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Hair-crested Drongo

14/02/2017 19:20

Here is the first fruitful outcome of my birding adventure...

In my recent visit to VBO Kavalur I sighted a pair of Hair-crested Drongo. (a rare bird species in TN, India sighted after 1993).

The last and only known sighting of this bird in this region (TN State SE part of India) according to eBird, was back in 1993 near (Jamunamarathur Amirthi Forest). 
My recent sighting on 4th Feb 2017 from Kavalur, just got confirmed on eBird (of course with the photographic evidence).

Immediately after my observation, another sighting is reported by another observer near Salem, IN-TN on 9th Feb 2017.

Thanks to: Mayuresh SarpotdarJoice Mathew

“The Essence of a Friend”

29/12/2016 11:11
"The language of friendship is not words but meanings."
-- Henry David Thoreau
Have you ever considered what your life would be like without a friend?  When I think about the few people I am privileged to regard in such a way, I realize how lucky I am to have them and how irreplaceable they are.  During a recent misunderstanding, I feared the loss of someone’s friendship.  This painful thought caused me to reflect on what a true friend really means, to me.
 True friends are like gold—solid, rare, and valuable.  I am very fortunate to have wonderful friends in my life, and I treasure them.  I can depend on them for anything, but I don’t take them for granted.  A friend is a special person who cares enough to be there when I need him and who knows that I will do my very best to support him, in return.  Whether I need a good chili recipe or some advice about a romantic involvement, a good friend will not be too busy or apathetic with my concerns.  A friendship lasts forever, and there is no bond that is stronger or more meaningful.
 A good friend doesn’t mind if I relax and be myself.  He may bring out the best in me or allow me to show off my worst, without conditions.  We can talk about anything, from world issues to the weather, from problems that concern us to the various uses and definitions of pasta.  I can be intelligent or stupid, intimate or aloof, passionate or vague about something, without fearing judgment.  I can confide my deepest fears or share my greatest triumphs, without hesitation or fear of misinterpretation.  We are able to discuss things and find a happy medium or at least agree to disagree.  A good friend allows me to be me.
 .  One of the most important meanings of friendship, to me, is the certainty that two people will be honest with each other.  A solid friendship requires honesty. Honesty fosters understanding and respect, and there is no friendship without these key elements.  If the price of honesty is high, I will still gladly pay it—its high price reaps generous rewards.  There is no substitute for having someone who will stick by my side, no matter what. He can tell me I’m wrong, or I misunderstood, or I need to improve certain weaknesses in my life, and I will trust that he offers these observations, without malice, and that I know he means them, with the intent to help.  This freedom to be truthful must go both ways.  Words might fly, but the realization that two people care enough about each other to be honest is worth it.
 When friends are honest with each other, it sometimes hurts.  A good friendship trusts that two people will forgive each other, time and again, and get past their differences.  True friendships are not fragile; they bend but don’t break.  Misunderstandings may occur, as do mistakes and bruised feelings.  We are all only human, after all, and we all have the capacity to hurt and be hurt.  A wise man once said, “Our conflicts do not define us, but how we respond to them.” A friend is willing to take steps to erase that hurt.  True friends are willing to learn from their mistakes.
 A friendship is a vault of sympathy, an investment in the human spirit, which cushions the losses in our lives.  If we are suffering a death or disappointment, if we are angry or confused, a good friend means someone who is there to listen and offer advice, if necessary.  There is no feeling so warm, no satisfaction so great, as that which I feel when comforting a friend
 Good friends like to share things—not money or possessions, but share their time and attention, companionship and conversation, knowledge and experiences.  Friendships need some common interests, if they are to last.  From these, we share meaningful experiences and forge fond memories.  Only true friends can ever be lifelong partners. 
 A friend is someone who will laugh with you when the rest of the world seems too serious. 
Friends are trustworthy and careful with a confidence.  They don’t gossip; they know how to keep secrets.  They are loyal and defend each other’s honor.
A best friendship is important to me.  It enriches my life in so many ways.  Sometimes, however, a friendship that I thought held a lasting significance ends.  This parting hurts deeply, especially if the reasons for its demise aren’t clear.  The experience makes me realize that this person who hurt me was never my friend, after all.  A best friend means someone who won’t disappear from my life, without cause or warning.
 A lasting friendship is an emotional savings account that is balanced with loving care, tendered with honesty, and credited with understanding.  The interest from friends’ deposits of time and attention grows into strong, healthy bonds between two people who like and respect each other—two people who share the wealth of their friendship, through conversations and activities.  Though time constraints or distance may separate a friendship, true friends will be friends forever.
 
