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"Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives."

- Socrates, Philosopher .
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"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, Astronomer
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"The Sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the Universe to do."

- Galileo Galilei, Astronomer
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"In my own view, the important achievement of Apollo was a demonstration that humanity is not forever chained to this planet, and our visions go rather further than that, and our opportunities are unlimited."

- Neil A. Armstrong, Commander of Apollo 11
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"Here Men From Planet Earth First Set Foot Upon The Moon July 1969 A.D. We Came In Peace For All Mankind."

- Plaque left on the Moon by Apollo 11
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“Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.”

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“By looking far out into space we are also looking far back into time, back toward the horizon of the universe, back toward the epoch of the Big Bang.”
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos
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You're pretty good at this.
Any metaphor will tear if stretched over too much reality.

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GCoyote wrote: Sun Dec 20, 2020 2:41 pm You're pretty good at this.
thank you so much .
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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882): ” When it is darkest, men see the stars.”
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“It is a beautiful and delightful sight to behold the body of the Moon.” ― Galileo Galilei
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Oh, let the sun beat down upon my face
And stars fill my dream
I'm a traveler of both time and space
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“Astronomy to the selfish becomes astrology.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“Dark matter has a gravitation effect on other objects. You can't see it, you can't feel it, but you can watch something being pulled in its direction.”
― Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper
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“At night the sky is pure astronomy.”
― Nicole Krauss, Man Walks into a Room


“When we look up at night and view the stars, everything we see is shinning because of distant nuclear fusion.”
― Carl Sagan, Cosmos
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“Photography of the heavens is one area of astronomy in which amateurs have made, and continue to make, significant contributions.” Alan Hirshfeld, Parallax, (page 273)
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messier 111 wrote: Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:09 am LET'S BEGIN , "Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives." - Socrates, Philosopher .
Socrates did not say that.
See a discussion on Wikiquote - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:Socr ... h_he_lives"

And then find the original from Plato's Phaedo, section 109, translated on Perseus.Tufts:
"for if anyone should come to the top of the air or should get wings and fly up, he could lift his head above it and see, as fishes lift their heads out of the water and see the things in our world, so he would see things in that upper world; and, if his nature were strong enough to bear the sight, he would recognize that that is the real heaven."
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/tex ... 99.01.0170
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messier 111 wrote: Thu Dec 17, 2020 1:07 pm "The Sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent upon it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the Universe to do." -- - Galileo Galilei, Astronomer
It really means the opposite of what I take to be the intention here. In other words, Galileo meant that we ascribe importance to entities and actions that have no such motivations. It is an error of anthropomorphism.

Loose paraphrase of Salviati on Day 3: "For when the sun draws up some vapors here, or warms a plant there, it draws these and warms this as if it had nothing else to do. Even in ripening a bunch of grapes, or perhaps just a single grape, it applies itself so effectively that it could not do more even if the goal of all its affairs were just the ripening of this one grape."
http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/f ... ogue3.html
SALV. It seems to me that we take too much upon ourselves, Simplicio, when we will have it that merely taking care of us is the adequate work of Divine wisdom and power, and the limit beyond which it creates and disposes of nothing.

I should not like to have us tie its hand so. We should be quite content in the knowledge that God and Nature are so occupied with the government of human affairs that they could not apply themselves more to us even if they had no other cares to attend to than those of the human race alone. I believe that I can explain what I mean by a very appropriate and most noble example, derived from the action of the light of the sun. For when the sun draws up some vapors here, or warms a plant there, it draws these and warms this as if it had nothing else to do. Even in ripening a bunch of grapes, or perhaps just a single grape, it applies itself so effectively that it could not do more even if the goal of all its affairs were just the ripening of this one grape. Now if this grape receives from the sun everything it can receive, and is not deprived of the least thing by the sun simultaneously producing thousands and thousands of other results, then that grape would be guilty of pride or envy if it believed or demanded that the action of the sun's rays should be employed upon itself alone.

I am certain that Divine Providence omits none of the things which look to the government of human affairs, but I cannot bring myself to believe that there may not be other things in the universe dependent upon the infinity of its wisdom, at least so far as my reason informs me; yet if the facts were otherwise, I should not resist believing in reasoning which I had borrowed from a higher understanding. Meanwhile, when I am told that an immense space interposed between the planetary orbits and the starry sphere would be useless and vain, being idle and devoid of stars, and that any immensity going beyond our comprehension would be superfluous for holding the fixed stars, I say that it is brash for our feebleness to attempt to judge the reason for God's actions, and to call everything in the universe vain and superfluous which does not serve us.
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mikemarotta wrote: Wed Dec 23, 2020 2:53 pm
messier 111 wrote: Wed Dec 16, 2020 12:09 am LET'S BEGIN , "Man must rise above the Earth—to the top of the atmosphere and beyond—for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives." - Socrates, Philosopher .
Socrates did not say that.
See a discussion on Wikiquote - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Talk:Socr ... h_he_lives"

And then find the original from Plato's Phaedo, section 109, translated on Perseus.Tufts:
"for if anyone should come to the top of the air or should get wings and fly up, he could lift his head above it and see, as fishes lift their heads out of the water and see the things in our world, so he would see things in that upper world; and, if his nature were strong enough to bear the sight, he would recognize that that is the real heaven."
http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/tex ... 99.01.0170
here is where the quotes come from.
https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/astronomy


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