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February 19, 2016


Hundreds of hidden galaxies spotted behind the Milky Way | Our galaxy is hurtling through space at two million kilometres per hour, inexorably drawn to a mysterious region with a gravitational force equivalent to a million billion Suns. The problem is astronomers'€™ telescopes can'€™t see this so-called "Great Attractor"€ as the Milky Way is blocking the view. And they can'€™t shove the stars and dust aside, nor wait the hundreds of millions of years for our part of the spiral galaxy to swing round to the other side.

Posted by gerardvanderleun at February 19, 2016 11:58 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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‘Soon after dinner I retire, at half past eight am finally back in my cottage. Then before me is the vast blossoming starry night, and below, in front of the window, the gravel path climbs a small hill, upon which, in tremendous silence, a Buddha-portrait rests, in quiet reticence imparting the unsayable containment of his gestures under all the skies of day and night. C’est le centre du monde, I said to Rodin. And then he looks at me so endearingly, in utter friendship. That is very fine and a great deal.’

––Rilke to Clara Rilke-Westhoff, Meudon, 20.09.1905. Rainer Maria Rilke, Auguste Rodin, Der Briefwechsel und andere Dokumente zu Rilkes Begegnung mit Rodin, ed. Rätus Luck (Frankfurt am Main: Insel Verlag, 2001), pp. 111-112.

and a 2nd (partial) translation of:

Buddha in Glory [Rainer Maria Rilke, transl. by Stephen Mitchell]

Center of centers, core of cores, ...
Illuminated in your infinite peace
a billion stars go spinning through the night
blazing high above your head.
But in you is the presence that
will be when all the stars are dead.

Posted by: Stug Guts [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 20, 2016 5:24 PM

Isn't that what drives science and religion? The search for the Great Attractor. The beginning or the end. The thing that separates us from monkeys. Self awareness we have that makes us want to find out where we came from or why we are different from all the other animals.
It is hard to tell these days when you look out the door and see what is waiting. I still question the universe every morning i am able and the weather permitting. A hour or two before daylight with coffee and a chair. Just sit there and watch as the stars turn above me, see the constellations i have know since my Dad pointed them out and named them for me so i wouldn't get lost. i can't explain why or exactly what, but am drawn to it nevertheless.

Posted by: Neither more nor less [TypeKey Profile Page] at February 21, 2016 6:32 AM

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