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Canis Major–Thor’s Helmet Nebula   9 comments

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Thors Helmet-Eso1238aDiscovered in 1975, Thor’s Helmet Nebula/NGC 2359, an emission nebula lies in the constellation of Canis Major (The Great Dog). Composed of cosmic dust and gas it is fashioned by the Wolf-Rayet star, an extremely hot/large, bright star near the core of Thor’s helmet, which arcs through the intergalactic cloud encompassing it.

At a distance in the region of 11.96 thousand light years Thor’s Helmet is believed to be 280,000 times more brilliant than Earth’s Sun and 16 times the mass of the Sun.

NGC_2359,_Thor's_Helmet_(core) Attribution: Jschulman555, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

As its name suggests this nebula has the appearance of the helmet worn by the mythological Norse God of thunder and lightning – Thor, who also boasts a day named in his honour – Thursday. Even by Norse god standards Thor’s Helmet is impressively large in magnitude, spanning a distance of about 30 light-years and resembling an interstellar bubble. The wings wing-styled projections jutting from Thor’s Helmet, are multifaceted strand-like formations. 

(Attribution: European Southern Observatory/B. Bailleul, CC BY 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Page URL: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Eso1238a.jpg )

The interstellar bubble is formed by a stellar wind. And it’s interaction with the interstellar clouds of gas and dust in the region (Molecular clouds), trigger ionising radiation. This is responsible for the Thor’s Helmet nebula’s radiance. It is comparable in disposition to the Bubble Nebula, in the constellation of Cassiopeia.

It is anticipated that in the next few millennia the Wolf-Rayet star, star in the Thor’s Helmet Nebula’s heart will go “supernova” – (spectacular stellar explosion).

(Attribution: Jschulman555, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons                                       Page URL: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:NGC_2359,_Thor%27s_Helmet_(core).jpg )

References:

https://astrobackyard.com/thors-helmet/

https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/astrophotography/nebulae/thors-helmet-nebula/

https://noirlab.edu/public/images/noaoann10014a/

https://science.nasa.gov/thors-helmetThorsHelmCMa-Poster

Tomansion Dimensions (2)   14 comments

Tom's Greek Mansion2

Tomansion Dimensions Part 2,  inspired by and dedicated to my wonderfully imaginative friend, Tom – You can visit Tom’s blog at The Mansionic Perspective and share in the wonders of his blog world, where you can also enjoy his perspective of the trip through The Galactic Vortex – following on from Shifty Mansionic Dimensions on this blog. You can learn all about gargoyles in his post The Winged Lion and the Gargoyle, and enjoy a further fantastic post about Winged Wolves so do check this one out as well – it’s awesome! The Wild Winged Wolves of the Wilderness

“TomAstreaus! This is the Temple of Sopdet – Egyptian goddess of the sky and stars, she personifies Sirius the Dog Star – the Star of the Celestial Wolf. Can you see it? Over there above the Great Pyramid! This is wonderful news – the arrival of Sirius in the sky heralds the approach of New Year and we celebrate with a festival – ‘The Coming of Sopdet.’ See? Those are her symbols, stars and dogs. And there is her statue– isn’t she wonderful?” Adopting a suitably god-like expression of awe and respect Tom studied the portrayal of the goddess Sopdet whilst wondering what a statue of himself might look like. Sopdet in the lofty pointy white coronet of Upper Egypt crowned by a star was very much the Egyptian goddess. The presence of the statue of a Greek god such as himself, possibly minus the hairy legs if Lady TometteNut’s beseeching worked, could surely only serve to enhance her reverent position in the temple!

Adobe_20220511_223739“You know of her TomAstreaus! In Greece she is known as the Greek goddess Sothis and Sirius as Seirios. – the celestial dog in the constellation of Canis Major – the Great Dog and the Guard dog of Orion!”

Prompted by such imagery Tom’s inner poet piped up with a section of Tennyson’s poem, The Princess – “…the fiery Sirius alters hue. And bickers into red and emerald.”

“Sopdet is a Source of great knowledge and power guiding both the heavens and human destiny. TomAstreaus, she is the perfect goddess to beseech to change your destiny! She will surely take pity on you! If not, we will return and give her a little whack!!”