(Essay originally published in the Door County Advocate, a Gannett publication, on October 14, 2003)
 
Image: A Tale of Two Friends by Prasanna Deshmukh
 
 
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REF:http://jkezo.s3-solutions.net/writi... “The Essence of a Friend”
"The language of friendship is not words but meanings."
-- Henry David Thoreau
 
 
A Tale of Two Friends
Have you ever considered what your life would be like without a friend?  When I think about the few people I am privileged to regard in such a way, I realize how lucky I am to have them and how irreplaceable they are.  During a recent misunderstanding, I feared the loss of someone’s friendship.  This painful thought caused me to reflect on what a true friend really means, to me.
 True friends are like gold—solid, rare, and valuable.  I am very fortunate to have wonderful friends in my life, and I treasure them.  I can depend on them for anything, but I don’t take them for granted.  A friend is a special person who cares enough to be there when I need him and who knows that I will do my very best to support him, in return.  Whether I need a good chili recipe or some advice about a romantic involvement, a good friend will not be too busy or apathetic with my concerns.  A friendship lasts forever, and there is no bond that is stronger or more meaningful.
 A good friend doesn’t mind if I relax and be myself.  He may bring out the best in me or allow me to show off my worst, without conditions.  We can talk about anything, from world issues to the weather, from problems that concern us to the various uses and definitions of pasta.  I can be intelligent or stupid, intimate or aloof, passionate or vague about something, without fearing judgment.  I can confide my deepest fears or share my greatest triumphs, without hesitation or fear of misinterpretation.  We are able to discuss things and find a happy medium or at least agree to disagree.  A good friend allows me to be me.
 .  One of the most important meanings of friendship, to me, is the certainty that two people will be honest with each other.  A solid friendship requires honesty. Honesty fosters understanding and respect, and there is no friendship without these key elements.  If the price of honesty is high, I will still gladly pay it—its high price reaps generous rewards.  There is no substitute for having someone who will stick by my side, no matter what. He can tell me I’m wrong, or I misunderstood, or I need to improve certain weaknesses in my life, and I will trust that he offers these observations, without malice, and that I know he means them, with the intent to help.  This freedom to be truthful must go both ways.  Words might fly, but the realization that two people care enough about each other to be honest is worth it.
 When friends are honest with each other, it sometimes hurts.  A good friendship trusts that two people will forgive each other, time and again, and get past their differences.  True friendships are not fragile; they bend but don’t break.  Misunderstandings may occur, as do mistakes and bruised feelings.  We are all only human, after all, and we all have the capacity to hurt and be hurt.  A wise man once said, “Our conflicts do not define us, but how we respond to them.” A friend is willing to take steps to erase that hurt.  True friends are willing to learn from their mistakes.
 A friendship is a vault of sympathy, an investment in the human spirit, which cushions the losses in our lives.  If we are suffering a death or disappointment, if we are angry or confused, a good friend means someone who is there to listen and offer advice, if necessary.  There is no feeling so warm, no satisfaction so great, as that which I feel when comforting a friend
 Good friends like to share things—not money or possessions, but share their time and attention, companionship and conversation, knowledge and experiences.  Friendships need some common interests, if they are to last.  From these, we share meaningful experiences and forge fond memories.  Only true friends can ever be lifelong partners. 
 A friend is someone who will laugh with you when the rest of the world seems too serious. 
Friends are trustworthy and careful with a confidence.  They don’t gossip; they know how to keep secrets.  They are loyal and defend each other’s honor.
A best friendship is important to me.  It enriches my life in so many ways.  Sometimes, however, a friendship that I thought held a lasting significance ends.  This parting hurts deeply, especially if the reasons for its demise aren’t clear.  The experience makes me realize that this person who hurt me was never my friend, after all.  A best friend means someone who won’t disappear from my life, without cause or warning.
 A lasting friendship is an emotional savings account that is balanced with loving care, tendered with honesty, and credited with understanding.  The interest from friends’ deposits of time and attention grows into strong, healthy bonds between two people who like and respect each other—two people who share the wealth of their friendship, through conversations and activities.  Though time constraints or distance may separate a friendship, true friends will be friends forever.
(Essay originally published in the Door County Advocate, a Gannett publication, on October 14, 2003)
REF:http://jkezo.s3-solutions.net/writi...

