"Practice radical trust." (Stephens, 2014b) And steadfast as Keats' Eremite, Not even stooping from its sphere, It asks a little of us here. It asks of us a certain height, So when at times the mob is swayed To carry praise or blame too far, We may choose something like a star To stay our minds on and be staid. Robert Frost, “Choose Something Like a Star” http://287.hyperlib.sjsu.edu/mollymckinney/2014/02/16/the-imitation-of-librarians/ flic.kr While other stars apparent positions in the sky change throughout the night, as they appear to rotate around the celestial poles, the Pole Star (Polaris) apparent positions remain virtually fixed. I hope you like my my first "star- trails" photograph. Here's a short time-lapse video too (fullscreen + HD): youtu.be/QthrlfyjGQc
Participation (Casey & Savastinuk, 2007; Lankes et al, 2012) I would have loved to live in a world Of women and men gaily In collusion with green leaves, stalks, Building mineral cities, transparent domes, Little huts of woven grass Each with its own pattern— A conspiracy to coexist With the Crab Nebula, the exploding Universe, the mind Adrienne Rich, “The Phenomenology of Anger” http://287.hyperlib.sjsu.edu/mollymckinney/2014/02/23/context-book-report-the-participatory-museum-by-nina-simon/ flic.kr A star's spectacular death in the constellation Taurus was observed on Earth as the supernova of 1054 A.D. Now, almost a thousand years later, a superdense neutron star left behind by the stellar death is spewing out a blizzard of extremely high-energy particles into the expanding debris field known as the Crab Nebula. This composite image uses data from three of NASA's Great Observatories. The Chandra X-ray image is shown in light blue, the Hubble Space Telescope optical images are in green and dark blue, and the Spitzer Space Telescope's infrared image is in red. The size of the X-ray image is smaller than the others because ultrahigh-energy X-ray emitting electrons radiate away their energy more quickly than the lower-energy electrons emitting optical and infrared light. The neutron star, which has the mass equivalent to the sun crammed into a rapidly spinning ball of neutrons twelve miles across, is the bright white dot in the center of the image. Image credit: Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/ASU/J.Hester et al.; Optical: NASA/ESA/ASU/J.Hester & A.Loll; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. Minn./R.Gehrz Learn more about Chandra: www.nasa.gov/chandra chandra.harvard.edu/photo/2006/crab/ p.s. You can see all of our Chandra photos in the Chandra Group in Flickr at: www.flickr.com/groups/chandranasa/ We'd love to have you as a member!
"Where imaginations play, learning happens" (Thomas & Brown, 2011) As kingfishers catch fire, dragonflies draw flame; As tumbled over rim in roundy wells Stones ring; like each tucked string tells, each hung bell’s Bow swung finds tongue to fling out broad its name; Each mortal thing does one thing and the same: Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; Selves—goes itself; myself it speaks and spells, Crying What I do is me: for that I came. Gerard Manley Hopkins, "As kingfishers draw fire" http://287.hyperlib.sjsu.edu/mollymckinney/2014/02/15/battle-of-the-books/ flic.kr Explore Sweetie187's photos on Flickr. Sweetie187 has uploaded 466 photos to Flickr.
Engage, Explore, Celebrate (Stephens, 2010) The world stands out on either side No wider than the heart is wide; Above the world is stretched the sky, No higher than the soul is high. Edna St. Vincent Millar, “Renascence” http://287.hyperlib.sjsu.edu/mollymckinney/2014/04/20/why-do-songs-rhyme/ flic.kr space
Transparency (Casey & Stephens, 2007) Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That's how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen, "Anthem" http://287.hyperlib.sjsu.edu/mollymckinney/2014/03/16/transparency-when-its-really-really-hard/ flic.kr Explore Sweetie187's photos on Flickr. Sweetie187 has uploaded 466 photos to Flickr.
