Monday, September 14, 2009

Hubble ‘n Redmond Visions Of Space

St*r Light Star Bright . . .Tat Twam Asi

Omega Centauri

Photo by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

September 11, 2009 9:49 AM PDT

“Can you count all the stars here? NASA says there are 100,000, all squeezed (relatively speaking) into a small portion of the Omega Centauri star cluster. The yellow-white dots are adult stars powered by hydrogen fusion, the orange ones are late-life stars, and the red giants, which are shedding their gaseous envelopes, are older still.

The brilliant blue dots are stars that have ejected most of their mass and spent much of their hydrogen, and "are desperately trying to extend their lives by fusing helium in their cores," NASA says. "At this stage, they emit much of their light at ultraviolet wavelengths." The faint blue dots are white dwarfs--stars that have run out of helium and are now just burnt-out and have ever cooler cores.

Omega Centauri is among the approximately 200 globular clusters that orbit the Milky Way, and it's one of the most massive, host to nearly 10 million stars. It lies 16,000 light-years away from us.”

Caption by Jonathan Skillings

Barred spiral galaxy

“Astronomers, too, were giddy about Hubble's makeover. "We couldn't be more thrilled with the quality of the images from the new Wide Field Camera 3 and repaired Advanced Camera for Surveys, and the spectra from the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph and the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph," Keith Noll, a team leader at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, said in NASA's press release.

This view of the barred spiral galaxy NGC 6217, located 6 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major, was the first post-repair image of a celestial object taken with Advanced Camera for Surveys.”

Photo by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Caption by Jonathan Skillings

Stephan's Quintet

“The Wide Field Camera 3 captured this still life of Stephan's Quintet, a group of five galaxies. (It's also known as Hickson Compact Group 92.) At the top right is NGC 7319, a barred spiral, and those blue and red specks are clusters of thousands of stars.

At the center are two galaxies that appear from this perspective almost as one, where there's "a frenzy of star birth" going on. (For the record, they're NGC 7318A and NGC 7318B.) At bottom left is NGC 7317, which NASA describes as "a normal-looking elliptical galaxy."

At upper left is the dwarf galaxy NGC 7320, where the blue and pink dots represent bursts of star formation. It's actually much closer to Earth (40 million light-years away) than the other four galaxies here (290 million light-years away, in the constellation Pegasus).”

Photo by NASA, ESA, and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Caption by Jonathan Skillings

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St*r Light Star Bright . . .Tat Twam Asi

I love these mind expanding, world vision imploding, cosmology bending, humanity reorienting photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. The scale in these photos is beyond ordinary comprehension. This is the World. As with the infinitesimal the vast reaches of space can be related to in some stillness. We are that too.

My abstract paintings are often reminiscent of space. It makes sense to me. The same thing moving ‘out’ there is moving ‘here’ on my canvas, is moving me and you.

That moves, that moves not. Know it and then live. This is the walking man. This is sitting at the foot of the cosmic tree, the axis mundi. This is hanging on a cross. The walking man walks, all over this world of Space-Time. Keep on walking.

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24” x 24” x 1/2” acrylic abstract painting by John R. Redmond


24” x 24” x 1/2” acrylic abstract painting by John R. Redmond

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24” x 24” x 1/2” acrylic abstract painting by John R. Redmond

Here are lyrics to a song I wrote a while ago. In Western thought the rose is a symbol for the unfolding universe. The lotus is such a symbol for the East.

A Rose Infinite

We are a rose

Fragile fragrant radiance

Infinite, infinitesimal infinite

All in all, there is no fall

On and on we bloom in awe

On and on we bloom in all

All in all love the call

Drawing us to all in all

We all arose

Of silent pregnant infinite infinite

Silent pregnant emptiness, infinite

We are a rose

Fragile, fragrant radiance

Infinite, infinitesimal infinite


ciao from a wee, sleekit, cowrin, tim'rous beastie

in a little corner of the Milky Way,

John Redmond

Ottawa, Canada


John Redmond Art

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