Category Archives: Astronomy

Ignatius of Loyola and His Stars

Received an email from the Vatican Observatory Foundation observing today’s feast. It included this quote from his autobiography: The greatest consolation that he received at this time was from gazing at the sky and stars, and this he often did and for … Continue reading

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There Is No Full Moon Tonight

I don’t know who started this meme. A few friends on my facebook feed have insisted that today, a Friday the 13th, we have a full moon. It just happened in 2014 and doesn’t occur again till 2049. Transits of Mercury are … Continue reading

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Coma, As In Hair, Not Sleep

I like the mythological stories connected to the constellations of Earth’s sky. Often enough, some mortal gets rewarded for some effort of derring-do and in death ascends to the night sky to be admired and imitated by future generations. What … Continue reading

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Astronomers in Music

I’ve long been aware of Garrett Fisher’s opera Stargazer, which presents the confrontation of Galileo and Church authorities. This piece from the production illustrates the composer’s style with voice and instruments. Others are on YouTube, I noticed. Four years before … Continue reading

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Frederic’s Folly

This day tripped up a young pirate and his love: I bound myself to serve the pirate captain Until I reached my one-and-twentieth birthday … Some countries have legal provisions for those born on Leap Day. Otherwise you’ll have to … Continue reading

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Cold Moon

Maybe this is a quiet year for the War on Christmas. This piece was linked on RNS: Santa may not need Rudolph’s bright nose to guide his sleigh this year. That’s because the full moon will shine brightly Christmas morning. … Continue reading

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On My Bookshelf: The Interstellar Age

I endorse Jim Bell’s The Interstellar Age as an accessible and enjoyable read. He explores the unfolding story of the Voyager probes that expanded human knowledge of the outer solar system. He was there for some of it as a Caltech student … Continue reading

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