An old star chart showing the constellations as the objects that they represent
A star forming region in the Large Magelllanic Cloud
This image provided by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Tuesday Dec. 15, 2009 shows hundreds of brilliant blue stars wreathed by warm, glowing clouds. The festive portrait is the most detailed view of the largest stellar nursery in our local galactic neighborhood. The massive, young stellar grouping, called R136, is only a few million years old and resides in the 30 Doradus Nebula, a turbulent star-birth region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. There is no known star-forming region in our galaxy as large or as prolific as 30 Doradus.
.... oops... how did this get in here. (Ha!)
"By approaching the night sky with fresh eyes, you become more intimate with the world."
I found the complete article that Ivy quoted from yesterday, because I was so impressed with the part she quoted. Here is a paragraph from that article that captured me again: "If we’re not mindful, intellectual knowledge can easily cloud our direct experience. When we’re guided through life solely by our intellect, by our ideas of what we know, we’re robbed of a sense of discovery. A nonconceptual awareness allows us to approach each moment as fresh and new. A depth of wisdom can arise from such immediacy, and lead to greater wonder about the mysteriousness of life; we may realize just how little we can ever know."
About half way down the page, there's a section called Starry Night, which talks about meditation as a way to cultivate a nonconceptual awareness. Since it's done outdoors, it's probably not a good time to try it, but it is a good example of a way to learn for someone who has never mediated before (and that includes me). STARRY NIGHT