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Poems in the heavens

10 Nov 2014, 14:37 UTC
Poems in the heavens
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Poetry is an ancient art, certainly predating written language. From the beginning, poets have described and wondered about the heavens: stars, planets, and the rarer transient events: eclipses, comets, meteors. And as our knowledge about the Universe has broadened, poetic descriptions have changed too. Sometimes studying the Universe can make us feel small, but poetry […]

The Great Comet of 1577, from a contemporary woodcut by Jiri Daschitzsky. [Source: The Galileo Project]Poetry is an ancient art, certainly predating written language. From the beginning, poets have described and wondered about the heavens: stars, planets, and the rarer transient events: eclipses, comets, meteors. And as our knowledge about the Universe has broadened, poetic descriptions have changed too. Sometimes studying the Universe can make us feel small, but poetry can be a way to regain perspective.
Starting next week, astrophysicists Karen Knierman and Patrick Young will join poet Marco Dominguez to offer a class on astronomy, poetry, and their deep connection in human culture from antiquity through today. As director of CosmoAcademy, I’m very pleased to invite you to join in:
Astronomy has played a role in human culture for thousands of years and appears in literature from every era. We can see ...

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