Crescent moon over ocean by Virginia Hoge

The Astropoetry Blog is about to begin its fourth year of publication.  It’s a good time to pause and reflect on how this blog can be improved to better fulfill its goals—helping to unite science and the poetic spirit, and leading us to discover new meanings in the human experience of the night.

Our intention is to provide a place where the poetry of the night sky can flourish.  Readers are encouraged to send us poems they’ve written that relate to astronomy, as well as astropoems by other poets—classical or contemporary—they have liked.  And your prose commentary about the poem is always welcome, especially when it adds background about when and how the poem came to be written.

New goals for this year:
•    More frequent blog entries.
•    More poems from cultures that have not yet represented here.  If possible, these should be in their original language, with an approximate English translation.
•    More picture/poem combinations.  Readers enjoy a visual experience.
•    A more interactive blog, with more reader input and comment.

Poet Robert Frost once wrote, “I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew.  Writing a poem is discovering.”

So let’s have a year of discovery!

--Bob Eklund, Astropoetry Blog Editor

Email your poem or any content for the blog to: [email protected]



The Day The Earth Smiled

Cassini 's portrait of Earth on July 19, 2013 The world watched on July 19, 2013, as NASA’s Cassini spacecraft snaps Earth's image from the far side of Saturn. With the brilliant light of the Sun blocked by Saturn itself, the ringed planet loomed large in the foreground, with Earth appearing as a very distant "Pale Blue Dot." “It was a day for all the world to celebrate,” said Cassini imaging team leader Carolyn Porco of the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado, who first recognized the unique opportunity to create this new view of Earth. AWB was proud to...
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