Auguries of Innocence.... William Blake

25/12/2012 11:16

To see a world in a grain of sand
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.


A robin redbreast in a cage
Puts all heaven in a rage.

A dove-house fill'd with doves and pigeons
Shudders hell thro' all its regions.
A dog starv'd at his master's gate
Predicts the ruin of the state.

A horse misused upon the road
Calls to heaven for human blood.
Each outcry of the hunted hare
A fibre from the brain does tear.

A skylark wounded in the wing,
A cherubim does cease to sing.
The game-cock clipt and arm'd for fight
Does the rising sun affright.

Every wolf's and lion's howl
Raises from hell a human soul.

The wild deer, wand'ring here and there,
Keeps the human soul from care.
The lamb misus'd breeds public strife,
And yet forgives the butcher's knife.

The bat that flits at close of eve
Has left the brain that won't believe.
The owl that calls upon the night
Speaks the unbeliever's fright.

He who shall hurt the little wren
Shall never be belov'd by men.
He who the ox to wrath has mov'd
Shall never be by woman lov'd.

The wanton boy that kills the fly
Shall feel the spider's enmity.
He who torments the chafer's sprite
Weaves a bower in endless night.

The caterpillar on the leaf
Repeats to thee thy mother's grief.
Kill not the moth nor butterfly,
For the last judgement draweth nigh.

He who shall train the horse to war
Shall never pass the polar bar.
The beggar's dog and widow's cat,
Feed them and thou wilt grow fat.

The gnat that sings his summer's song
Poison gets from slander's tongue.
The poison of the snake and newt
Is the sweat of envy's foot.

The poison of the honey bee
Is the artist's jealousy.

The prince's robes and beggar's rags
Are toadstools on the miser's bags.
A truth that's told with bad intent
Beats all the lies you can invent.

It is right it should be so;
Man was made for joy and woe;
And when this we rightly know,
Thro' the world we safely go.

Joy and woe are woven fine,
A clothing for the soul divine.
Under every grief and pine
Runs a joy with silken twine.

The babe is more than swaddling bands;
Every farmer understands.
Every tear from every eye
Becomes a babe in eternity;

This is caught by females bright,
And return'd to its own delight.
The bleat, the bark, bellow, and roar,
Are waves that beat on heaven's shore.

The babe that weeps the rod beneath
Writes revenge in realms of death.
The beggar's rags, fluttering in air,
Does to rags the heavens tear.

The soldier, arm'd with sword and gun,
Palsied strikes the summer's sun.
The poor man's farthing is worth more
Than all the gold on Afric's shore.

One mite wrung from the lab'rer's hands
Shall buy and sell the miser's lands;
Or, if protected from on high,
Does that whole nation sell and buy.

He who mocks the infant's faith
Shall be mock'd in age and death.
He who shall teach the child to doubt
The rotting grave shall ne'er get out.

He who respects the infant's faith
Triumphs over hell and death.
The child's toys and the old man's reasons
Are the fruits of the two seasons.

The questioner, who sits so sly,
Shall never know how to reply.
He who replies to words of doubt
Doth put the light of knowledge out.

The strongest poison ever known
Came from Caesar's laurel crown.
Nought can deform the human race
Like to the armour's iron brace.

When gold and gems adorn the plow,
To peaceful arts shall envy bow.
A riddle, or the cricket's cry,
Is to doubt a fit reply.

The emmet's inch and eagle's mile
Make lame philosophy to smile.
He who doubts from what he sees
Will ne'er believe, do what you please.

