SETI bioastro: The Night Sky on NPR's The Connection

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From: Larry Klaes (larry.klaes@incent.com)
Date: Mon Jun 11 2001 - 07:10:33 PDT


The night sky. Celestial muse. Heavenly mystery.

For as long as the inky, infinite canopy of light-speckled dark has loomed
overhead, it's driven dreamers and
doers alike to distraction. Yeats yearned for heaven's cloths but settled
for dreams instead. Gallileo longed to
comprehend, and communicate, the hugeness of the heavens, and nearly died
for his conviction that they were
never ending. But if poetry and progress are the night sky's progeny, so,
too, is its predictability. Dependable
Orion rising in the winter sky. The June moon, pink as a peony and always
just in time.

Inevitably, the Earthbound got bored: they've seen one night sky, they've
seen them all. But here's the thing:
The universe is expanding, and with it the reasons for gazing up into that
good night. Beyond the sun, the moon,
and the stars.

Guests:   Chet Raymo, author of “An Infinite Look at The Night Sky”; and
Kelly Beatty, executive editor of
Sky & Telescope magazine.

http://www.theconnection.org/archive/2001/06/0608b.shtml


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