Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Nope, No Democrats Here

Let you mind's eye conjure up all sorts of images from this little tidbit right here in our own tiny galaxy.  Click the image but of course Monsieur/Mademoiselle.

Personally, after just a minute or two, I can see everything from the grotesque to the beautiful, from complex evil to childlike simplicity, from Hellish to Angelic, from unbridled happiness to utter despair, from Einstein to Magellan.


  1. Even though I intellectually understand gravity and all that stuff, the thought of all those stars and planets (including earth) just bobbling about with nothing holding them up scares me. I need a safe space. ;-)

    1. Adrienne, I will make you a safe space, but space is constantly moving. Things are inebbudubly going to change..

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    1. Ed, that's not a bad description. The dust coagulates into stars and the stars eventually blow creating massive amounts of dust, which then someone has to clean up.

  3. I always knew you were kinda out there. I love those pics.

  4. I nabbed this photo and made it the wallpaper on my iPad.

    1. AOW, In case you didn't know, if you click the pic above, it will take you to the APOD site where you can read a description. Clicking the picture there will get you a high pixel version(forget the term), and often time clicking again will allow you to zoom in ever further. In this case that's available.


    This was written for KID's blog, but for some ungodly reason ever since I got this new computer, his blog refuses to accept any post that contains verse.

    I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help.

    My help cometh from the Lord which made Heaven and Earth.

    He will not suffer thy foot to be moved.

    Behold, He that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.

    The Lord is thy keeper. He is the shade upon they right hand.

    The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.

    The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil. He shall preserve thy soul.

    The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth and even forevermore.

    ~ Adapted from the Book of Psalms and used as the text for an anthem by modern American composer Leo Sowerby

    The psalmist might better have advised us to lift up our eyes unto the STARS and BEYOND. The incredible sense of AWE and WONDER we should feel at being confronted with what we do not, and cannot possibly ever, fully know might be intimidating to some, but I have always found it oddly reassuring.

    After all, who am I –– who are ANY of us –– but the tiniest imaginable speck of dust in the unimaginable vastness of Creation, and yet I know that somehow I matter.

    All that old business of "Not a sparrow falls, but that He notices it" becomes completely believable, and comforting when contemplating the magnitude of God's Creation.

    And what better way to do that than to gaze with fascination and deep curiosity at the glory of and impenetrable mystery of Outer Space?

    1. Well for Heaven's sake it worked THIS time. I'm glad, but still completely mystified as to why it failed several times before.

    2. FT, I personally find comfort in the fact that we will never know everything.

  6. it really is possible to see SO MUCH in that image...amazing.
    I, too, find comfort in not knowing everything...big comfort...For Christians, that takes a lot of maturity and is kind of the golden ring...