If the sun and moon should doubt,
They'd immediately go out.
To be in a passion you good may do,
But no good if a passion is in you.

The whore and gambler, by the state
Licensed, build that nation's fate.
The harlot's cry from street to street
Shall weave old England's winding-sheet.

The winner's shout, the loser's curse,
Dance before dead England's hearse.

Every night and every morn
Some to misery are born,
Every morn and every night
Some are born to sweet delight.

Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.

We are led to believe a lie
When we see not thro' the eye,
Which was born in a night to perish in a night,
When the soul slept in beams of light.

God appears, and God is light,
To those poor souls who dwell in night;
But does a human form display
To those who dwell in realms of day.

By: William Blake

Ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auguries_of_Innocence

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse of 28 Nov 2012

25/11/2012 11:46

 

        The last lunar eclipse of 2012 is a deep penumbral eclipse with a magnitude of 0.9155 ( For comparison full moon has magnitude of -13 which can be seen at the end of this eclipse). It should be easily visible to the naked eye as a dusky shading in the northern half of the Moon. The times of the major phases are listed below (Indian timings in bracket).

                                                                 Penumbral Eclipse Begins:    12:14:58 UT        (05:44 pm)

                                                                 Greatest Eclipse:                        14:33:00 UT        (08:03 pm)

                                                                 Penumbral Eclipse Ends:        16:51:02 UT        (10:21 pm)

        Note that the beginning and end of a penumbral eclipse are not visible to the eye. In fact, no shading can be detected until about 2/3 of the Moon's disk is immersed in the penumbra. This would put the period of eclipse visibility from approximately 14:00 to 15:00 UT. Keep in mind that this is only an estimate. Atmospheric conditions and the observer's visual acuity are important factors to consider. An interesting exercise is to note when penumbral shading is first and last seen.

 

            Figure shows the path of the Moon through the penumbra as well as a map of Earth showing the regions of eclipse visibility. Eastern Canada and  the USA will miss the eclipse entirely since it begins after moonset. Observers in western Canada and the USA will have the best views with moonset occurring sometime after mid-eclipse. To catch the entire event, one must be in Alaska, Hawaii, Australia, or East Asia (including India).

   

            The November 28 penumbral lunar eclipse is the 11th member of Saros 145, a series of 71 eclipses in the following sequence: 18 penumbral, 10 partial, 15 total, 20 partial, and 8 penumbral lunar eclipses (Espenak and Meeus, 2009).

 

Visibility of Eclipse from India

Vellore:

Event

Time in Vellore

Direction

Altitude

Comments

Penumbral eclipse begins

28 Nov, 17:47

70°

1.8°

The Earth's penumbra start touching the Moon's face.
Moon close to horizon, so make sure you have free sight

to East-northeast.

Maximum Eclipse

28 Nov, 20:03

74°

32.2°

Moon is closest to the center of the shadow.

Penumbral Eclipse ends

28 Nov, 22:19

70°

63.2°

The Earth's penumbra ends.

 

Bangalore:

Event

Time in Bangalore

Direction

Altitude

Comments

Penumbral eclipse begins

28 Nov, 17:47

69°

0.5°

The Earth's penumbra start touching the Moon's face.
Moon close to horizon, recommend going to a high point.

Maximum Eclipse

28 Nov, 20:03

74°

30.7°

Moon is closest to the center of the shadow.

Penumbral Eclipse ends

28 Nov, 22:19

70°

61.8°

The Earth's penumbra ends.

 

Kolkata:

Event

Time in Kolkata

Direction

Altitude

Comments

Penumbral eclipse begins

28 Nov, 17:47

73°

13.0°

The Earth's penumbra start touching the Moon's face.

Maximum Eclipse

28 Nov, 20:03

83°

42.9°

Moon is closest to the center of the shadow.

Penumbral Eclipse ends

28 Nov, 22:19

94°

73.6°

The Earth's penumbra ends.

