Posted tagged ‘Events’

This is National Dark Sky Week!

March 29, 2008

From March 29 to April 4 is the annual National Dark Sky Week. And tonight, from 8 to 9PM is Earth Hour. To take part in tonight’s event, turn off the lights and appliances you don’t need (like a PC running 24/7?) from 8 to 9PM. Outdoor lights are especially encouraged. Similarly, National Dark Sky week promotes energy saving and a better view of the beautiful universe around us for the whole week.

And it’s always a good thing do put less carbon into the atmosphere. Give it a try!

More information here.

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A lunar eclipse and a cosmic perspective

February 20, 2008

lunareclipse.jpgThe moon is in totality as I write. It’s beautiful, a fleeting mask on a face that has looked down on Earth for billions of years.

I can’t help but think of the words of one of my heroes, Carolyn Porco, who currently leads the imaging team for Cassini:

To know that we can know so much about our Solar System and about our cosmos, for me, makes life meaningful. It’s very much like being in love. It’s very much that kind of relationship where you want to know more and you want to be one with the person you’re in love with or topic you’re studying. It’s a connection… it’s really a connection, and for me it’s… it’s like being allowed a glimpse of the miraculous.

(from “Nova: Voyage to the Mystery Moon,” first aired 4/4/2006)