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Hubble status — update 10/25

Hubble Status Report #7

October 25, 2008
The current primary camera on the Hubble Space Telescope is now back
in active operation and will resume science observations shortly.

Just before 9:30 a.m. EDT this morning on board Hubble, the
telescope’s science computer began to send commands to Wide Field
Planetary Camera-2. These commands brought the computer out of the
quiescent, safe state in which it has waited since the computer shut
down on October 16.

Additional commanding allowed engineers on the ground to assess the
instrument’s state of health and verify the contents of the camera’s
microprocessor memory. All systems are poised to begin acquiring
science data later today.

The first observations made will be for data calibration purposes. The
team at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which manages Hubble
science, expects to release an image late next week.

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Mirach's Ghost (Anthony Ayiomamitis) – Astronomy Picture of the Day

Mirach’s Ghost (Anthony Ayiomamitis) –  Astronomy Picture of the Day


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Being Sincerely Religious Without Deceiving Yourself

In the previous chapter we began by looking at what is around us, at
all the living and non-living things on the face of the Earth and in
the universe and as a result of these reflections we arrived at the
truth that the purpose of a person’s creation is to serve Allah. Let
us begin this chapter by pointing out a very important matter.
How old are you now? Let’s say you are 30 years old and that we go
back in time 30 years and 10 months. You did not yet exist on the face
of the Earth and neither was there any sign that you ever would.
Later, a sperm came together with an ovary and after a 9-month period
of growth you arrived in the world as a baby. That is, you came into
existence from nothing. First you were a single cell. Then the cell
divided and became two, four, eight, sixteen, thirty-two… Finally, you
came to be a living being made up of millions of cells with hands,
limbs, eyes, ears, a nose, blood circulation, a respiratory system,
and others. Although you were once a single cell, you turned into a
thinking, intelligent, seeing and feeling being with information,
knowledge and the capacity for pleasure. When you think about it, you
can easily understand what an extraordinary process this is.

How, then, did this miracle happen? How was an intelligent creature
produced by the combining of two parts, invisible to the naked eye,
and how did this creature come into the world as a baby complete in
all its parts? The answer to this is given in the following verses:

It is He Who created you from earth, then from a drop of sperm, then
from a clot of blood, then He brings you out as infants, then so you
may achieve full strength, then so you may become old men – though
some of you may die before that time – so that you may reach a
predetermined age and so that hopefully you will use your intellect.
It is He Who gives life and causes to die. When He decides on
something, He just says to it, "Be!" and it is. (Surah Ghafir: 67-68)

In these verses we are reminded that the Creator of all people
(including ourselves) and all living creatures is Allah, and when
faced with this truth people need to use their intelligence. A person
who uses his intelligence will arrive at the real purpose of creation
and give himself over to the religion of Allah. He will devote his
life to gaining His approval and mercy. In the Qur’an, Allah tells
people to stay away from delusions by reflecting on how they were

O man! What has deluded you in respect of your Noble Lord? He Who
created you and formed you and proportioned you and assembled you in
whatever way He willed. Yes indeed! But still you deny the Judgment.
Standing over you are guardians, noble, recording, who know what you
do. (Surat al-Infitar: 6-12)

However, despite all these truths, man is prone to deluding himself
and straying from the true path by means of self-deception, and of
wasting his efforts on worthless things. Although every detail of the
world is miraculous in the extreme, he is inclined to fail to see and
feel this or, by ignoring the voice of his conscience, feign ignorance
about what he sees and feels. If a person does not think about the
existence and greatness of Allah, and does not use his intelligence,
he will be plunged into eternal regret because of his experiences in
the world. Because of this, people need to stop deceiving themselves
and bear in mind the fact that everything in the world was created for
a purpose, that all the good things they possess are given them as a
blessing and that they will be called to account for everything they
have done on the Day of Judgment.


