Thursday, May 20, 2010

Still Uncertain OR Starchild Speaks

The Tarantula Nebula or 30 Doradus located 170,000 light years away in the Large Magellanic Cloud, one of the Milky Way Galaxy's satellite galaxies. This European Space Observatory image was the May 18, 2010 Astronomy Picture of the Day.


I had intended to update this blog tonight but I ended up updating the other one and it's now almost quarter after midnight and I totally have to get to bed. I also don't have a lot of pictures to post.

I'm now worried. I was happier earlier as the job seems to be going well despite my general incompetence and 14-year old-level of EQ maturity in life, I got paid from my contracting job and I can look back and think I survived that way for 15 months (plus the year before when I worked there as a regular employee) and now it is thankfully over.

The same Tarantula Nebula but focused on its central star-forming region. These are among the largest and most massive stars known -- and such giant stars are now thought to play a key role in more general star formation. The above image was the Dec. 11, 2005 APOD.

This is an unusual image in that you are actually seeing individual stars in another galaxy -- albeit a nearby satellite one. This is something you cannot do with even the nearest big galaxy, the Andromeda under normal circumstances.


I'm depressed and worried because ... first I had a crummy rush hour walk home from L'Enfant Plaza ... I deposited aforementioned $880 check at my Bank Ho' America but the ATM reader couldn't read the amount and now I'm worried ... and then I had an unexpected email from my boss on my Yahoo account (I can't access my work account from home, at least not yet) in which it's not clear if she wanted me to do more on one of two assignments. Maybe she's mad at me and my five month "at will" position will just end.

The classic visible (composite) image of the 2 million light year distant M31 Andromeda Galaxy, which along with the Milky Way Galaxy and the attendant satellite galaxies of each form the Local Group. All the individual stars you see in this picture are in our own galaxy -- and essentially in the "foreground." Individual stars in the Andromeda are not visible, only their collective glow.


On the good side, I have been getting in before 9AM for the first three days -- including 8:30AM Monday, 8:37AM Tuesday, and 8:55AM today. I'll try to get in around 8:40AM today. I also have only taken half hour lunches in the depressing mall of the architectural and spiritual agony that is L'Enfant Plaza, so I can actually leave by 5PM, though it has been closer to 5:20PM (and 6:00PM on Monday).

In other words, if you only take a half hour lunch, you actually only have to be "at work" for 8 hours rather than 9 hours if you take an hour lunch.

As it is, today I was moving very slowly on the other assignment.

Here is the exception to the rule of not being able to see a single star in a distant galaxy: A Supernova! This was actually the Dec. 30, 1998 APOD.

For a brief period of a few days / weeks, a supernova can outshine its entire host galaxy.

In this case, it is an image of Supernova 1994D (a Type IA) at the edge of the distant galaxy NGC 4526 located approx. 55 million light years away deeper in the Virgo Cluster that is near the center of the Virgo / Local Supercluster and of which our Local Group is an outlying member.


OK, that's all for now. I'll try to have more down-to-earth pictures in my next entry.



krzysztof said...

if you only take a half hour lunch, you actually only have to be "at work" for 8 hours rather than 9 hours if you take an hour lunch.

That's right! That's how Gary does it:-)

Unknown said...

Richard stay positive. It's always difficult in a new job to under what exactly is expected of you. New employers understand that as well, so just try and communicate as best you can... :)

Chris said...

Actually, I believe Gary gets 9 hours for lunch for a half-hour of work, taken at his leisure.

Congrats on the job, sounds like it is going well despite your over-worrying about nothing.

Regulus said...

Thank you everybody for your comments. Well, I got through day #4. Successful completion of the first five days is the biggie.

Steph -- Thank you for your comments.

I might be meeting Eric M. tomorrow at BB for hh, but I'm not sure.

Chris -- Ha ha

Kristof -- See Chris's comments about Gary's work/lunch hour ratio. He's about right.

So I went to the 5:30PM mass this Thursday. It was very peaceful (and not very crowded) and the ancient priest gave a loud and one of the funniest homilies I ever heard.

Highlights: "... you can't be 'EX-Catholic' anymore than you can be an 'EX-shoe' or an 'EX-Chinese'" ... "Nor can a priest be an 'ex-priest'! All he can be is a priest who doesn't practice anymore ... "and people getting in a huff and leaving the Church BECAUSE there are PED/PH/LE priests and NO WOMEN CLERGY!"

Then he said there were "apostasies" such as living a life of extreme sin or dabbling into another religion.

Then during the "hear our prayer" he said "and hear our prayer for the poor who suffer at the hands of the rich who rape the Earth."

This guy was on a role -- and that request for prayer was a new one to me. He was also about 97 years old. He reminded me of a bit of Bishop Charlie, only older.

Sunlight was streaming in right into the corner where I was seated.

While there, I was hoping you'd be back by next Xmas Eve so we can go there.

krzysztof said...

Oh no! You are going to drag me to that midnight mass thingy again? Remember what happened last time? I felt uncomfortable not to mention drunk, said something about sucking Sa**n's greasy c**k, you got furious at me and who knows what that would have done to our friendship if it weren't for the fact that Cobalt was still open and serving vodka in excessive quantities.

In a way I'm far too Catholic to go to church. It makes me think of nuns and how they flatten their breasts and about St Thomas Aquinas and his UNBELIEVABLY brilliant mind and how, if he lived today, he would base his philosophy on Marx and Foucault and Derrida not on Aristotle and Averroes. Because he was a genius and because Averroes was to the medieval Europe as Hegel and Freud are to us.

Averroes... they would have burnt him at a stake if they had a chance you know. But Thomas was like: "I don't give a shit, that guy had had a point".

I seem to have lost my train of thought.......