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mindboggling activity

M83 – sizzling with Hll regions and 15 million LYrs away.…

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scientist say

"The explosive vigour of the universe is thus matched with almost
unbelievable accuracy to its gravitating power. The big bang was not
evidently, any old bang, but an explosion of exquisitely arranged
Paul Davies, Superforce: The Search for a Grand Unified Theory of
Nature, 1984, p. 184

“If the rate of expansion one second after the big bang had been
smaller by even one part in a hundred thousand million million, the
universe would have recollapsed before it ever reached its present

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History Of Time, Bantam Press, London: 1988,
p. 121-125

"…Something else has to be behind things, somehow guiding them. And
that, one might say, is a kind of mathematical proof of divinity."
Guy Marchie, American Science Writer
Guy Murchie, The Seven Mysteries of Life, Boston: The Houghton Mifflin
Company, 1978, p. 598

"If the world’s finest minds can unravel only with difficulty the
deeper workings of nature, how could it be supposed that those
workings are merely a mindless accident, a product of blind chance?"
Paul Davies, Superforce, New York: Simon and Schuster, 1984, p.

"The Earth, with its atmosphere and oceans, its complex biosphere, its
crust of relatively oxidised, silica rich, sedimentary, igneous, and
metamorphic rocks overlaying [a magnesium silicate mantle and core] of
metallic iron, with its ice caps, deserts, forests, tundra, jungles,
grasslands, fresh-water lakes, coal beds, oil deposits, volcanoes,
fumaroles, factories, automobiles, plants, animals, magnetic field,
ionosphere, mid-ocean ridges, convincing mantle… is a system of
stunning complexity."
J. S. Lewis, American Geologist
F. Press, R. Siever, Earth, New York: W. H. Freeman, 1986, p. 2

"That the radiation from the sun (and from many sequence stars) should
be concentrated into a minuscule band of the electromagnetic spectrum
which provides precisely the radiation required to maintain life on
earth is very remarkable."
Ian Campbell, British Physicist
Ian M. Campbell, Energy and the Atmosphere, London: Wiley, 1977, p.1-2

"This, as most other of the Atheists’ Arguments, proceeds from a deep
Ignorance of Natural Philosophy; for if there were but half the sea
that now is, there would also be but half the Quantity of Vapours, and
consequently we could have but half as many Rivers as now there are to
supply all the dry land we have at present, and half as much more; for
the quantity of Vapours which are raised, as well as to the heat which
raised them. The Wise Creator therefore did so prudently order it,
that the seas should be large enough to supply Vapours sufficient for
all the land."
John Ray, 18th century British Naturalist
John Ray, The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Word of Creation, 1701;
Michael Denton, Nature’s Destiny, p. 73

"There is a mind and purpose behind the universe. There are hints of
that divine presence in how abstract mathematics can penetrate the
universe’s secrets, which suggests that a rational mind created the
world. Nature is fined tuned to allow life and consciousness to
John Polkinghorne, British Physicist
"Science Finds God", Newsweek, 27 July 1998

"In its standard form, the big bang theory assumes that all parts of
the universe began expanding simultaneously. But how could all the
different parts of the universe synchronize the beginning of their
expansion? Who gave the command?"
Andrei Linde, "The Self-Reproducing Inflationary Universe", Scientific
American, vol. 271, 1994, p. 48

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John Lenard Walson – Nut or What?

Just wondering what this group might think about this guy. It seems to me
like he is filming (?) with cracked glass. Crazy guy? or are these objects
real? He won’t send me the RA – Dec or time, this leads me to believe he is
just full of himself. How could this be duplicated?


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The death of open access unmoderated astro groups?

I am not clear exactly what the readers of sci.astro.amateur expect to
find here that they could not find elsewhere. Every day there is a
whole mass of material appearing in moderated groups that would appeal
to most amateur astronomers – this is material that is NOT being
posted to sci.astro.amateur.

I cannot recall any example of sci.astro.amateur being the first, or
only, place where I saw astronomical material of interest.

Martin Nicholson
Daventry, UK

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To my way of thinking, the role of life in the universe could be to
allow all things to exist – including the concept of time.  No life,
no time.  No time, no universe.

Martin R. Howell
Moderated sci.astro.amateur

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Sky & Telescope's Weekly Bulletin – Sep 5

Sky & Telescope’s Weekly Bulletin – September 5, 2008

Phoenix Surpasses 90-day Milestone
September 5, 2008 |  NASA’s newest Martian lander has now been
scratching, digging, sniffing, baking and tasting samples of the Red
Planet’s polar terrain for more than three months. How long can it
survive in the fast-approaching Martian winter — and how much
more can it learn?
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Perseids Hitting the Moon
September 3, 2008 |  Amateurs have helped lead the way in recording
the flashes of meteoroids hitting the Moon’s night side.
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The Oregon Star Party
September 2, 2008 |  Located 40 miles from the nearest town, the
Oregon Star Party is one of the premier dark-sky astronomy gatherings
in the United States.
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This Week’s Sky at a Glance
September 5, 2008 |  Tiny little Mars passes brighter Venus low in the
sunset this week. Bright Jupiter shines highest at dusk, offering
occasional views of its Great Red Spot as it turns — and, for some
observers, a double satellite shadow transit by its satellites.
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Deep-Sky Companions: The Messier Objects

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Deep-Sky Companions: The Caldwell Objects

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Women AND Islam

Sorry for not sending anything related to this group but it might be
something new to you.

 Women AND Islam :) a talk by Sister Aminah Assilmi…

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Yukon Aurora…

This is the kind of action occuring in northern Canada.  A reconnection
event produed the streaming effect.
This ability of the earths magnetic field to respond to CME’s as a
reconnection  magnetic field points or
shortcircuiting causes energetic explosions that appear as streaming events
in the aurora.

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The music is Great for Relaxation and Meditation!



"The sunlight reflected indescribable joys over the ocean of beauty,
where the sea birds glided freely under the calm blue skies. Peaceful
state of being exists when the mind and feelings merge into the
Universe’s reality as One. In this state, there is no energy
differential between the mind and the constant changing reality,
thus, the manifestation of life has transgressed into quiet state of
existence. The sunset traveled towards of the deep blue sea’s
horizon, as the Earth rested quietly in the profound Universe." –

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dismally slow !

The analysis and dissemination of information is prbably the slowest in
recent space history. Even Viking produced speedy results in 1976 !  Since
Aug. 21 tjhere still has been no results published from TEGA and there are
problems with the mass spectrometer delivery system.

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