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“Sometimes I think we are alone in the Universe, and sometimes I think we are not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering” – Arthur C Clarke.
When William Herschel, discoverer of Uranus, saw craters on the Moon through his telescope, he was sure that the circular features on the surface were made by Lunarians. In 1938, Orson Welles dramatized an alien invasion on radio as an adaptation of the novel “War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells. This caused wide spread panic in New...57 minutes ago
For all of human history the night sky has been a source of inspiration and wonder. Our nightly encounter with the stars has done much to influence art, philosophy, science and religion. Yet in the last century humanity has been increasingly lighting up the night and removing the stars from view.
It is difficult to calculate what the loss of the stars is doing to our sense of wonder or to know what great works of art we’ve lost, never having been inspired by the night sky. We do know...58 minutes ago