 

Mumbai:

Event

Time in Mumbai

Direction

Altitude

Comments

Penumbral eclipse begins

28 Nov, 17:47

68°

1.1° below

Under horizon

Moonrise

28 Nov, 17:54

69°

0.0° below

Under horizon

Maximum Eclipse

28 Nov, 20:03

76°

27.8°

Moon is closest to the center of the shadow.

Penumbral Eclipse ends

28 Nov, 22:19

81°

58.7°

The Earth's penumbra ends.

 

Sangli:

Event

Time in Sangli

Direction

Altitude

Comments

Penumbral eclipse begins

28 Nov, 17:47

69°

0.5° below

Under horizon

Moonrise

28 Nov, 17:50

69°

0.0° below

Under horizon

Maximum Eclipse

28 Nov, 20:03

76°

28.9°

Moon is closest to the center of the shadow.

Penumbral Eclipse ends

28 Nov, 22:19

78°

60.0°

The Earth's penumbra ends.

 

 

My Observation :

Click here for more details

 

Reference:

http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html

http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/india

Also see: LELIO v3.0

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Jaya Hey - Victory for ever to YOU...!!!

01/09/2012 16:35

You The ruler of our minds, Our nation;
For you Our humble salutations.
You the custodian of so many;
You the guardian of India's destiny.

Through Punjab & Sindh, Gujrat & Maratha; Dravida, Utkala & Bengal;
across lofty cress & mellow leas of Vindhyas & Himalayas;
Your name awakens, one & all.
It rests upon the melodies of Yamuna & Ganga in harmony;

& swells the waves of the titanic sea, your blessing we seek.
Your praise replicates you, as the protector of Indian fate
Jaya hey, jaya hey, jaya hey;
Victory forever to you.


You calls us to unite day & night;
Hindus & Buddhists, Jains & Sikhs, Parsies & Muslims & Christians meek.
from east & west , through your thorn above;

we move to wave a garland of love.
You bond the heart of so many;

You the guardian of India's destiny.
Jaya hey jaya hey jaya hey;
Victory forever to you.


Through rugged paths that raise & fall;
Your pilgrim that traverse them all;
O charioteer, the roar of your wheels;
Echo day & night, on the trail we thread.

The clarion call of your sacred conch;
saves us from riot, despair & dread.
You the Journeymen's steadfast mate;
You the shield of India's fate.
Jaya hey, jaya hey, jaya hey;
Victory forever to You.


When the night was dark & utterly bleak;
when our land lay sick in a fevered swoon.
O loving Mother, you held us close & shielded us from time morose.
Your lowered but ever-watchful eyes,

so pure, so saint fully sanctified;
granted us your special boon.
You the remover of all agony;
you the guardian of our destiny.
Jaya hey, jaya hey, jaya hey;
Victory forever to you.


The darkness of the night is done;
now watch the glory of the raising sun.
Touching the brow of the eastern hills;
the song of birds, the auspecious breeze, pour their portion to forever seize our heart;

as India wakes to meet the sanctity of the blessed feet.
You the lord of mighty lords;
Your glory we shall forever applaud.
The remover of all agony; the guardian of our destiny.
Jaya hey, jaya hey, jaya hey;
Victory forever to you.



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By:

Rabindranath Tagore

 

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Total Lunar Eclipse 10 December, 2011.... The Grace....!!!

04/12/2011 00:00

The last eclipse of 2011 is a total lunar eclipse that takes place at the Moon's descending node in eastern Taurus, four days after apogee.

The Moon's orbital trajectory takes it through the southern half of Earth's umbral shadow. Although the eclipse is not central, the total phase still lasts 51 minutes. The Moon's path through Earth's shadows as well as a map illustrating worldwide visibility of the event are shown in Figure .

The timings of the major eclipse phases are listed below.

