Posts Tagged ‘learning’

Cosmos – My learnings

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

I am watching Carl Sagan COSMOS and this post is in continuation to my earlier one. In this post, I have tried to simplify the mystery of Cosmos, in my language.

1. The space scientists simplified distance measurements by assigning the distance of earth from the sun as one Astronomical Unit (AU), which is equivalent of 150 million Km

2. Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars have clear surfaces while Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune have lots of materials floating.

3. Voyager 1 and 2 were sent to explore Mars, Jupiter and Saturn on 20 August 1977 with a 4-year mission. But it continues till date.

4. The NASA scientists have used the alignment of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, which happens once in 175 years, to launch Voyager.

5. Voyager’s speed is 3.5 AU per year, which means over 500 million Km per year. Voyager 2, weighing 722 KG, consumes only 400 watts for such a speed generated by nuclear source and usage of gravitational force (since it is so far from Sun, it can not use solar power).

6. Voyager 2 is still working after 37 years and sending signals to earth.

7. The current location of Voyager 2 is over 100 AU – 16 billion km and send pictures of interstellar space.

8. Voyager 1 is crossing the helio sheath from north and voyager 2 is moving towards south.

9. With proper conservation of energy, it’s predicted that they can last upto 2025.

10. The initial budget of the project was 865 million dollars. NASA spends just 5 million dollars to sustain this initiative.

Eye on the skies

Eye on the skies


Friday, May 1st, 2015

I was watching a video, created by Carl Sagan, on the cosmos. The videos are depicted beautifully in simple language and visuals, the complexity of COSMOS. There are 7 DVDs.

2 random Questions

1. The diameter of Earth is 12600 Kms. At what speed Earth rotates which we don’t feel?

2. What is a Astronomical Unit?


The Attentive Mind

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Have you ever paid attention to the ringing of the temple bells? Now what do you listen to? To the notes or to the silence between the notes? If there were no silence, would there be notes? And if you listened to silence, would not the notes be more penetrating, of a different quality?

– J Krishnamoorthy



Monday, October 17th, 2011

On the auspicious occasion of the Festival of Lights, I want to share some thoughts that I had penned down – on the Light of Learning.

Learning is synonymous with the word ‘Light’

Light is available so much around us.
It’s available in abundance in nature.
It’s available through human invented bulbs.
It’s available at flick of a button.

Still Why?
Learning is synonymous with the word ‘Light’

Is learning that easy?
Or is it that..

With the Lens of True Learning…
One feels inspired
One feels energized
One feels worthy of something

With the Lens of True Learning…
The Objects around him look brighter and cheerful.
The People around him look brighter and cheerful.
The Whole World around him looks brighter and cheerful.

With the lens of True Learning
I get a strong feeling to distribute my knowledge.
I want to share it with as many people as I can.
I want to change the thinking of the people around me.
I want to change the world as a better place to live!

Do I realize that even if I want to distribute the true Knowledge…
With true intention
With true commitment
I can’t.

Because knowledge can be distributed.
Learning cannot be.

Learning is like lighting your own lamp yourself.
Once lit, it has unlimited fuel, like the  Power of Sun.

Diwali is a reminder for us to attempt lighting that
Light of Learning.

Happy Diwali !


Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Questions are the source of stimulus for the thoughts to activate. In other words questions are internal stimulus similar to external stimulus provided by external mind. Just the way external stimulus sets the mind in motion for actions, the ‘subtle questions’ similarly sets internal thought process in motion.

Question – What is the relation between questions and inspiration?