The laws of probability say
There are hundreds of planets in the Milky Way
That have Life.
What Purpose do they serve?
It’s probable that someone knows,
But will not tell,
For I believe in Life and Love,
In apple blossom,
And the inevitability
Of First Contact.
(real name below)
© PB Friday 3\4\2009 at 5AM in Humberside.
When fields gleam aureate and song birds sing and transient stars in clusters scintillate, when sweet perennials are coaxed by spring to blossom forth, he comes with sprightly gait. He wends his way along the mountain trails past opalescent rush of streams and rills, goat-footed, on the paths that ribbon dales and wind around and up and down small hills. Then nymphs appear as, through the woods, he trips to flower-smitten meadows. Fancy-free, he leads them with his reed held to his lips, till blithely they embrace his rhapsody. So hear the music; watch the wood nymphs spin. . . Then captured by sheer merriment, join in!
The study of planets, stars, galaxies, and intergalactic and interstellar space falls under the field of astronomy. Thousands of years ago, the earliest civilizations observed the heavens.
Because astronomers of the past set the foundation for today’s astronomy, it is an interesting journey to take a look through the history of astronomy. How did they figure out how big around the Earth is? Who was the first astronomer to recognize galaxies outside our own? What must’ve it been like to look through Galileo’s first telescope to see the craters on the Moon? Were people stunned when Halley correctly predicted the return of a comet?