Masjid Al Taqwa: 6th Annual Invited Guest Series

first_imgFaith & Religion News Masjid Al Taqwa: 6th Annual Invited Guest Series Article and Photos courtesy of MASJID AL TAQWA Published on Monday, May 6, 2013 | 1:16 pm Community News Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Herbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyDo You Feel Like Hollywood Celebrities All Look A Bit Similar?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img More Cool Stuff Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment The Education Committee of Masjid Al-Taqwa of Altadena and Pasadena will host its 6th Annual Invited Guest Series featuring Joshua Salaam of Native Deen and the Straight P.A.T.H. (Positive Actions Through Harmony) whose music seeks to inspire young people to keep their faith amid the pressure and temptations of daily life at 568 East Mt. Curve Avenue, Altadena.Masjid Al Taqwa needs your help and are in great need of sponsors. Please help in bringing this community together through music that build up the community with positive words of praise.The event will be held at 568 East Mt. Curve Avenue, Altadena, and tickets are $25.00 in advance, $30.00 the day of the concert on May 19 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, you can email [email protected], or call Sister Darrina Abdus-Samad at (626) 529-6204, or Sister Saleemah Mohammad at (626) 840-4740.Masjid Al Taqwa, 2181 N. Lake Ave., Altadena, (626) 398-8392 or visit www.altaqwamasjid.com. 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Hyperfast star was booted from Milky Way

first_imgA hundred million years ago, a triple-star system was traveling through the bustling center of our Milky Way galaxy when it made a life-changing misstep.  The trio wandered too close to the galaxy’s giant black hole, which captured one of the stars and hurled the other two out of the Milky Way.  Adding to the stellar game of musical chairs, the two outbound stars merged to form a super-hot blue star.This story may seem like science fiction, but Harvard astronomers using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope say it is the most likely scenario for a so-called hypervelocity star, known as HE 0437-5439, one of the fastest ever detected.  It’s blazing across space at a speed of 1.6 million miles (2.5 million kilometers) an hour, three times faster than our Sun’s orbital velocity in the Milky Way.Hubble observations now confirm that the stellar speedster hails from the Milky Way’s core, settling some confusion over where it originally called home.  The findings have been published online in The Astrophysical Journal Letters.Most of the roughly 16 known hypervelocity stars, all discovered since 2005, are thought to be exiles from the heart of our galaxy.  But this Hubble result is the first direct observation linking a high-flying star to a galactic center origin.“Using Hubble, we can for the first time trace back to where the star comes from by measuring the star’s direction of motion on the sky.  Its motion points directly from the Milky Way center,” says astronomer Warren Brown of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., a member of the Hubble team that observed the star and the paper’s lead author.  “These exiled stars are rare in the Milky Way’s population of 100 billion stars.  For every 100 million stars in the galaxy lurks one hypervelocity star.”The movements of these unbound stars could reveal the shape of the dark matter distribution surrounding our galaxy.   “Studying these stars could provide more clues about the nature of some of the universe’s unseen mass, and it could help astronomers better understand how galaxies form,” says team leader Oleg Gnedin of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. “Dark matter’s gravitational pull is measured by the shape of the hyperfast stars’ trajectories out of the Milky Way.”The stellar outcast is already cruising in the Milky Way’s distant outskirts, high above the galaxy’s disk, about 200,000 light-years from the center.  By comparison, the diameter of the Milky Way’s disk is approximately 100,000 light-years.  Using Hubble to measure the runaway star’s direction of motion and determine the Milky Way’s core as its starting point, Brown and Gnedin’s team calculated how fast the star had to have been ejected to reach its current location.“The star is traveling at an absurd velocity, twice as much as the star needs to escape the galaxy’s gravitational field,” explains Brown, a hypervelocity star hunter who found the first unbound star in 2005.  “There is no star that travels that quickly under normal circumstances – something exotic has to happen.”There’s another twist to this story.  Based on the speed and position of HE 0437-5439, the star would have to be 100 million years old to have journeyed from the Milky Way’s core. Yet its mass – nine times that of our Sun – and blue color mean that it should have burned out after only 20 million years – far shorter than the transit time it took to get to its current location.  The most likely explanation for the star’s blue color and extreme speed is that it was part of a triple-star system that was involved in a gravitational billiard-ball game with the galaxy’s monster black hole.  This concept for imparting an escape velocity on stars was first proposed in 1988.  The theory predicted that the Milky Way’s black hole should eject a star about once every 100,000 years.Brown suggests that the triple-star system contained a pair of closely orbiting stars and a third outer member also gravitationally tied to the group.  The black hole pulled the outer star away from the tight binary system.  The doomed star’s momentum was transferred to the stellar twosome, boosting the duo to escape velocity from the galaxy.  As the pair rocketed away, they went on with normal stellar evolution.  The more massive companion evolved more quickly, puffing up to become a red giant.  It enveloped its partner, and the two stars spiraled together, merging into one superstar – a blue straggler.“While the blue straggler story may seem odd, you do see them in the Milky Way, and most stars are in multiple systems,” Brown says.This vagabond star has puzzled astronomers since its discovery in 2005 by the Hamburg/European Southern Observatory sky survey.  Astronomers had proposed two possibilities to solve the age problem. The star either dipped into the Fountain of Youth by becoming a blue straggler, or it was flung out of the Large Magellanic Cloud, a neighboring galaxy.In 2008 a team of astronomers thought they had solved the mystery.  They found a match between the exiled star’s chemical makeup and the characteristics of stars in the Large Magellanic Cloud.  The rogue star’s position also is close to the neighboring galaxy, only 65,000 light-years away.The new Hubble result settles the debate over the star’s birthplace.  Astronomers used the sharp vision of Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys to make two separate observations of the wayward star 3 1/2 years apart.  Team member Jay Anderson of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Md., developed a technique to measure the star’s position relative to each of 11 distant background galaxies, which form a reference frame.The team is trying to determine the homes of four other unbound stars, all located on the fringes of the Milky Way.“We are targeting massive ‘B’ stars, like HE 0437-5439,” says Brown, who has discovered 14 of the 16 known hypervelocity stars.  “These stars shouldn’t live long enough to reach the distant outskirts of the Milky Way, so we shouldn’t expect to find them there.  The density of stars in the outer region is much less than in the core, so we have a better chance to find these unusual objects.”– Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics –last_img read more