                                          UT Time                  Indian Time

Penumbral Eclipse Begins:   11:33:32 UT            05:03:32 PM

Partial Eclipse Begins:         12:45:42 UT            06:15:42 PM

Total Eclipse Begins:           14:06:16 UT             07:36:16 PM

Greatest Eclipse:               14:31:49 UT             08:01:49 PM

Total Eclipse Ends:             14:57:24 UT              08:27:49 PM

Partial Eclipse Ends:           16:17:58 UT             09:47:24 PM

Penumbral Eclipse Ends:     17:30:00 UT             11:00:00 PM

 

At the instant of greatest eclipse (14:32 UT) the Moon lies at the zenith in the Pacific Ocean near Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. The umbral eclipse magnitude peaks at 1.1061 as the Moon's centre passes 21.4 arc-minutes south of the shadow axis. The Moon's northern limb is then 6.4 arc-minutes south of the shadows axis and 33.3 arc-minutes from the umbra's edge. In contrast, the Moon's southern limb lays 36.5 arc-minutes from the shadow centre and 3.2 arc-minutes from the southern edge of the umbra. Thus, the northern half of the Moon will appear much darker than the southern half because it lies deeper in the umbra.

Since the Moon samples a large range of umbral depths during totality, its appearance will change dramatically with time. It is difficult to predict the brightness distribution in the umbra, so observers are encouraged to estimate the Danjon value at different times during totality (see Danjon Scale of Lunar Eclipse Brightness). Note that it may also be necessary to assign different Danjon values to different portions of the Moon (i.e., north vs. south).

During totality, the winter constellations are well placed for viewing so a number of bright stars can be used for magnitude comparisons. Aldebaran (mv = +0.87) is 9° to the southwest of the eclipsed Moon, while Betelgeuse (mv = +0.45) is 19° to the southeast, Pollux (mv = +1.16) is 37° east, and Capella (mv = +0.08) is 24° north.

The entire event is visible from Asia and Australia. For North Americans, the eclipse is in progress as the Moon sets with western observers favored by a larger fraction of the eclipse before moonset. Observers throughout Europe and Africa will miss the early eclipse phases because they occur before moonrise. None of the eclipse can be seen from South America or Antarctica.

The December 10 total lunar eclipse is the 23rd member of Saros 135, a series of 71 eclipses occurring in the following order: 9 penumbral, 10 partial, 23 total, 7 partial, and 22 penumbral lunar eclipses. Complete details for Saros 135 can be found at: eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/LEsaros/LEsaros135.html

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DANJON SCALE OF LUNAR ECLIPSE BRIGHTNESS (Fred Espenak)

The Moon's appearance during a total lunar eclipse can vary enormously from one eclipse to the next. Obviously, the geometry of the Moon's path through the umbra plays an important role. Not as apparent is the effect that Earth's atmosphere has on eclipses. Although the physical mass of Earth blocks off all direct sunlight from the umbra, the planet's atmosphere refracts some of the Sun's rays into the shadow. Earth's atmosphere contains varying amounts of water (clouds, mist, precipitation) and solid particles (dust, organic debris, volcanic ash). This material filters and attenuates the sunlight before it's refracted into the umbra. For instance, large or frequent volcanic eruptions dumping huge quantities of ash into the atmosphere are often followed by very dark, red eclipses for several years. Extensive cloud cover along Earth's limb also tends to darken the eclipse by blocking sunlight.

The French astronomer André-Louis Danjon proposed a useful five point scale for evaluating the visual appearance and brightness of the Moon during total lunar eclipses. 'L' values for various luminosities are defined as follows:

     L = 0     Very dark eclipse.
               Moon almost invisible, especially at mid-totality.
 
     L = 1     Dark Eclipse, gray or brownish in coloration.
               Details distinguishable only with difficulty.
 
     L = 2     Deep red or rust-colored eclipse.
               Very dark central shadow, while outer edge of umbra
               is relatively bright.
 
     L = 3     Brick-red eclipse.
               Umbral shadow usually has a bright or yellow rim.
 
     L = 4     Very bright copper-red or orange eclipse.
               Umbral shadow has a bluish, very bright rim.

The assignment of an 'L' value to lunar eclipses is best done with the naked eye, binoculars or a small telescope near the time of mid-totality. It's also useful to examine the Moon's appearance just after the beginning and before the end of totality. The Moon is then near the edge of the shadow and provides an opportunity to assign an 'L' value to the outer umbra. In making any evaluations, you should record both the instrumentation and the time. Also note any variations in color and brightness in different parts of the umbra, as well as the apparent sharpness of the shadow's edge. Pay attention to the visibility of lunar features within the umbra. Notes and sketches made during the eclipse are invaluable in recalling details, events and impressions.