"Chaos and messiness." (Stephens, 2012)<br><br>Going against men, , I have heard at times a deep harmony<br>Thrumming in the mixture, and when they ask me what<br>I say I don’t know. It is not the only or the easiest<br>Way to come to the truth. It is one way.<br><br>Wendell Berry, “The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer”<br><br>http://287.hyperlib.sjsu.edu/mollymckinney/2014/02/02/learning-on-the-edge-of-the-cliff/ flic.kr The Witch's Broom Nebula is also part of the famous Veil Nebula complex, this being the western portion. The entire complex is the remnant of a powerful supernova explosion which occurred thousands of years ago, sending elements forged in the destroyed stars core into space. The bright star is 52 Cygni. Takahashi Sky 90 at f/4.5 SBIG STL-4020M (remote guide head) Takahashi EM-200 SII/Ha/OIII: 3 hours each channel (20 minute subexposures) Processed with Maxim/DL, CCDStack, and Photoshop CS4 Noel Carboni's Astronomy Tools
"The library encourages the heart." (Stephens, 2011)<br><br>i carry your heart with me(i carry it in<br>my heart)i am never without it(anywhere<br>i go you go,my dear;and whatever is done<br>by only me is your doing,my darling)<br> i fear<br>no fate(for you are my fate,my sweet)i want<br>no world(for beautiful you are my world,my true)<br>and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant<br>and whatever a sun will always sing is you<br><br>here is the deepest secret nobody knows<br>(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud<br>and the sky of the sky of a tree called life;which grows<br>higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)<br>and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart<br><br>i carry your heart(i carry it in my heart)<br><br>e.e. cummings flic.kr Explore Sweetie187's photos on Flickr. Sweetie187 has uploaded 466 photos to Flickr.
www.youtube.com O Star (the fairest one in sight), We grant your loftiness the right To some obscurity of cloud -- It will not do to say of night, Since dark is what brings ...
"It’s not just documents that get hyperlinked in the new world of the Web. People do. Organizations do." (Weinberger, 2001) No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor of thy friend's Or of thine own were: Any man's death diminishes me, Because I am involved in mankind, And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. John Donne, "No Man Is An Island" flic.kr Editor's note: A little more eye candy. Happy Friday! This nocturnal photo of London, England was downlinked by the Expedition 34 crew from the International Space Station, flying approximately 240 miles above Earth, on Feb. 2, 2013. Expedition 34 Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield, astronaut with the Canadian Space Agency, added this footnote to his downlink: "London, on the Thames, from the city to the encircling motorway. Heathrow very visible on the (west)." North is at the bottom making west on the right in this image. It's the bright feature with dark parallel lines near the outer looping road. Image credit: NASA Original image: spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-34/html/... More about space station research: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/index.html There's a Flickr group about Space Station Research. Please feel welcome to join! www.flickr.com/groups/stationscience/ View more photos like this in the "NASA Earth Images" Flickr photoset: www.flickr.com/photos/28634332@N05/ ________________________________ These official NASA photographs are being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photographs. The photographs may not be used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by NASA. All Images used must be credited. For information on usage rights please visit: www.nasa.gov/audience/formedia/features/MP_Photo_Guidelin...
“We go where we are needed and do what is necessary to serve those who come to us.” (Stephens, 2014, Jan 13) The work of the world is common as mud. Botched, it smears the hands, crumbles to dust. But the thing worth doing well done has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident. Greek amphoras for wine or oil, Hopi vases that held corn, are put in museums but you know they were made to be used. The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is real. Marge Piercy, "To Be of Use" http://287.hyperlib.sjsu.edu/mollymckinney/2014/02/09/a-story-about-a-girl-who-does-stuff/ flic.kr I shot this scene on a whim in the whee hours a few minutes from dawn along a dark county road between Jamestown and Chinese camp along California highway 49. The landscape is full of rolling valleys and hills leading up to the Sierra Nevada mountains to the east. As I pulled over I noticed this fence and the tall dry grass that surrounded it and just as luck would have it the bright center of the Milky Way was almost perfectly aligned in formation behind the fence mimicking the angle of the fence posts. I love being able to capture a scene as it unfolds before my eyes. Within a few moments dawn was on the horizon and the Milky Way disappeared in the blue light of dawn. If you get a chance to gaze the Milky Way consider yourself lucky because light pollution is destroying our dark skies and gradually degrading views of this majestic ribbon in the sky. As you may notice in the image the presence of an orange glow along the horizon. This glow is from light pollution from the towns Oakdale, Modesto, and Merced, Ca. I would love to see more done to prevent light pollution so I can create more amazing images of the night sky. Thanks for Stopping by please feel free to comment or critique my work.
