Showcasing cool pictures of stars from around the world taken from various photographers on clear nights along with famous astronomy quotes. The night sky has always been what inspired a sense of wonder in us, inducing a proper sense of scale and place. We gaze in awe of a shooting star, the planet Venus or even the Milky Way and the night sky has always provided endless fascination for both professional and casual observers. A sense of wonder comes from viewing the universe in all its splendour, while we contemplate the grandness of nature and the apparent uniqueness of our place in it.
The cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us—there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, or falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.
Carl Sagan, first paragraph of Cosmos , the book that accompanied the TV series of the same name. It quickly became one of the best selling science books in the English language. 1980.
Glaucon, the older brother of Plato, in Plato’s The Republic, c. 380 BCE
“Astronomy taught us our insignificance in Nature”.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, The Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, published 1904.
Stephen Hawking, Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, Washington Post newspaper, 15 April 1988.
Sophocles, c. 420 BCE
Edwin Hubble, last paragraph of his last published scientific paper, ‘The Law of Red Shifts (George Darwin Lecture),’
Stephen W. Hawking, A Brief History of Time , 1988.
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night”.
Sarah Williams, last lines of the fourth paragraph of the poem The Old Astronomer to His Pupil. Exact date unknown.
Arthur C. Clarke, The Challenge of the Spaceship, 1959.
Miles Kington, Welcome to Kington, 1989.
Anaxagoras, 459 BCE
Lord John Russell