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Past Memories...

Lunar Eclipse 31 Dec, 2009.......... © Prasanna deshmukh

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Total Lunar Eclipse 15 June, 2011.... ( Photos by: Apoorv Thacker)

 

Also See- LELIO v2.0: Click Here

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Pale Blue Dot.... Its the EARTH...!!!

14/11/2011 21:04
From this distant vantage point,the Earth might not seem of any particular interest.
But for us, it's different. Look again at that dot. That's here, that's home, that's us.
On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
—Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot
 

Earth Seen from about 6 billion kilometers (3.7 billion miles), Earth appears as a tiny dot (the blueish-white speck approximately halfway down the brown band to the right) within the darkness of deep space.........

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Some Ideas On How To Make Everyday Life More Joyous & Extra Ordinary.

04/11/2011 23:02

Take time to smell the roses...........
Take a nap on Sunday afternoon..........
Trust in god but lock your car...........
Never deprive anyone of hope,it may be all they have.......
If you see someone without smile,give them one of yours.......
Eat inspiring food,be thankful for every meal.........
Don't take good health for granted.................
Wear outrageous underwear under the most formal business attire........
Enjoy your job and you will never work another day in your life........
Turn to the person next to you and say,"YOU'RE GREAT".......
Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never and find out.....
                                                   T.G.I.T.
                                      Thanks God It's Today!!!!!!!!
Judge your success by the degree to which you are enjoying.......
                     PEACE,HEALTH AND LOVE................
When you lose,don't lose the lesson..............
Be,
      Generous
      Honest
      Romantic.
Live so when your children think of fairness,caring and integrity.......They think of you....
Be gentle with,
                        The earth
                         Others
                        Yourself.......
Never interrupt when someone is complementing you...just take a deep breath and say "THANKS-please tell me more....."
Don't be an A-DULL-T....Allow your children to come out and play...........
Take your dog to obedience school.You will both learn a lot...........
Don't
         Nag.
         Gossip.
         Tailgate.

Say thank you a lot.....
Say please a lot........
Think of the most difficult people you know ...and learn to love them.......
Don't postpone joy.
there is no time like the present to be 'joyous'.
OK,everyone scream with a joy-----------.
Stop blaming others.Take responsibility for every part of your life.......
Never give up on anyone.miracles happen everyday............
Remember the two things that people cannot take away from you;
                                      YOUR DIGNITY.
                                      YOUR BIRTH DATE.
Laugh your head off.seriously,let's laugh our heads off.
OK,let's put our heads back on again..............
Do more than is expected............
and do it cheerfully............
Live life with passion and give others the permission to be and to do the same............
Wake up every morning & say,
" I AM SO HAPPY TO BE ALIVE!"
(even on Mondays.)
Learn to put love into everything u do........
Take care of your soul.........
breathe deeply and often.........
LIFE IS SHORT......
                                 Play Hard.......
                                 Pray Hard.......
Remember that no one can make you feel bad without your permission.....
Attitudes are contagious.....Is your worth catching?
Embrace all your feelings.
and choose what to do with them.......
Be a friend to money......not a slave...........
You will at time forgot this SUGGESTIONS,You can remember anytime you wish............
                                                  Remember to Remember
                                                       Notice and Adjust
                                                       Enjoy the journey...........
                                                       The choice is yours..........
LIFE IS NOT A RACE ,WHATEVER WE WILL THINK THAT WILL HAPPEN SURELY...........


See Video of this on youtube @http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q61t_jrojKQ

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Hum Honge Kaamyab (We Shall Overcome): हम होंगे कामयाब एक दिन

18/10/2011 23:15

A translation of english song 'We shall overcome' by गिरिजाकुमार माथुर............
All of us have heard "हम होंगे कामयाब" innumerable times in India. This song is translation of famous english song 'We shall Overcome' -- a song with origins in early 1900s in America. It became quite famous there during civil rights movement in 1960s. You can find more information about this at Wikipedia . The tune of hindi song is same as that of its english original (I think it's probably one of the most recognized tune in the world).
 

