Tag Archives: Astronomy

Under the Starry Skies of J.R.R. Tolkien and Robert Frost

Update: I’ve revised and expanded this presentation and post a bit in preparation for two talks tomorrow (3/5/13) at Norman North High School. Should be fun! —– Tonight I’m giving an informal presentation at the OKC Astronomy Club on the … Continue reading

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Tolkien on Mercury

The mercurial mind of J.R.R. Tolkien has now found an appropriate home in the solar system, a newly-named crater on the planet nearest the intense golden rays of the Sun: Source: The Universe Today May The Hobbit, Silmarillion and Lord … Continue reading

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Go Curiosity!

Curiosity, the van-sized high-tech rover, is set to land on Mars tonight! The above animation of Curiosity’s mission to Mars is well-worth watching – seriously – all 11 minutes of it. The landing itself looks harrowing – more nail-biting than … Continue reading

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The Audacity to Dream

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All things are connected

“All things by immortal power Near and far, Hiddenly, To each other linked are, That thou canst not stir a flower Without the troubling of a star.” – Francis Thompson,“The Mistress of Vision,” Poems (1913) Arabian Star Flower Scale of … Continue reading

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Moonlight

As a pale phantom with a lamp Ascends some ruin’s haunted stair, So glides the moon along the damp Mysterious chamber of the air. Now hidden in a cloud, and now revealed, As if this phantom, full of pain, Were … Continue reading

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The Winter Hexagon

Index of Christmas holiday posts “He is wise in heart and mighty in strength… who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the sea; who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the … Continue reading

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Candace Moon

There’s an Owl Moon, a Harvest Moon, a Bad Moon, a Mississippi Moon, a Moon River, Shepherd Moons, and a Grandfather Moon; so why not a Candace Moon? As Rachel puts it: Even the moon celebrates Mom’s birthday! Tomorrow, March … Continue reading

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Christmas nights: Winter Solstice

Index of Christmas holiday posts Happy Winter Solstice! If you face east from your front yard, or say, from within the circle of Stonehenge, then on different dates through the year you will see the Sun rise at points running … Continue reading

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Christmas gifts: You are a meteorite

Index of Christmas holiday posts I’m terrible at choosing gifts. Some people (especially God, and my sister Laura) have a special knack for choosing gifts that are meaningful to the recipient while at the same time they reflect the relationship … Continue reading

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Evangelicals and Evolutionary Creation

This Darwin 2009 video (m4v, mp4, download) explains that the OU History of Science Collections is one of the handful of places in the world where one may view a complete set of first editions of the works of Charles … Continue reading

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Aurier vs. the positivists

“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” I selected this saying of Einstein’s for the motto of the History of Science Collections blog in part because it thoroughly undermines the positivist philosophy which was rampant in Einstein’s day and which remains … Continue reading

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