“What?!!”

“Yes, the statues residing within our temple walls are known as temple gods – they are tasked with listening diligently to our beseechings. We bring our requests to the appropriate temple god and they relay our beseechings to the god most suited to dealing with the beseeching. Of course they may decide not to grant the request so on the next visitation to the temple of the gods it maybe that we decide to whack the temple statue with a reed!”

ThomasinAsteria snorted loudly and struggled unsuccessfully to stifle an explosive, irreverent giggling fit. Fingers handed her a convenient to tissue to dry the tears streaming unashamedly down her godly features but that only served to accentuate her irreverent giggles still further. Fingers took matters into his own hand and clamped it firmly over ThomasinAsteria’s mouth succeeding at least partially in stifling her helpless giggles.

“It’s just a little whack – every now and again it is good to demonstrate to the gods how much they have disappointed us! – ThomasinAsteria please control yourself! Surely yourself and TomAstraeus have given your Greek temple gods a small whacking from time to time!“

Tumbling out of the chariot and into the marketplace, they found it to be teeming with Egyptians purchasing everything from medicinal products to amulets, fine perfumes, and jewellery, fruit and vegetables, exotic clothing…. Fingers and Tombie ran off, inexplicably, to investigate the grave goods stand whilst Tommy, the inner werewolf headed eagerly for the dead animals stand. Fingers the easily distracted Inner typist sped off to the papyrus and ink stand accidently taking Tombie’s arm along…ThomasinAsteria and Lady TometteNut were quickly engaged in the rugs and furniture stands, shrieking in wild abandon, over their shoulders – “Such beautiful and refined Egyptian items will look wonderfully becoming, adorning the Mansion-Villa, TomAstraeus!” Temporarily abandoned by his goddesses TomAstreaus was left to investigate the tools stand, the metal and leather goods stands and the salt stand…which was conveniently close to the live animals stand…

“Oh look! The evil wolf gargoyle door knocker – over there – shopping at the spell stand! Maybe it can persuade the Tommy knockers to go back to work…”

“No! Quickly ThomasinAsteria…. Hide before it sees us! Head for the Great pyramid by the river Nile!”

“But the spell to change your destiny TomAstraeus!They are written on very fine papyrus and once they have added your name to the spell, we can chant over it!” 

“Nevermind the spell Lady TometteNut, your beseeching of the goddess Sopdet was more than enough – Now to the chariot! Fingers is waiting and Tombie can get the spell later!”

Holding tight to Tommy, the werewolf, with one hand and Tombie who was hanging off the chariot in a cloud of sand and flying limbs with the other, Tom let off a string of godly expletives and sent out a beseeching of his own to the goddess Sopdet along the lines of could he perhaps survive this wild chariot ride hotly pursued by glowing volcanic pyramid rocks? Fingers was taking his job very seriously and the chariot steeds were careering towards the Great Pyramid with all the finesse of those being hunted by dark creatures from the pits of hell. Glancing at the Seba-symbolled pyramid artifacts scrambling to catch up with them Tom couldn’t help feeling there might be some justification for that.

Oh gods! TomAstreaus – Quickly – you must put on some make-up!”

“Make-up Lady TometteNut? What are you talking about?! I am a god!!”

“Eye make-up TomAstreaus – it is completely normal in Egypt for men and gods to wear make-up -eyes with-out make up are defenceless against the ‘Evil Eye!’ ”

“The Evil – What?!! The Evil Eye? What Evil Eye Lady Tomette?!!”

“There is no time to explain now – Here, put on the eye make-up! Your inner creator and inner make-up artist will guide you in the noble steps involved!”

“It is said” the Tomipedia boomed through the clouds of sand and hieroglyphics “that the Great Pyramid of Giza was built specifically to align with the stars in particular with Sirius, Seirios to you TomAstreaus – the Wolf or the Dog Star.”

“This is the Great Pyramid of Giza?! Oh gods!”

“Yes. And the ancestral home of those fiery volcanic pyramid rocks ThomasinAsteria – the ones about to join you in the Chariot of Fire –“

“Oh gods! Lady TometteNut, help me to catch them! That’s right – hurl them back out as fast as you can!”

