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"This bubble of ionized gas and warm dust, called RCW 79, lies in the southern Milky Way. ... [NASA's telescopes] have found at least three generations of stars forming in this expanding envelope." (NASA)

Young Stars In Formation

by Claire O'Neill
Dec 17, 2012

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Somehow, it still doesn't feel right to move on with daily business. Does anyone else share the feeling that nothing feels appropriate after Friday's events? I know I spent much of this weekend away from my news feed, looking to the sky for answers. I did listen to one podcast, in which an astrophysicist discussed the old notion that we come from stars. And maybe that's where we eventually return.

Today, some words from last night's address by President Obama. And some photos of young stars forming, via NASA.

"Why are we here? What gives our life meaning? What gives our acts purpose? We know our time on this Earth is fleeting. We know that we will each have our share of pleasure and pain; that even after we chase after some earthly goal, whether it's wealth or power or fame, or just simple comfort, we will, in some fashion, fall short of what we had hoped. We know that no matter how good our intentions, we will all stumble sometimes, in some way. We will make mistakes, we will experience hardships. And even when we're trying to do the right thing, we know that much of our time will be spent groping through the darkness, so often unable to discern God's heavenly plans."

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