People with a true and sincere faith neither deceive themselves nor
evade the truth on any subject because they have a powerful fear and
respect of Allah, and so they strenuously avoid jeopardizing the
chances of His approval and neglecting their duties to Him. However,
those defined in the Qur’an as "people who have sickness in their
hearts" are reluctant in their worship of Allah. Allah points these
people out in Surat an-Nisa’: 72 by saying: "Among you there are
people who hang back." These people know the lifestyle and morality
that conform to the Qur’an but they show reluctance in this matter
because they are not sincere. They always find excuses for failing to
perform their worship. Because they are involved in this constant
search for excuses, they come up with false realities which will
deceive them or divert them from the truth whatever the situation or
circumstances. As Allah tells us in another verse, they "worship Allah
right on the edge" and do not devote themselves to Allah as they
should. The truth is that they only deceive themselves with their
insincere concept of worship. Allah explains this in the Qur’an:

Among the people there are some who say, "We believe in Allah and the
Last Day," when they are not believers. They think they deceive Allah
and those who believe. They deceive no one but themselves but they are
not aware of it. There is a sickness in their hearts and Allah has
increased their sickness. They will have a painful punishment on
account of their denial. (Surat al-Baqara: 8-10)

Sincerity is fundamental to the religion of Allah. If a person carries
out certain forms of worship reluctantly just out of habit or so as
not to attract criticism from others around him, he is deceiving only
himself, as we are told in the above verses. He cannot expect what he
does to have any value in the sight of Allah. In the Qur’an, Allah
warns us that acts of worship which are carried out reluctantly will
not be accepted:

Nothing prevents what they give from being accepted from them but the
fact that they have rejected Allah and His messenger, and that they
only come to prayer lethargically, and that they only give
reluctantly. (Surat at-Tawba: 54)

Insincere people have endless, inexhaustible excuses for avoiding
their responsibilities to Allah and wasting their lives on worldly
ambitions. In childhood, during their school years, when they enter
working life, while they are enjoying themselves, when they are happy,
when they are sad, the whole year round… Under all circumstances they
can come up with manufactured reasons for not worshipping and for
failing to follow Allah’s instructions. In the chapters to come we
will illustrate the excuses people put forward with examples from
everyday life. What is important is that it should be realized that
people are insincere when they make these excuses because there can be
no reason whatsoever for people not to carry out Allah’s instructions
while they are in this life. If a person tries to put forward such an
excuse, this just demonstrates his insincerity or lack of conviction.

A person who knows that Allah is with him at every moment, that He
sees and hears everything and knows and brings to light all that
people try to keep secret, will never attempt any insincerity in
serving Him. Such a person knows very well that if he tries to put
forward an excuse, Allah is aware of it before it even crosses his
lips and that He is aware, too, of the reluctance within a person who
is hesitant in his service to Him. He understands that such insincere
behavior will not go unpunished, so he also knows that self-deception
is no escape but will, on the contrary, cause him great harm. A person
like this never strays from seeking Allah’s approval under any
circumstances because he has no weakness thanks to his firm faith in
Allah. He is unconditionally sincere at all times.

People who have sickness in their hearts do have a weakness in their
faith even if they do not deny Allah openly. That is to say, their
faith is dependent on certain conditions. They do not hesitate to
deviate from their religion the moment it comes into conflict with
their own comfort or their own advantage. At other times they try to
ease their consciences by carrying out whatever worship comes easily
to them.

These people very obviously deceive themselves but they can in no way
arrive at an awareness of this. If you do not want to fall into the
state of insincerity these people exhibit in the sight of Allah, be
careful not to deceive yourself. If your knowledge is not enough, you
can get to know our Lord best by reading the Qur’an because in this
Book, Allah introduces Himself to His servants. In this way, you will
be able to understand Allah’s might and become a believer with a
complete and sincere faith. However, if you evaluate Allah and His
religion from a position of ignorance of the religion, you will fall
into errors from which there is no recovery. Do not forget that you
will only find salvation when you believe in Allah with a firm faith
and serve Him sincerely. This truth is also stated by our Prophet
(saas) thus:

Whoever meets Allah, without associating partners with Him, will enter
Paradise. (Sahih Muslim)

Faith in the Hereafter

As we have pointed out in previous chapters, a person who spends his
life pursuing his own desires and passions, doing worthless deeds and
failing to recognize the instructions and prohibitions of Allah does
not want to consider that in the Hereafter he will be resurrected,
called to account for everything he has done and treated accordingly.
Because of this, no matter how much his conscience is aware of the
existence of the Hereafter, he prefers to suppress his conscience and
deceives himself. This is, for example, one of the reasons people
adopt the belief in reincarnation which has become widespread in
recent times and according to which people return to the world after
death many times, in different places, at different times and with
different identities. This is because people who know that in the
Hereafter the punishment of Hell awaits them for what they have done,
or who at least grant the possibility of this, are made uncomfortable
by the fact that on dying they will enter the Hereafter. As a result
they joyfully accept such

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SSDSI Orion (Deep Sky Imager 6MP Pro color)

It has been a while since i visited last this news group, when I see
the number of junk messages (a year ago there was none) it makes me
feel like entering a battle field. In any case, anyone can recommend
another group ?

