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When Swarm met Steve :)

Image: Dave Markel Photography

One of the – for me personally – most touching space related messages I received recently was that a group of aurora enthusiasts and atmospheric scientists had spotted a atmospheric phenomenon which didn’t have a name yet. It’s a purple beam of light (directed east – west) which shows up between aurora’s, but has it’s own way of doing things. Initially it was thought to be a proton arc, but they can’t be seen. So it had to be something different. But what was it?
It was seen quite often, but it had not been documented properly yet. Until now.

Based upon a movie called “Over the Hedge“, a group of scientists from the NASA, ESA and the University of Calgary and enthusiasts from the Alberta Aurora Chasers then decided to call it “Steve”.
This could also read as an acronym for “Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement”

The first article that was sent to me was (obvioiusly) from the BBC:
Aurora photographers find new night sky lights and call them Steve

A few days later I learned that Steve was also ‘seen’ by our Swarm satellites: When Swarm met Steve

I guess my friend has found his place in between his sun and other stars :)

A collection of pictures from this known but previously undocumented phenomenon can be found here:

Hey gang, with how popular Steve is right now, Paul made a great suggestion to set up a gallery of everyone's shots of…

Geplaatst door Chris Ratzlaff op zondag 23 april 2017

Let me see the light for as long as I can

It may be a product of getting older, but there are times when I want to stop time.
I want to make the sunsets last just a little longer.
I want the quiet mornings to go on and on, the laughter at the dinner table to stretch out into a whole evening, the beauty of the clouds as they race across the valley to never end. It is not that I want to freeze reality, just slow it down. I want life to move as slow as me. For I have learned that life moves far too fast as it is. It is a joy that endures but briefly, made of moments that pass as quickly as hummingbirds.
Let me linger in the love I feel. Let me see the light for as long as I can.

–Steven Charleston

Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu

For whatever reason, if I hear this music, either be it playing live, or, what happens more and more often these days, when it plays in my mind and I whisper the words…

… if I’m stuck in a traffic jam, I smile and see the things I wouldn’t see whilst driving by on an empty Autobahn.

… when I’m in a hurry, I slow down, stop, to take a breath and let it me work on me, to either change thoughts or give new energy to what I was doing

… The best visible change, for me, is in the work and play I have with my horses. They seem to connect so much more easy with me, having less of a trust issue because I just let things go and smile about my own mistakes. And the beautiful thing is, they come back to me to try again what we were trying to do.

Horse Yin Yang

Horse Yin Yang

It’s the let go, the be happy in whatever is being given and to not expect anything that goes up to higher levels of happiness. If you don’t expect anything, you’ll get back much more than what you’ve ever hoped for*

सर्वेशां स्वस्तिर्भवतु
सर्वेशां शान्तिर्भवतु
सर्वेशां पुर्णंभवतु
सर्वेशां मङ्गलंभवतु

शान्तिः शान्तिः शान्तिः

Sarvesham Svastir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Shantir Bhavatu
Sarvesham Purnam Bhavatu
Sarvesham Mangalam Bhavatu
Shanti Shanti Shanti

May there be happiness in all
May there be peace in all
May there be completeness in all
May there be success in all
Peace, Peace, Peace.

Sarva = everything; Sarvesham≈all/ everything; svastir=health/ well-being; bhavatu=let be, may there be
Shanti = peace
Pūrnam = completeness/ perfection/ fulfillment
Mangalam = success (spiritual success)/ auspiciousness / prosperity

While I tried to translate this into German for a friend, I noticed I ran into the problem that this doesn’t translate easy.

“In all” means both “in everything” as in achievements, goals, but that I didn’t like.
So I tried to find a way to translate it into “for everyone” but I wasn’t happy with that version either. It’s more the “in everything” which means everyone, everything and every living being. The greater “all” is the only thing I could be happy translating it in, but these days that’s also difficult to explain. It’s that I “have” no religion that I can say that for every one that has their own belief, they can address their god(s), for the atheists that they can think or feel whatever they think, and for the rest, including animals, that we are part of one bigger universe that’s still to be discovered.


* – This is true for animals and many children. This is not always true for adult humans, as they sometimes aren’t honest in what they say vs. what they really do. But still, I’ve learned to forgive them, when the time is there. And sometimes I help Karma a little bit.

See also Tina Turner – Nam Myoho Renge Kyo for more on this topic.

Come walk with me through the evening light.

Sunset, Steigerts, Bergstraße, Germany

Come walk with me through the evening light.
Let us talk of those things that matter to us most, the questions we have carried the longest, the visions we have seen, the dreams we still believe in.
Let us laugh at the things we share in common and marvel at our differences.
Let us help one another to discover the great breadth and depth of the spirit world in which we live.
Let us go down paths of thought both familiar and yet always new, questioning why we feel faith the way we do.
Let us trust ourselves to a grace that knows us both and loves the whole wide world.
Come walk with me through mystery, walk through the evening light.

–Steven Charleston