"Stories are told in a human voice." (Weinberger, 2001) For Mercy has a human heart Pity, a human face: And Love, the human form divine, And Peace, the human dress. Then every man of every clime, That prays in his distress, Prays to the human form divine Love Mercy Pity Peace. William Blake, "The Divine Image" flic.kr It's just fireworks, but I think it looks like a nebula :)
"Geography doesn't matter anymore." (Stephens, 2014) The earth changes The way we speak to each other has changed As for a long while we stood in a hall full of exits Listening for a landscape beyond us Joanna Klink, "Auroras" flic.kr Editor's note: Who says it isn't easy being green? The aurora borealis makes it look pretty effortless! Posted to the NASA Views Earth at Night photoset: www.flickr.com/photos/28634332@N05/sets/72157625188331491/ This is one of a series of photos showing Aurora Borealis as photographed by one of the Expedition 30 crew members onboard the International Space Station from approximately 240 miles above Earth on Jan. 25, 2012. Image credit: NASA Original image: spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/station/crew-30/html/... More about space station research: www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/index.html There's a Flickr group about Space Station Research. Please feel welcome to join! www.flickr.com/groups/stationscience/ View more than 400 photos like this in the "NASA Earth Images" Flickr photoset: www.flickr.com/photos/28634332@N05/ _____________________________________________ These official NASA photographs are being made available for publication by news organizations and/or for personal use printing by the subject(s) of the photographs. The photographs may not be used in materials, advertisements, products, or promotions that in any way suggest approval or endorsement by NASA. All Images used must be credited. For information on usage rights please visit: www.nasa.gov/audience/formedia/features/MP_Photo_Guidelin...
"A library like a national park teaches us that we all benefit when our most valuable treasures are held in common." (Morville, 2013)<br><br>The Poets light but Lamps —<br>Themselves — go out —<br>The Wicks they stimulate<br>If vital Light<br><br>Inhere as do the Suns —<br>Each Age a Lens<br>Disseminating their<br>Circumference —<br><br>Emily Dickinson flic.kr thegoldensieve.com Pilgrims in a pine temple Wandering into the silent and bear-black forest, the silvered sliver of a hooking moon set, we filled every silent space with amber-toothed, snarling phantoms and held them at bay with nips of cognac and the click of the shutter. Silhouettes under pearlescent starlight, the big trees are primeval minarets, spires of the oldest and grandest cathedral on Earth. We moved reverently, slowly - pilgrims in a pine temple come in the dark to play witness. Some amongst these trees were old when men lashed Andromeda to the briny rocks and awaited the leviathan. We've filled the interceding centuries with other lambs led to slaughter, and emerging from darkness, discovered her still radiant, shackled to a constellation that is dying in a corner of the sky. Then as now, we are infants amongst giants, in wonder at skies the big trees have seen reel a million times, shades passing in the night. These are the days of miracle and wonder indeed. We headed into the Sierras looking for a winter adventure, hoping for giant, snow-bound sentinels holding winter in great, fragrant handfuls. Instead we found beautiful, unseasonable warmth and clear night skies amongst the carpeted and ancient groves. We came for the snow and found so much more in its absence.</p

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