हम होंगे कामयाब,
हम होंगे कामयाब एक दिन
हो हो हो मन मे है विश्वास, पूरा है विश्वास
हम होंगे कामयाब एक दिन
 
हम चलेंगे साथ-साथ
डाल हाथों में हाथ
हम चलेंगे साथ-साथ एक दिन
मन में है विश्वास, पूरा है विश्वास
हम चलेंगे साथ-साथ एक दिन
 
होंगी शांति चारो ओर
होंगी शांति चारो ओर एक दिन
मन में है विश्वास, पूरा है विश्वास
होंगी शांति चारो ओर एक दिन
 
नहीं डर किसी का आज
नहीं डर किसी का आज एक दिन
मन में है विश्वास, पूरा है विश्वास
नहीं डर किसी का आज एक दिन
 
हो हो हो मन में है विश्वास, पूरा है विश्वास
हम होंगे कामयाब एक दिन
 
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Astronomy for a Better World...Message of IAU...

15/09/2011 00:15
 
Dear IAU Members and others interested in contributing to Astronomy for
a Better World.
    

This is to draw your attention to the message from the IAU Office of
Astronomy for Development (OAD) in the latest IAU Information Bulletin.


The OAD is compiling list of potential volunteers willing to contribute to
the IAU capacity building activities described in the IAU Strategic Plan.
Astronomy for the Developing World 2010 – 2020: Building from IYA 2009.
http://iau.org/static/education/strategicplan_091001.pdf


It aims to use astronomy as a tool to stimulate development at all levels
including primary, secondary and tertiary education, science research and
the public understanding of science.


Present and planned activities include:

        #Building Research Capacity and university education
        # Schools for university students
        # Long-term visits to institutes in developing countries
        # Long-term institute twinning
        # Inspirational lectures to students on astronomy and related technologies.
     Astronomy for Schools
        # Teacher training courses
        # Development and translation of educational material for children.
     Astronomy for the Public
        # Inspirational semi-popular lectures on astronomy or related technologies
        # Activities building on IYA2009 including stargazing and engagement with
amateur groups


In addition to participation in the delivery or helping with the
organization of activities there are several general areas in which
volunteer assistance would be valuable, e.g. translation of the OAD
website into several languages.


We are particularly interested in contacting expatriates who are prepared
to help carry out development activities in their countries of origin.
Note that the strategic plan spans a ten-year period. Assessing the number
of potential volunteers, will help us gauge the scale of possible
activities, develop an effective organizational structure to run them and
provide information for fund raising campaigns. We shall gradually
increase the number of volunteers and expand the programmes in line with
funding possibilities.


We would therefore be grateful if you would complete the questionnaire for
potential volunteers at
http://www.astronomyfordevelopment.org/index.php/volunteers.You can also
reach us at info@astro4dev.org specifying as subject: “Call for
Volunteers†or contact us personally.


Very many thanks for your help.


Kevin Govender,
Director: IAU Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD)
kg@astro4dev.org


George Miley
IAU Vice President (Portfolio Development and Education)
Chair, OAD Steering Committee
miley@strw.leidenuniv.nl

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The IAU Global Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD)


The IAU, in partnership with the South African National Research
Foundation, recently established the Office of Astronomy for Development
(OAD) at the SAAO in Cape Town, South Africa. The creation of the OAD is a
significant milestone towards realising the decadal strategic plan
"Astronomy for the Developing World, Building from the IYA2009".


The vision for the OAD is simply expressed by its slogan “Astronomy for
a better world." It aims to use astronomy as a tool to stimulate
development at all levels including primary, secondary and tertiary
education, science research and the public understanding of science.


The OAD currently has two staff members and the search is underway for the
third. We have issued a call for expressions of interest for institutions
to host regional nodes, as well as a call for potential volunteers.
Besides creating regional nodes, the OAD aims to set up three task forces
to focus on (i) university education and research; (ii) young children and
school education; and (iii) public outreach. In December 2011 a workshop
will be held at the OAD for major stakeholders. The OAD will present its
activities and an account of its progress at the IAU General Assembly in
August 2012.

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