Returning its attentions to TomAstreaus who was standing god-like and all-powerful, or so he hoped, to the rear of the bucking Chariot, the Tomipedia turned up its volume and yelled determinedly over the screams of the women and thunder of hooves,

“When you have finished worshipping the Dog Star TomAstreaus…. “ It’s boom was laced with sarcasm but Tom chose to ignore that in a masterful display of godly disdain, “The constellation of Canis major (The Great Dog) not only accommodates the brightest star in the sky – Sirius (The Dog/Wolf Star) but also the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy. We know TomAstreaus of no other galaxy bearing such a close proximity to the Milky Way. Hence the wolf star is also known as the ‘Watchman of the Heavens at the bridge of the Milky Way’

“And the Seba symbol? What else do you know about that?”

“The Seba? Oh that!” Feigning nonchalance the Tomipedia waited casually for Tom to dislodge the Seba-marked volcanic pyramid styled hitch-hiker clinging onto his leg, and toss it back off the chariot.

“Yes Tomipedia. That!”

“Oh TomAstreaus! You are so masterful today!” ThomasinAsteria gushed delightedly over the rising wind and the thundering chariot.

“The Seba,” the Tomipedia paused for dramatic effect, as the chariot swept through the entranceway and into the heart of the Great Pyramid,” is the symbol of the stars – associated with gateways and doors and time….”

“I think we already know that… anything else – that we don’t know?

“It is also connected with the concepts of leadership, self-control, travel, studying, and fresh starts,” the Tomipedia snapped huffily, before adding pointedly, “and it is associated with the Sopdet – Egyptian goddess of the Sky and Stars!”

And the Great Pyramid?”

“- Is a vortex-portal into the Canis major Dwarf Galaxy!”

PSX_20220513_143212“Look TomAstreaus! Over there – amongst the hieroglyphics on the pyramid wall – You have invoked the god of the dog star – Seirios! We must direct our beseechings towards him!”

Tom gave his hairy legs a brief glance simultaneously admiring his physique adorned in his godly Tomga. This didn’t seem an entirely appropriate subject for beseechings at this point. Fingers was driving the chariot of fire like a hand possessed and Tom’s inner werewolf was on the loose again. Tombie lurched after it, but his leg fell off, and the Inner Leader of the Opposition was shouting about the rights of the volcanic pyramid artifacts – currently being hurled out of the chariot and into its complementary flames.

“Your destiny lies ahead of you TomAstraeus, god of the Dusk, the Stars, and the Planets, and of the art of Astronomy and Astrology!” Seirios howled above the noise and chaos.

Yes, I can see that!” Tom yelled as they hurtled ever closer to the swirling eye of the vortex spiralling towards them, accompanied, inexplicably, by the tentacles from the “giant multi-faceted nebula vortex in the (mansion’s) bathroom” that had last been spied stretching down the stairs, which were on the last viewing an Egyptian ramp.

“It is written in ‘The Calendar of lucky and unlucky days’

“This does not strike me as a lucky day Lady TometteNut! “

“We really need that spell!

“We do ThomasinAsteria? Don’t you think it’s a bit late for that now?”

“Look on the bright side TomAstreaus!”

“Seirios -what does ‘The calendar of lucky and unlucky days’ say?”

“That is for you to deduce TomAstreaus – You are the Titan, who fought against Zeus and the Olympian gods!”

An almighty roar shook the Great Pyramid, and for a moment it seemed like the whole of the Canis Major Dwarf Galaxy and the Milky Way, combined into the heart of the vortex. Space and time melted into impossible dimensions, hurling the Chariot of Fire, its gods and goddesses, and all accompanying participants, on a mind-bending trip of carnival lights and shapes, and dancing hieroglyphics. Somewhere up ahead of them, a tiny wolf gargoyle doorknocker held up a sheet of papyrus covered in hieroglyphics –

“It’s all in Egyptian!” ThomasinAsteria screamed, spinning past TomAstraeus, caught in a cosmic whirlwind.

“It says…. ‘To Tom’s!’ “Lady TometteNut yelled as she floated, waving to them.

“That’s it?”

