Google pays tribute today (via its name-logo on the home page) to the 20th Anniversary of Hubble Telescope Launch by NASA. Since Hubble is one of my favorite things in this or out of this world I used the anniversary to stare in awe at some of the images of space it has given us.
The one above is Hubble's sharpest view of the Orion Nebula. Click the link for an even stronger magnification than you will see if you click to enlarge here. From the website (emphasis added):
This dramatic image offers a peek inside a cavern of roiling dust and gas where thousands of stars are forming. The image, taken by the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) aboard NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, represents the sharpest view ever taken of this region, called the Orion Nebula. More than 3,000 stars of various sizes appear in this image. Some of them have never been seen in visible light. These stars reside in a dramatic dust-and-gas landscape of plateaus, mountains, and valleys that are reminiscent of the Grand Canyon.
I had been thinking a lot about the Grand Canyon last week and found this most gorgeous shot. Not surprised by synchronicity much at all anymore, it seems to me this blog post took care of itself.
In my first year of sobriety I attended AA meetings and recall people saying, "I've been up in my head all day...for a week...too much lately..." The phrase didn't mean much to me then (probably because I was all up in my head) but I did get the message: that dwelling in the space between my ears -- and not being present in a moment or with a person -- is a sick, selfish, and senseless way to spend my time. It never has been and never will be all about me, me, me or you, you, you.
So this post is published in order to have it to return to the next time I go up there to dwell on the troubled affairs of my daily life or the worries about my security, my future, my this or my that. It will be here for you too, should you need it later. Because there is so, so much more out there besides us.
Grand Canyon by Sebastien Mamy
"I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that." ~ Rick, in CASABLANCA