Sky Tapestry, by Cordella Lackey
A tapestry jewelled hangs over the night;
Have you looked up to see where it gleams?
There are rubies and sapphires and diamonds white
Interwoven with mists of lost dreams.
This tapestry ancient was hung up for you
Before Time tried to reckon with Space;
And for ages to come it will hang in the blue,
Starry jewels each one in its place.
Each star has a story, each mist is alight;
If you seek to know each priceless fold
You will treasure this tapestry hung up at night
By the Weaver of tapestries old.
Astronomy is what we have now instead of theology. The terrors are less, but the comforts are nil.
More people climbed Mount Everest last year than have ever been to space. Why is it so hard to go to space?
Curious Minds asks, and answers, in this video.
Dang those pesky rockets and pesky gravity resulting in their pesky heaviness!
My head’s still fuzzy from running my marathon this morning, so all it can really handle is looking at mesmerizing startrails and gorgeous astroscapes. But, um, you guys see the dragons too, right?
Borrego Stardance is the latest from Gavin Heffernan and Sunchaser Pictures. It takes us to the town of Borrego Springs, California, home to a rather motley assortment of strange metal sculptures (dragons, scorpions, mammoths, etc.) and one of the world’s handful of official “dark sky communities”, where access to the deepest reaches of the cosmos is actively protected from urban light pollution.
Popular Science called this the most trippy time lapse they’d ever seen, and I have to agree. In a good way.
You’re gonna want to give this one the full screen, speakers up treatment.
The Cosmos on Canvas
Steve Gildea’s paintings are part space journey, part whimsical dream. Just the kind of thing I need today. And every day.
The Rare “Zodiacal Light”
Photographer Justin Ng captures a rare sight in a gorgeous time-lapse video taken over the volcanoes surrounding Mt. Bromo. Here’s the full video:
As the Milky Way comes into view, a diffuse, glowing triangle becomes apparent even though the sun is far below the horizon. In the photo below, by Ng, you’ll notice that the glowing triangle contains the planets Venus, Saturn, and Mercury:
This is sunlight, reflected from below the horizon, bouncing off of faint dust that lingers in our solar system’s planetary disk, the zodiacal plane itself. This so-called “zodiacal light" is the result of leftover debris from the formation of the planets, light so faint that even moonlight will obscure it.
This is what’s left from the birth of our home and its neighbors, glowing in the springtime night. Wow.