“No TomAstreaus …It also says, ‘Straight ahead to Greece!’ And just below that… ‘To the Canis major Dwarf Galaxy!’”

Adobe_20220513_150416But they’re all pointing in the same direction!!!”

“Oh gods!!! What now?!!”

References:

https://symbolsarchive.com/seba-symbol-history-meaning/

https://www.landofpyramids.org/sothis.htm

https://traveluto.com/famous-landmarks-in-egypt/

www.makeup.lovetoknow.com

www.casorojewelrysafes.com

Tomansion Dimensions (1)   35 comments

Tom's Greek Mansion2

This post is a continuation of the previous one – Shifty Mansionic Dimensions, inspired by and dedicated to my wonderfully imaginative friend, Tom – You can visit Tom’s blog at The Mansionic Perspective and share in the wonders of his blog world, where you can also enjoy his perspective of the trip through The Galactic Vortex – following on from Shifty Mansionic Dimensions on this blog. You can learn all about gargoyles in his post The Winged Lion and the Gargoyle, and enjoy a further fantastic post about Winged Wolves so do check this one out as well – it’s awesome! The Wild Winged Wolves of the Wilderness


Tom was rather ‘pleased to discover that he had taken on the personification of the Greek god of the Stars, or more precisely, of the Dusk, Stars, Planets and the art of Astronomy and Astrology – one of the Titans who had fought against Zeus and the Olympian gods.

“Oh TomAstraeus!” his inner woman Thomasina, gushed delightedly, now personifying the Greek goddess of nocturnal oracles and the stars – Asteria, the starry one. “You are a god! A Greek god no less! And so very becoming in your Tomga!”

Momentarily lost for words, not having realised just how beautiful his inner woman was until now and a little wide-eyed and breathless at the realisation that she was also a Greek goddess, he finally found the right words, “You scrub up pretty good yourself ThomasinAsteria!”

“Fingers,” Tom’s Inner Typist, currently perched on his shoulder, scratched his head thoughtfully, running his fingers appreciatively through Tom’s flowing, golden locks, and pointed downwards to his legs… Tom glanced down and was surprised to see how hairy his legs had become. Following his gaze ThomasinAsteria gasped in admiration/admiringly, adding, “Such a strong and manly god too!”

Fingers fell off Tom’s shoulder and curled up on the ground shaking helplessly – laughing hysterically of course, Tom noted disdainfully. “Do not mock the gods!” he intoned imperiously!

“Oh TomAstraeus!” ThomasinAsteria squealed, bursting with pride at such baritone godly intonations. Ignoring Fingers whose hysterics were clearly getting out of control, Tom smiled indulgently and gave her a knee-tremblingly, strong-god-very-much-in-control-of-his-own-destiny type of look.

Lady Tomette, another of Tom’s inner feminine sides, having taken on the personification of the Egyptian goddess Nut – sky goddess, and goddess of the night, rebirth, and fertility, snorted impishly, eyeing up Tom’s hairy legs. “It’s not your lucky day TomAstraeus! I consulted ‘The calendar of lucky and unlucky days’ and it’s not looking good for you! Come! Let us head down to the marketplace and buy a magic spell or two to change your destiny! I will beseech the gods at the temples (we have over 2000 gods to beseech) and they will surely take pity on you!”

“But I am a god!” Tom protested indignantly.

“Well…yes…of sorts…. But you are not an EGYPTIAN god!!”

“Come TomAstraeus! We will take the Chariot of Fire and go immediately to the marketplace and the temple of the gods!”

“Yes! Hurry Lady TometteNut! There is not a moment to waste! I will call the Tommy Knockers to open the door and Tombie can drive the Chariot for us!” ThomasinAsteria shrieked excitedly.

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“The Tommy knockers are on strike!” Tom’s Inner Leader of the Opposition announced

“Really? They’re all on strike?”

“Yes. We balloted them for strike action and there was a clear majority for striking.”

“They can’t do that! Who’s going to answer the door?!!”

“We’re in Egypt now so no reason why they should be opening doors all day long!” The opposition leader answered smugly.

“Well, where have they gone?!!”

