor/OHHDL)
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Filament of the cosmic web... (To be)

"A of team of astronomers led by Caltech has unveiled a giant swirling disk of gas—a protogalaxy, or galaxy in the making—being fed cool gas by a filament of the cosmic web. - See more at: http://m.caltech.edu/news/caltech-astronomers-unveil-distant-protogalaxy-connected-cosmic-web-47459#.dpuf
A team of astronomers led by Caltech has discovered a giant swirling disk of gas 10 billion light-years away—a galaxy-in-the-making that is actively being fed cool primordial gas tracing back to the Big Bang. Using the Caltech-designed and -built Cosmic Web Imager (CWI) at Palomar Observatory, the researchers were able to image the protogalaxy and found that it is connected to a filament of the intergalactic medium, the cosmic web made of diffuse gas that criss-crosses between galaxies and extends throughout the universe.

The finding provides the strongest observational support yet for what is known as the cold-flow model of galaxy formation. That model holds that in the early universe, relatively cool gas funnelled down from the cosmic web directly into galaxies, fuelling rapid star formation.

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So true!
What sometimes happens in our day-to-day lives when we get so busy is that we spend the whole day doing various things, completely caught up in the tasks before us, but when we get to the nighttime, we look back on the day and we can't even remember what we did. So we remember we did something but we just can't remember what it was.

And the reason that this happens is that when we get caught up in that busyness, our mind is only following after the things on the outside. It has lost its appreciation for who we ourselves are. So it's lost the mindfulness and awareness of itself and has engaged in activities only focusing on things on the outside. In that way we come to lose ourselves in the midst of all our activities, and therefore I think it's really essential and important to give ourselves time to just be ourselves.

~HIS HOLINESS THE KARMAPA SPEAKS ON COMPASSION AND THE NATURE OF MIND ON THE EVE OF HIS DEPARTURE TO INDIA
http://the17thkarmapa.blogspot.tw/2012/07/his-holiness-karmapa-speaks-on.html

(Art by Dedron: Steven Jobs)
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Swirling
With tumultuous winds peaking at about 400 mph, the Great Red Spot swirls wildly over Jupiter’s skies. The spot and what causes its swirl of reddish hues remains a mystery. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1N8rw5j #NASABeyond
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Long and dusty road...
The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has revisited one of its most iconic and popular images: the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation. This image shows the pillars as seen in visible light, capturing the multi-coloured glow of gas clouds, wispy tendrils of dark cosmic dust, and the rust-coloured elephants’ trunks of the nebula’s famous pillars.
The dust and gas in the pillars is seared by the intense radiation from young stars and eroded by strong winds from massive nearby stars. With these new images comes better contrast and a clearer view for astronomers to study how the structure of the pillars is changing over time.
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NASA, ESA/Hubbleand the Hubble Heritage Team
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Mysterious 3rd harmonic!
There are forty-eight new papers accepted into archives today (Thursday). Selected topics include: Exoplanets, odd-ball harmonics and fine structure variance

These papers caught my eye:

The Solar System as an Exoplanetary System http://arxiv.org/abs/1508.00931 Astro-physics is a bit like tennis, in that the ball is being smacked back and forth about the court. We see a lot of papers about how rare life must be; and how rare our solar system is; and sometimes we see just the opposite. At least now, we are entering an observation period where we see some exoplanets with earth-like potential.


High Order Harmonics in Light Curves of Kepler Planets http://arxiv.org/abs/1508.00899 If you like a good mystery, this is a good one shaping up: Careful tracking of some exoplanets is yielding a 'third overtone' to the root orbital period; and it is difficult to assign causality to this odd harmonic.

Constraints on scalar coupling to electromagnetism http://arxiv.org/abs/1508.00985 Distant quasar spectra appear to vary in ways that may indicate cosmic variance in fine structure. One possible explanation is a scalar coupling between electromagnetism and gravity. Tests of the weak equivalence principle appear to rule this out...(assuming, of course that the current constraints imposed by the observational test of the weak equivalence principle are valid.)

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Getting some perspective 4...
Mysterious 3rd Harmonics...!
There are forty-eight new papers accepted into archives today (Thursday). Selected topics include: Exoplanets, odd-ball harmonics and fine structure variance

These papers caught my eye:

The Solar System as an Exoplanetary System http://arxiv.org/abs/1508.00931 Astro-physics is a bit like tennis, in that the ball is being smacked back and forth about the court. We see a lot of papers about how rare life must be; and how rare our solar system is; and sometimes we see just the opposite. At least now, we are entering an observation period where we see some exoplanets with earth-like potential.


High Order Harmonics in Light Curves of Kepler Planets http://arxiv.org/abs/1508.00899 If you like a good mystery, this is a good one shaping up: Careful tracking of some exoplanets is yielding a 'third overtone' to the root orbital period; and it is difficult to assign causality to this odd harmonic.

Constraints on scalar coupling to electromagnetism http://arxiv.org/abs/1508.00985 Distant quasar spectra appear to vary in ways that may indicate cosmic variance in fine structure. One possible explanation is a scalar coupling between electromagnetism and gravity. Tests of the weak equivalence principle appear to rule this out...(assuming, of course that the current constraints imposed by the observational test of the weak equivalence principle are valid.)
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