Letter to the editor: Hey, USD 353 board. How about a bathroom on 9th Street?

first_imgEditor’s Note: This week I’m turning over the Sunday blog to Richard Rayl. I couldn’t top this letter below…To the board members of Wellington District 353:I must say, I’m pretty irritated about the 9th street ball facility. I go there to watch my grandson play ball and enjoy watching all the kids play, but I don’t know what you as board members are thinking,Why in God’s name can’t you the members have a porter potty and that facility?I think it’s ridiculous that some of the people have to get in their cars and go somewhere else to go to the restroom!There is always a good crowd there supporting the boys playing ball. I can just imagine when all the out of town team’s come to Wellington to play ball at 9th street, They will all probably start bringing a 5 gallon bucket so they can take a leak in the dugout!   I hope all you board members of Wellington School District 353 are very proud in not providing proper facilities for the players and the spectators.SincerelyRichard Rayl Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (16) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down John · 379 weeks ago Lets go Board members. Get this fixed pronto!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a no brainer. Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Peter Dragon · 379 weeks ago That is what the creek and trees are for Richard………. You know that having played all your life in the area. Squatters go under the bridge. Actually it would be nice if they would add bathrooms on the visitors side of the football field and also on that corner and at the tennis courts. They are long over due. Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down hometown boy · 379 weeks ago I would like to know just where all the money that has been taken in at the football field has gone all these years? Cue can you do a story on that. Like what it was spent on. Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Linda Ledesma · 379 weeks ago Well…just an fyi….9th street tennis courts do not have a bathroom facility either but I do not remember anyone ever posting about that. Although I’m sure tennis does not draw the spectators that baseball does so that probably never entered anyone thought process. I would not disagree that a bathroom facility of some sort should be provided. The City of Wellington does provide a portable bathroom at the Wellington skatepark and many of the tennis players/spectators use that port-a-pot. I have had to use the bathroom at sporting events and had to do a little walking to get there so if I have to go I would say….if u need to go…there is a portable bathroom not far from the ball field in 9th Street. Thanks to the City of Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Guest · 379 weeks ago Really. We have a very nice backup facility at 9th street. Everything there was done by volunteers. We have probably the best JV facility in the area and we are complaining about a restroom. Go to Rosé Hill and you have to walk about 1/2 a mile to the restrooms. Eldorado you have to walk about the same distance to the school the walk through the hallways to find one if the building is open. Clearwater is at a park. I have been there when their’s are not open. It will cost a lot of money that we do not have. I would think we would appreciate what we have instead of gripe about what is not perfect. Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down taxpayer · 379 weeks ago It’s about time for local government to use the “pay to play” rules. If you want these facilities then pay for them yourselves. Why make taxpayers pay for your recreational desires? I don’t want my property taxes to pay for this. Maybe you should pay a fee for your kids to play ball. There is nothing “FREE” Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down joblow · 379 weeks ago kids already pay a 25 dollar sports fee at the beginning of the year and babe ruth players pay a fee to play also. Playing ball is not free. there is nothing free as taxpayer said. Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Crusader Fan · 379 weeks ago I think common sence would rule that bathrooms be provided for a nice facility as was built on 9th street. As well as providing a bathroom on the visitors side of the field at the football field along with building a new one on the home side and also one at the tennis courts. It can not cost all that much to put them in if they were done on a volunteer bases. Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down Just me · 379 weeks ago I’m a mom who has missed games because of this. As a handicapped person on crutches, I can get home to my accessible restroom faster than I could schlep to the skate park to use a box that is not made for peoples with disabilities. I think there is something called The Americans With Disabilities Act that says there should be accessibility to restrooms in certain places. Like all of them. Hope no one decides to sue. Report Reply 3 replies · active 379 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Linda Ledesma · 379 weeks ago They have port a pots that are Americans with Disability compliant. Might be something look into. Again regardless of what goes in if anything I’m sure it won’t please everyone. Report Reply 0 replies · active 379 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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