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The Most Amazing Photo Ever Taken (?)

Post by Laurens » Mon May 23, 2011 7:40 am

The Hubble Ultra-Deep Field (HUDF) is an image of a small region of space in the constellation Fornax, composited from Hubble Space Telescope data accumulated over a period from September 24, 2003, through to January 16, 2004. It is the deepest image of the universe ever taken, looking back approximately 13 billion years (between 400 and 800 million years after the Big Bang), and it will be used to search for galaxies that existed at that time. The HUDF image was taken in a section of the sky with a low density of bright stars in the near-field, allowing much better viewing of dimmer, more distant objects. The image contains an estimated 10,000 galaxies.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubble_Ultra-Deep_Field" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
So here it is:
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Every single point of light in this photo is a galaxy made up of billions of suns.

This is an immensely important photo if you ask me, firstly it puts our tiny little rock into perspective, and makes our incessant fighting over small fractions of it seem incredibly pointless. In a more personal context, for me it makes my personal troubles seem rather insignificant also, and fills me with a deep sense of awe and amazement.

It also raises the question; how many billions of other worlds are there out there? How many planets of beings caught up in suffering just like us?

In my opinion this is the most important and amazing image ever taken by human beings...
"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

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Post by Dhammabodhi » Mon May 23, 2011 8:44 am

I'll let Monsieur Sagan to continue your stream of thought: :soap:

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Post by Dan74 » Mon May 23, 2011 8:47 am

OK, I like the picture and appreciate the thought, but it seems to beg the question of where does it leave us with our day-to-day responsibilities?
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Post by retrofuturist » Mon May 23, 2011 9:57 am

Greetings,
Dan74 wrote:OK, I like the picture and appreciate the thought, but it seems to beg the question of where does it leave us with our day-to-day responsibilities?
Approximately here...

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Post by BlackBird » Mon May 23, 2011 11:04 am

Laurens wrote: It also raises the question; how many billions of other worlds are there out there? How many planets of beings caught up in suffering just like us?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drake_equation" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I like to hope we might get fusion power up and running before peak oil destroys us. Then maybe we can venture to the stars. Or, at least start harvesting some of that sweet sweet vespene gas.
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Post by bodom » Mon May 23, 2011 8:12 pm

That is stunning Laurens! Thanks for posting.

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Post by Laurens » Mon May 23, 2011 9:46 pm

Dan74 wrote:OK, I like the picture and appreciate the thought, but it seems to beg the question of where does it leave us with our day-to-day responsibilities?
It leaves us feeling like they are slightly less significant than we initially thought :P
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Post by Laurens » Mon May 23, 2011 9:53 pm

Dhammabodhi wrote:I'll let Monsieur Sagan to continue your stream of thought: :soap:

I think his Pale Blue Dot speech is perhaps one of the most profoundly moving things I have ever heard.

His message to deal more kindly with each other and look after our home, and the absurdity of our conflicts is something we should all take on board, but alas too many of us sadly do not.
"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

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Post by DNS » Mon May 23, 2011 10:12 pm

Many astronauts and space travelers report of the awe and spiritual inspiration they have felt when seeing the earth from orbit. Many have noted the same type of feelings, how the petty conflicts shouldn't matter and don't matter.

The Iranian businesswoman who recently was a space traveler said she had the same feelings. She paid about $10 million to be a "space tourist".

Some of the reports about some of the formless jhanas are of similar vein. So we can spend $10 million to be a space tourist or we could just sit on the cushion. :tongue:

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Post by alan » Tue May 24, 2011 2:27 am

Thanks Laurens. Gotta love the Hubble!
I find this kind of thing totally fascinating, and have bookmarked this site:http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110520.html.
Some days have more interesting photos than others but it is a wonderful way to greet the morning. It's the first place I go when I get online. Check it out!

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Post by SeekingTruth » Tue May 24, 2011 8:04 am

alan wrote:Thanks Laurens. Gotta love the Hubble!
I find this kind of thing totally fascinating, and have bookmarked this site:http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110520.html.
Some days have more interesting photos than others but it is a wonderful way to greet the morning. It's the first place I go when I get online. Check it out!
I have loved the site for some time, awesome :)
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Post by andre9999 » Tue May 24, 2011 12:19 pm

alan wrote:Thanks Laurens. Gotta love the Hubble!
I find this kind of thing totally fascinating, and have bookmarked this site:http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110520.html.
Some days have more interesting photos than others but it is a wonderful way to greet the morning. It's the first place I go when I get online. Check it out!
Thanks for that Alan. It was the weirdest feeling, but as soon as I saw the picture I felt that same calm feeling that hits me after about five minutes into a sit.

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Post by David2 » Tue May 24, 2011 12:59 pm

In 2014 or 2015 the James Webb Space Telescope is supposed to be launched into space.

Here is a comparance of the primary mirror size with the Hubble Telescope:
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So scientists will be able to look even deeper into the universe in the near future. :)

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Post by Ytrog » Tue May 24, 2011 2:59 pm

If you find watching stars and galaxies relaxing then maybe this is something for you: http://www.galaxyzoo.org/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I was active there in the past and I find it very relaxing to look at galaxies and classify them. And you help scientists with it too :)
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Post by andre9999 » Tue May 24, 2011 5:30 pm

David2 wrote:So scientists will be able to look even deeper into the universe in the near future. :)
So scientists will be able to look further into the past in the near future. :)

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Post by ricketybridge » Tue May 24, 2011 5:47 pm

David N. Snyder wrote:Some of the reports about some of the formless jhanas are of similar vein.
Yep. As far as my experience has shown me, contemplating an image like this photo is basically all you need for the "boundless space" jhana.

As for how it affects our day-to-day, although on the one hand you could say, "oh man, my problems are so insignificant," you can also say, "wow, this makes my problems MORE significant because sentient life is so rare (even if it does exist across the universe)." I personally prefer the former interpretation, however. It DEFINITELY makes me more relaxed. Contemplating all the millions and millions of forgotten people of the past makes me feel similarly.

The fact that this is the reaction I have is sort of counter-intuitive: I'd think it'd make me depressed, but it actually takes the pressure off. ;) Like, eventually, the sun is going to engulf the earth someday, and all trace of your existence will be utterly wiped out. So basically, it turns, say, success into a mere illusion, since it's not like there's a risk of getting an F in life. :) (I assume this is essentially anicca?)

Anyway, thanks for the pic. :)

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Post by Dhammabodhi » Fri May 27, 2011 12:23 pm

Laurens wrote:
I think his Pale Blue Dot speech is perhaps one of the most profoundly moving things I have ever heard.

His message to deal more kindly with each other and look after our home, and the absurdity of our conflicts is something we should all take on board, but alas too many of us sadly do not.
Indeed. However, it is unfortunate that he seems to have been unfamiliar with other systems of Indian thought other than Vedic Hinduism, most notably Buddhism:


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Post by christopher::: » Fri May 27, 2011 2:16 pm



Pretty cool Universe we live in, imo.

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Post by pegembara » Fri May 27, 2011 3:06 pm

Sky gazing is consider an important meditation practice in the recognition of Dzogchen.

THE BASIC STEPS TO SKY GAZING MEDITATION

Assume a comfortable meditative posture outside (during the day or night).
Look outward at the sky – observe it and inquire about it.
Recognize it is vast beyond concept.
As mind observes the sky, look inward at mind – observe and inquire about it.
Realize it is vast beyond concept.
With the understanding that both mind and universe are inconceivably boundless entities, allow their space to begin to merge. Be one with the experience.
Rest in this natural, pristine awareness.
And what is right speech? Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, & from idle chatter: This is called right speech.

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