“Into your inner mine TomAstraeus – it’s very busy in there – tommy knockers, glowing volcanic pyramid rocks, that you may have noticed are marked with the sign of Seba, the symbol of the stars. black wolf gargoyle door knockers to guard the entrances…They’re all in there!”

“Oh gods!! The Tommy Knockers are on strike! We must open the doors ourselves! TomAstraeus – you must open the doors for us – it would be very unseemly for a goddess to do so!”

“What! Lady TometteNut? I? TomAstreus the Titan, who fought against Zeus and the Olympian gods? I must open the door?!! Oh gods!”

“Just do it TomAstreaus! We have not a moment to spare and goddesses cannot sully their hands on doorknobs!”

“Fingers! You do it!”

“Oh TomAstraeus,” TomasinAsteria almost swooned at his godly masterfulness.


As Tom had discovered, the Portal in the bathroom of his Mansion was a way INTO his mind not OUT OF his Mansion, which had since taken on an Egyptian persona, and Tom himself, that of a Greek god – proving decisively that Tom was now completely out of his mind. And whilst the “Giant multi-faceted nebula vortex in the bathroom” was still sporting “tentacles stretching down the stairs,” that was now a ramp, there were many other bathrooms scattered around his Egyptian Villa-Mansion. There were also several storerooms full of sealed jars of food, which Tom fondly referred to as “Parlours of the gods”.

The “Grand Staircase” had been replaced by the “Grand Ramp,” ramps being the gold standard in Egyptian homes. Both the front and back doors were also reached by a ramp and since the Tommy Knockers were on strike and the evil wolf gargoyle door knocker had apparently gone to the Market place – according to ThomasinAsteria who had also visited the market place on the hunt for Egyptian make-up products, citing a need to develop a more Egyptian goddess look so as not to be upstaged by Lady TometteNut, Tom should have been free to roam god-like and uninterrupted through his finely adorned Egyptian Villa-Manor. However, it now seemed to be imperative that they must all visit the temple of the gods and pay a visit to the marketplace to buy the necessary spells to change his destiny.

It was at this point that his Inner Werewolf – Tommy woke up and announced its desire to visit “The Grinds” which was now “The Egyptian Grand Garden of the gods.” Tom’s Inner Creator- had been hard at work building and decorating pyramids and tombs for Egyptian Pharaohs, occasionally accompanied by Tom’s Inner Ghost, but when Tom’s inner Opposition Leader got involved, it had soon set to work on decorating the walls of the Villa-Mansion, spicing up the indoor gardens and adding an abundance of brightly coloured fish to the indoor pools, the results of which it was highly impressed with. Even more so the decoration of the outer walls of the The Grinds which was fit for the gods. The Inner Opposition Leader was putting on a show of cockiness, but the Inner Creator was determined to take all the credit. Tombie the Inner Zombie was handy for knocking them off their perch, the only problem being that bits of Tombie were falling off into the laps of the Opposition Party. And the inner creator had accidently pushed Tombie into the fountain used by Egyptian Villa Mansions for natural home air-conditioning, causing him to lose his head and trip over the bathroom pipework and into another vortex in the master bedroom bathroom. This in turn blocked up the pipes and a piece of Tombie’s leg was regurgitated into the Villa-Mansion fountains to the disgust of Thomasina who was posing amongst the daisies and cornflowers of the indoor gardens for a goddess photo shoot, shot by Fingers the inner typist.

Hotly pursued by a variety of glowing volcanic rock artifacts that had materialised at the mention of Chariots and fire, Tom and his goddesses headed for the front door of the Egyptian Villa-Mansion where Tom, not wishing to sully his godly hands on the doorknob any more than the goddesses, opted for grabbing a handy volcanic rock artifact and flinging/hurling it at the doorway. The door flew open at speed not keen on such a collision and the risk of a very unattractive burn on itself. In response the rock billowed and exploded into a glowing pyramid portal adorned with the 5-pointer star of the Seba, symbol of stars, constellations, and star gods, associated with doors and gateways according to his Tomipedia, which he had previously turned off, but which in a fit of huffiness had defiantly switched itself back on.

