Wednesday, October 21, 2015

The next generation of telescope discovery

Compensate for Each Other's Differences 

Imagine two people who are very different from each other. This needn't be a source of conflict. Rather, if each one focuses on how to help the other, then the differences between them will actually make their personalities complementary.

Not only will they like each other despite their differences, but rather, because of them. They will even become closer, because their differences provide more opportunities to be of service to each other.

Contrast this to those who focus on what he can take from the other. They will quarrel frequently and eventually end up hating one another.

If only we could make this true with our wonderful Arab neighbors who want us dead. Obviously there are times when it is difficult to make this happen.

Love Yehuda Lave

Although we are done with Parsha Noah, a little fun from a a movie clip (Evan Almighty) about Noah is always OK

Different kinds of Jews-a very interesting clip

Webb Picks Up Where Hubble Telescope Leaves Off

Image: Webb Picks Up Where Hubble Telescope Leaves Off Hubble's view (AP)

By George Will   |   Sunday, 04 Oct 2015 10:15 AM

Twinkling stars are pretty but, for astronomers, problematic. Twinkles are caused by the interference of Earth's atmosphere with light radiating throughout the breathtakingly beautiful and unimaginably violent universe.

In 1990, however, the Hubble telescope went into orbit 370 miles above Earth, beyond the atmospheric filter, peering perhaps 12 billion years into the past, almost to the big bang of 13.7 billion years ago.

It has seen interesting things, including HD 189733b, a planet about 63 light-years (370 trillion miles) away, where winds exceed 4,000 mph and it rains molten glass. As Hubble nears the end of its life, its much more capable successor, the James Webb Space Telescope, named after a former NASA administrator, is being developed at Johns Hopkins University.
The campus has several history departments. Some study humanity's achievements during its existence, which has been barely a blink in cosmic time. Other historians ­ the scientists and engineers of the Space Telescope Science Institute ­ study the origins of everything in order to understand humanity's origins.

In 2018, Webb will be situated 940,000 miles from Earth, orbiting the sun in tandem with Earth, to continue investigating our place in the universe.

Our wee solar system is an infinitesimally small smudge among uncountable billions of galaxies, each with uncountable billions of stars. Our Milky Way galaxy, where we live, probably has 40 billion planets approximately Earth's size.

Looking at the sky through a drinking straw, the spot you see contains 10,000 galaxies. Yet the cosmos is not crowded: If there were just three bees in America, the air would be more congested with bees than space is with stars. Matter, however, is not all that matters.

America's manned moon expeditions ended in 1972, but modern cosmology began with the 1965 discovery that the universe is permeated with background radiation. This, like everything else, is a residue of the big bang that, in a hundredth of a billionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second, set stuff ­ some of it now congealed into galaxies­ flying apart.

The recipe for our biophilic (friendly to life) planet was cooked in the universe's first one-hundredth of a second, at a temperature of a hundred-thousand-million degrees centigrade. Einstein's theory that space is curved by gravity requires a nonstatic universe, expanding or contracting.

With a light-gathering mirror seven times larger than Hubble's, and operating in temperatures of minus 388 degrees Fahrenheit, Webb will gather extraordinarily faint light that has been traveling for billions of years since the big bang.

With Webb looking back in time to a few hundred million years after the explosion, scientists will analyze light for clues concerning the earliest formation of stars, planets, galaxies, and us.

Hubble, which is the size of a school bus, supplies data for more than one-fifth of all scholarly astronomy papers. Webb, which will be the size of a tennis court, will advance knowledge about this stupendous improbability: How did material complexity, then single-cell life, then animals and consciousness emerge from chaos?

Webb will not shed light on two interesting questions: How many universes are there? Is everything the result of a meaningless cosmic sneeze, or of an intentional first cause? Webb will, however, express our species' dignity as curious creatures.

Since Copernicus' great impertinence, displacing Earth and its passengers from the center of the universe, we have learned that "center" is senseless in an expanding universe that has no edge and where space and time are warped.

Our solar system is not even the center of our galaxy. We know neither the conditions when, 4 billion years ago, Earth became home for life, nor the processes that ignited life. But half of the 200 billion stars just in our Milky Way have planetary systems, so a basic question of religion ­ Where did we come from? ­ leads to another: Are we, carbon- and water-based, oxygen-breathing creatures, alone?
Earth revolves around our expiring sun, which is scheduled to burn out in just 5 billion years. At about that time, our Milky Way will collide with the neighboring Andromeda galaxy. This is not apt to end well. Meanwhile, however, the scientist-historians here will try to tickle from the cosmos information for its own sake.

Space exploration began from Cold War imperatives, producing rocketry, intelligence satellites, and national prestige. Webb, which only America could make happen, does not contribute to the nation's defense, but, as its creators say with justifiable pride, it makes the nation all the more worth defending.

George F. Will is one of today's most recognized writers, with more than 450 newspapers, a Newsweek column, and his appearances as a political commentator on Fox news. Read more reports from George Will ­ Click Here Now.

Who and what are the Palestinian People?

Hamas cleric and TV host Sheikh Iyad Abu Funun delivers a sinister message, swearing on the Koran that the entire Land of Israel will be wiped completely clean of all Jews. 

The anti-Israel rhetoric from Hamas and Palestinian leaders has increased and is the main problem responsible for the current wave of terror.

This conflict is not about the 1967 cease-fire lines as many Europeans and Americans, including President Obama, seem to think. This conflict is not about land either as many have been led to believe. Rather, this conflict is about the Palestinian desire to kill every Jew living in Israel.

As such, Hamas is using the increased terror to capitalize on its horrific goal, inciting further terrorism, resulting in additional attacks that have been plaguing Israel.

Perhaps the time has come for Israel to permanently eliminate the threat of Hamas. It is clear that they do not want to make peace with Israel.

See video belowamas Cleric Swears on Koran that Israel will be Wiped Clean of All Jews

And if it happens - (G-d forbid) here is an opinion piece on the result:

If Israel disappears ...   by Mudar Zahran