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The Sloan Digital Sky Survey

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey


The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is one of the most ambitious and influential surveys in the history of astronomy. Over eight years of operations (SDSS-I, 2000-2005; SDSS-II, 2005-2008), it obtained deep, multi-color images covering more than a quarter of the sky and created 3-dimensional maps containing more than 930,000 galaxies and more than 120,000 quasars.
SDSS data have been released to the scientific community and the general public in annual increments, with the final public data release from SDSS-II occurring in October 2008. That release, Data Release 7, is available through this website.
Meanwhile, SDSS is continuing with the Third Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS-III), a program of four new surveys using SDSS facilities. SDSS-III began observations in July 2008 and released its first public data as Data Release 8 to emphasize its continuity with previous SDSS releases. SDSS-III will continue operating and releasing data through 2014.
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O PRIMEIRO DEVER PRESCRITO

O primeiro dever prescrito por Deus a Seus servos é o reconhecimento dAquele que é o Alvorecer de Sua Revelação e a Fonte de Suas leis, Aquele que representa a Deidade tanto no Reino de Sua Causa como no mundo da criação. Quem cumpre esse dever atinge todo o bem, e quem dele se priva conta-se entre os extraviados, mesmo que seja o autor de todos os atos retos. Cumpre a cada um que alcança esse mais sublime grau, esse ápice de transcendente glória, observar todos os mandamentos dAquele que é o Desejo do mundo. Esses deveres gêmeos são inseparáveis. Um não é aceitável sem o outro. Assim decretou Aquele que é o Manancial da inspiração divina.


Aqueles que Deus dotou de discernimento prontamente reconhecerão que os preceitos por Ele estabelecidos constituem os instrumentos supremos para a manutenção da ordem no mundo e a segurança de seus povos. Quem deles se desvia conta-se entre os abjetos e insensatos. Verdadeiramente, Nós vos ordenamos resistir aos ditames das vossas más paixões e des…

Prayer for the Dead

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My laws appear like the sun in the heaven of Mine utterance

Everything that is hath come to be through His irresistible decree. Whenever My laws appear like the sun in the heaven of Mine utterance, they must be faithfully obeyed by all, though My decree be such as to cause the heaven of every religion to be cleft asunder. He doeth what He pleaseth. He chooseth, and none may question His choice. Whatsoever He, the Well-Beloved, ordaineth, the same is, verily, beloved. To this He Who is the Lord of all creation beareth Me witness. Whoso hath inhaled the sweet fragrance of the All-Merciful, and recognized the Source of this utterance, will welcome with his own eyes the shafts of the enemy, that he may establish the truth of the laws of God amongst men. Well is it with him that hath turned thereunto, and apprehended the meaning of His decisive decree.

obligatory prayer

We have enjoined obligatory prayer upon you, with nine rak'ahs, to be offered at noon and in the morning and the evening unto God, the Revealer of Verses. We have relieved you of a greater number, as a command in the Book of God. He, verily, is the Ordainer, the Omnipotent, the Unrestrained. When ye desire to perform this prayer, turn ye towards the Court of My Most Holy Presence, this Hallowed Spot that God hath made the Centre round which circle the Concourse on High, and which He hath decreed to be the Point of Adoration for the denizens of the Cities of Eternity, and the Source of Command unto all that are in heaven and on earth; and when the Sun of Truth and Utterance shall set, turn your faces towards the Spot that We have ordained for you. He, verily, is Almighty and Omniscient.

unsealed the choice Wine

Think not that We have revealed unto you a mere code of laws. Nay, rather, We have unsealed the choice Wine with the fingers of might and power. To this beareth witness that which the Pen of Revelation hath revealed. Meditate upon this, O men of insight!

the sweet-smelling savour of My garment

Say: From My laws the sweet-smelling savour of My garment can be smelled, and by their aid the standards of Victory will be planted upon the highest peaks. The Tongue of My power hath, from the heaven of My omnipotent glory, addressed to My creation these words: "Observe My commandments, for the love of My beauty." Happy is the lover that hath inhaled the divine fragrance of his Best-Beloved from these words, laden with the perfume of a grace which no tongue can describe. By My life! He who hath drunk the choice wine of fairness from the hands of My bountiful favour will circle around My commandments that shine above the Dayspring of My creation.

O ye peoples of the world!

O ye peoples of the world! Know assuredly that My commandments are the lamps of My loving providence among My servants, and the keys of My mercy for My creatures. Thus hath it been sent down from the heaven of the Will of your Lord, the Lord of Revelation. Were any man to taste the sweetness of the words which the lips of the All-Merciful have willed to utter, he would, though the treasures of the earth be in his possession, renounce them one and all, that he might vindicate the truth of even one of His commandments, shining above the Dayspring of His bountiful care and loving-kindness.