ThomasinAsteria, keen to exercise her Greek goddess credentials alongside the regular star goddess ones, dived unperturbed into its glowing depths grabbing Tom’s Tomga as she went, and hauling him into a hurtling trip through the portal to land on board the chariot of fire, chased to the marketplace by the glowing volcanic pyramid artifacts.

Sand and pyramids and the River Nile flashed by them, Tom’s smart mansionone snapping the scenes with wild abandon while Tombie lost a leg in the chariot wheels and Tom’s Inner Werewolf – Tommy awoke and gave chase to the glowing volcanic pyramid rocks bouncing cheerily alongside them flashing their Seba symbols whilst giving Tom the non-Egyptian god, the evil eye. Fingers gamely drove the chariot giving little heed to the busy ride as he gave the horses free rein to transport them at the highest speed possible.

Tom couldn’t help but notice the portal seemed to be accompanying them, and that Lady TometteNut was still half in and half out of it waving a volcanic pyramid rock furiously at Tom and the now decapitated Tombie. Tombie grinned and did a quick search for the rest of his body but the legs had already run it off to find some fine Egyptian linen for itself at the marketplace. And Tombie had sand in his eyes so he could no longer see much beyond a pyramid or 2 and what might and might not have been the odd pharaoh. Tom was preoccupied trying to catch his inner werewolf before the world collapsed and after all he was tasked with saving it.

References:

www.souledout.org

www.ancient-origins.net

www.en.m.wikipedia.org

www.galnet.fandom.com

www.egypt.mrdonn.org

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_night_deities

2014 Winter Olympics–Coming Soon to a Crater Near You!!   46 comments

Valhalla Basin Galactic Winter Olympics 2014

 

2014 Winter Olympics – Chelyabinsk Meteor Anniversary

2014-winter-olympics-logoThe 2014 Winter Olympics, officially the XXII Olympic Winter Games (22nd Winter Olympic Games), are set to take place from 7 to 23 February 2014, in Sochi, Russia.                 clip_image001clip_image001[1]

Chelyabinsk meteor Chelyabinsk meteor 2The Chelyabinsk meteor was a Near-Earth asteroid that entered Earth’s atmosphere over Russia on 15 February 2013 exploding in an air burst about 40 km above Korkino, south of central Chelyabinsk Oblast. The explosion created a bright flash, churning out a sizeable quantity of small meteorite fragments and a formidable shock wave.

Lake Chebarkul The meteorite fragments fell in and near to Lake Chebarkul with the largest extracted from the bed of the lake on 16 October 2013. Despite its 654 kg (1,442 lbs.) mass tipping and breaking the scales it was weighed on, it proved very fragile and shattered into three distinct pieces. In the aftermath of the Chelyabinsk meteor event an unofficial market swiftly arose for meteorite fragments.

The anniversary of the Chelyabinsk meteor event will be in Sochi, Russia on 15 February 2014. A total of seven gold medals are available to be won during the anniversary day’s medal events and each will contain fragments of the Chelyabinsk meteorite.

2014 Winter Olympic Medals with meteorite fragmentsFragments of the Chelyabinsk meteorite

 

Callisto (2014 Valhalla Basin Galactic Winter Olympics)

callisto2In a very interesting to note lol that by some strange cosmic coincidence the 2014 Valhalla Basin Galactic Winter Olympics will be held on Jupiter’s extremely ancient Galilean moon Callisto, the most heavily cratered moon in the Solar System.

Callisto’s impact-battered surface features multi-ring structures, variously shaped impact craters, and chains of craters (catenae). Probably due to the icy nature of its surface Callisto lacks any large mountains. The water that has spread over the surface forming bright rays and rings around the crater is a result of the meteorite impacts puncturing holes in Callisto’s crust.

It is now believed that beneath Callisto’s crust may lie a salty, subsurface ocean of liquid water around 50–200 km deep indicated by studies of the magnetic fields around Jupiter and its moons. This leaves open the option that there could be extra-terrestrial microbial life on Callisto, though conditions are thought to be less conducive to life than on neighbouring Jovian moon Europa.

Callisto in Olympian Mythology

Mount-olympusZeus and CallistoZeus-greek-mythology-god-of-the-godsCallisto is named after one of Zeus – god of the Olympics and Supreme Ruler of Mt Olympus’s many lovers, in Greek mythology. It is said that Callisto herself was a nymph who was associated with the goddess of the hunt, Artemis.

