Sunday, August 12, 2007

237)Now is the time to go outside to see those Perseid meteor showers and an old friend lives his dream and builds an observatory in his backyard.

Someone took this picture of the the Perseid Meteor Shower on August 11/12 2004:

This year's shower, expected to be most visible over the next few hours in Canadian night skies, must already be well under way since it is just past midnight in eastern Canada. Now would be a good time to go outside and take a good look.

On an aside, a former classmate of mine from the University of Toronto and an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer built a mini-astronomical observatory for himself in his backyard in a suburb of Toronto. A picture of it can be seen on his website at

Most recently he imaged a beautiful picture of the spiral galaxy M81 from his backyard, as shown in this picture:

Other astrophotographs taken by Arun can be seen by clicking on the photoalbum at the bottom of his website. As he descibes on his website he has a remote control next to his bedside. When there is a clear night sky he programs the remote then enjoys a night of pleasant slumber as the powerful telescope in his backyard observatory takes pictures all night and produces a composite picture in the morning to post on his website. Hows that for learning about our Universe(What is it made up of?, How does it operate?) in style. Well done Arun; I'll be keeping my eye on your website. Looking forward to seeing more pictures from you.

Back on Canadian soil(Calgary) after crossing over from Montana, Wyoming and Idaho, U.S.A.

Islam, eminently logical, placing the greatest emphasis on knowledge, purports to understand God's creation:Aga Khan 4(2006)
The God of the Quran is the One whose Ayats(Signs) are the Universe in which we live, move and have our being:Aga Khan 3(1952)
Our interpretation of Islam places enormous value on knowledge. Knowledge is the reflection of faith if it is used properly. Seek out that knowledge and use it properly:Aga Khan 4(2005)
All human beings, by their nature, desire to know(Aristotle, The Metaphysics, a few hundred years BC)