I just wanted to know if anyone has tested the CCD above (SSDSI from


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Big fireball over Colorado on Oct 29

We had a big fireball fly over most of the state last night, at least as
bright as the Moon. Because it happened early, at 7:29pm, it was widely
witnessed. I’ve already received over 100 reports, and more are coming
in fast since the evening news aired in Denver.

I’ve got some pretty impressive videos at . From my
location, the meteor is passing behind clouds, which gives a very three
dimensional effect.

Chris L Peterson
Cloudbait Observatory

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Stellar Sign

First published by Klaudio Zic Publications, 2008,
Copyright © 2008 by Klaudio Zic. All Rights Reserved. No part of this
abstract may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means,
electronic or otherwise, for commercial purposes or otherwise, without
the written permission of the author, except when permitted by law.


Academy for RTRRT and Scientific Astrology

The Academy of Scientific Astrology is based on astronomic principles
confirming to the IAU convention. The calculations are performed on
the HORIZONS integrator by Jon Giorgini of NASA JPL, Pasadena CA.
Subject headings: solar system – Academic Zodiac, astronomy –
precession, religion – planetary exorcism
Online material:

Amo 5:8   seek him that made the Pleiades and Orion, and turneth the
shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night;
that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the
face of the earth: Jehovah is his name.


The LORD suffered no Chaldean astrology in His ranks. Why so? Because
the Chaldeans were inaccurate as concern precession. Their
superstition probably assumed that there are 12 fixed rising signs in
the sky. Nowadays we know that precession does not suffer a fixed sky.
There is no such thing as 12 rising signs rising at east.


Sabean cults survive under the informal superstition of popular
astrology. Newspapers are full of precisely the very astrology that
the LORD forbade. The astrologers are partly aware of their mistakes,
but go on in practicing superstition. Not a single astrologer since
and before Hipparchus knew how to calculate his own natal Sun position
(sic). It is useless to compare various systems, because they all bear
such an amount of error as to make them all one big sin. Sai Baba was
born on November 23rd with Sun in Libra. This information already
dismisses superstition, whether it may be called this or that, east of
west. Europe never had any astrology at all, and that goes for
Babylonia and India. There are traces of excellent reckoning in Egypt,
38000 BC, China and possibly within the Mayan culture. That is to say
that initiates here and there did keep observation and not every
astrological system of the past is full of blame. Some of these
systems survived such as the Navajo and Hopi, but most of them
perished at the hand of superstition. Of these superstitions, the most
dangerous is in general use in primitive western countries, the Indian
system being slightly more aligned with the real sky. The western
zodiacs have been assigned two signs of error as galloping towards a
quarter of the sky in the next epoch. A quarter of the sky of error in
the age of computerization could not be produced by human intelligence
at all. Whatever persists in error is also not human intelligence.
Planetary exorcism is based on the Academic Zodiac, as well as RTRRT,
as presented in an informal way by the Second Scribe on
Let not the profane attitude fool the initiate, since the private
series is filmed within the proper temple settings with the priestess
of the Highest One attending ritual.


In our research we used modern approach in order to benefit the old
ways of observation. Zodiacal reformation took twenty minutes (sic).
There were some uncertainties as concern a couple of constellations,
where our knowledge was direly tested. The research nevertheless
continued towards August 2006, when it had its ending, with the
demotion of Pluto from planetary status. The intermediary zodiacs were
published as D, X, P, N, E, M and G zodiacs.


The results of our research are enlisted as follow.

The Academic Zodiac has 22 constellations.
There are 16 Eastern Ascendants at the present epoch. Other epochs may
have two dozen ascendants.
The universal Cartesian house system covers all astrological
situations from spacecraft to alien galaxies. On our own planet we
needed a house system that would account for sea quakes as calculated
under the sea, thus the Cartesian system will show 2002 AW197 rising
in Hydra under the sea at the epicenter.


Exo 22:18  –Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

A baby is born with Sun in Virgo and Pisces rising at east. With
likely misfortune to be judged by superstition, the baby will be
assigned Scorpio Sun with Capricorn ascendant. Already at birth, the
devil mangles the baby’s character. There is no such thing as
Capricorn ascendant, besides Scorpio and Virgo being separated by
Libra. The two sign error enters every western house, probably as
punishment for the materialistic life they live. In India, the error
is in fact not so great, as there are many control factors in an
astrology that survived as holy science.

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