Zeus was held in exceptionally high esteem and power by the Ancient Greeks and once every four years the Olympians held a festival including games to honour their god. Today nations still meet for the Olympic Games but not to honour Zeus, rather the ability of the athletes themselves are considered and rewarded.

 

Valhalla Basin (2014 Galactic Winter Olympics)

Valhalla Basin_Credit_WikipediaValhalla Basin_Credit NASA_JPLIn another wildly unlikely cosmic coincidence, the main venue of the Galactic Winter Olympics, Valhalla Basin, is also a crater produced by an impacting meteor. (Not the same one as Russia’s! Don’t be silly!) Furthermore it is not only the largest multi-ring impact crater on Callisto but also in the Solar System.

Discovered by the Voyager probes in 1979–80 it is located slightly to the north of the equator on Callisto’s Jupiter-facing hemisphere. Part of an extensive system in the

Valhalla region Valhalla’s bright-floored central basin stretches across a diameter spanning 360 km. It is surrounded by at least eight concentric mountainous ridges, which resemble frozen rings of ‘ghostlike ripples’ extending as far as 1,500 km from the basin’s central point.

Valhalla in Mythology

ValhallaOdinThis huge impact crater is named after Valhalla, Odin’s great hall in Norse mythology.  

                                                                         

Valhalla_was_in_Asgard_Home_of_the_fallen_VikingsValhalla, Hall of the Slain, in Norse mythology is the most beautiful of Asgard’s many great halls. It was here with Odin that the W Door Valhalla Guarded by a Wolfheroes who had been slain in battle – the Einherjar, feasted nightly on the meat of the boar Schrimnir and from the goat Heldrun, mead, whilst preparing for the up and coming battle of Ragnarok. Eight hundred warriors marching shoulder to shoulder will emerge from each one of Valhalla’s five hundred and forty doors when this time comes.

Vast and daunting Valhalla was said to have spears for rafters and golden shields providing roofing thatch, along with a fine array of breast plates, scattered around the Hall.

The western door of Valhalla is guarded by a wolf and hovering high above the door an eagle. Outside the front of the hall is Glasir, a golden tree and on the roof of Valhalla, the green leaves of another tree known as Læraðr – happily munched through by the goat Heldrun and the stag Eikþyrnir.

Asgard Crater Region– Callisto

To the west of Valhalla is another large multi-ring basin—Asgard Crater; the second largest multi-ring structure (impact crater) on Jupiter’s moon Callisto. The crater is named after Asgard, the realm of the gods in Norse mythology,

Asgard in Norse Mythology – Olympic Links

Bifrost and ValhallaThe Norse equivalent to Mount Olympus in Greek mythology, Asgard was the home and stronghold of the Norse gods. Set in the skies the only way to reach it was to cross Bifrost – the rainbow bridge.

Valhalla, the dwelling of Odin was the grandest and most magnificent of the many gold and silver halls to be found in Asgard. Norse mythology stated that Asgard would be destroyed at Ragnarok -"Doom of the powers (gods)," also known as “Gotterdammerung” which in Norse mythology means “the end of the cosmos.” A huge final battle would be fought and the world enveloped in flames; the gods defeated by giants and demons. But a number of the gods will survive, or will be reborn and out of the sea a green and fertile world will emerge.

2014 Valhalla Basin Galactic Winter Olympics!

Coming soon to a Crater Near You!!

Valhalla Basin_Credit NASA_JPL

Sources:

Viking Mythology : http://www.missgien.net

http://www.wikipedia

Related blogs on this site.

Zeus god of the Olympics and Supreme Ruler of Mt Olympus – https://europasicewolf.wordpress.com/2012/07/08/zeusgod-of-the-olympics-and-supreme-ruler-of-mt-olympus/

Russian Fireball Explodes over Chelyabinsk–And it’s all the US’s Fault!!!! https://europasicewolf.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/russian-fireball-explodes-over-chelyabinskand-its-all-the-uss-fault/

Galactic Olympics – Mars 2012 https://europasicewolf.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/2012-gale-crater-galactic-olympics/

Zeus–god of the Olympics and Supreme Ruler of Mt Olympus   48 comments

Zeus – Supreme god and ruler – Mount Olympus

Zeus - Supreme god

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Zeus was all-powerful, magnificent, awe-inspiring and knowledgeable – the sovereign god and ruler of the gods on Mt Olympus in Thessaly. His image was a common sight on Greek coins and he was known by many titles: Lord of the Sky, the Cloud- gatherer, the Rain-god and Zeus the Thunderer, These titles expressed very clearly how high in esteem and power Zeus was held the Ancient Greeks;

Rain, a rarity in a climate as hot and dry as that of Greece was considered to be the most important force of nature in the Ancient World. A life-giving force. This in sharp contrast to the more usual all-powerful sun-gods of other mythologies.

 

Zeus and wife Hera and Eagle Zeus did however, as regarded his love life, i.e. his affairs, display a surprising lack of common sense and ability to stay out of trouble and proved this whilst indulging in his unfaithfulness to his wife.

 

Zeus was also the ‘guardian of political order and peace.’ His breastplate, bearing the head of a Gorgon – so glorious and at the same time awful to behold that no human could see Zeus in all his magnificence and survive. His weapon, the thunderbolt which had been designed by three Cyclopes, he could hurl with deadly intent and accuracy. The Eagle was his bird and his oracle, Dodona. The Oak was his tree and his priests were made aware of his will by the rustling of its leaves.

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Once every four years the Olympians held a festival including games to honour their god. Today nations still meet for the Olympic Games but not to honour Zeus. The ability of the athletes themselves are considered and rewarded.

Olympics – Ancient Greece to London 2012

The Olympics, held every four years during the midsummer full moon- an intentional choice of timing allowing the games to continue through the night, began as a festival to honour Zeus in Ancient Greece. They were designed to encourage "the development of body, mind, and spirit."

Olympic Rings Now, more than 2,700 years after the original Ancient Olympics, London, which did not even exist at that time, and now the capital city of around 8 million people, is in the ultimate point of preparing to host the 2012 Olympic Games. On 27 July, in the traditional opening ceremony athletes from around the world will march into the newly built London Olympic Stadium and the lighting of the Olympic flame will occur, to burn for the duration of the Games.

The Olympic Flame was first introduced at the 1928 Olympic Games, the torch relay at the Berlin Olympics in 1936.

2012 torch lighting at site of anc olym Today the most iconic of the Olympic symbols – the Olympic Flame, which is lit from a flame from the sun during a ceremony in Athens, is then carried in a torch relay to the host city in time for the main opening ceremony. On arriving at the main stadium arena the Olympic torch is then used to light the flame. Athletes parade behind their national flags, the releasing of doves symbolise peace.

The Olympic Oath

The first official ceremony of the Ancient Olympic Games was the taking of the oaths at the opening of the Games. It was conducted in front of a statue of Zeus of the Oaths (Zeus Horkios) and accompanied by a sacrifice. The athletes and trainers had to swear that they had studiously trained for 10 months and that they were willing to obey the Games rules.

At today’s Olympic opening ceremony one Olympic athlete from the host country, holds one corner of the Olympic flag, taking, on behalf of every athlete competing, the Olympic oath:

Olympics-2012-Stadium-Design"In the name of all the competitors, I promise that we shall take part in these Olympic Games, respecting and abiding by the rules which govern them, committing ourselves to a sport without doping and without drugs, in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams."

The original oath was taken for the first time in Belgium at the Antwerp Games in 1920. The reference to drugs was an additional inclusion in 2000.

The Olympic Creed

Judges and officials in Ancient Greek Olympics – The Hellanodikes, also took an oath to judge fairly and in a fashion that was not biased. Today a host country judge formally repeats the Olympic creed, from the scoreboard display during the Opening Ceremony. First used for the Olympic Athletes at a 1908 London Games service, this creed was introduced at Munich’s Olympic Games in 1972:

"The most important thing in the Olympic games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered, but to have fought well."

The Olympics have survived terrorism, embargoes and an increase in drug use yet nations continue despite all the problems that have occurred, to bid for the honour of acting as ‘host to the world.’