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Astronomy Survey Committee

Nature offers no greater splendor than the starry sky on a clear, dark night. Silent, timeless, jeweled with the constellations of ancient myth and legend, the night sky has inspired wonder throughout the ages.

Astronomy and Astrophysics for the 1980's

Volume 1

Report to the Astronomy Survey Committee (p. 3)

Brandt, John C. Chapman, Robert D.

...each step forward in unraveling the mystery of comets (or any other natural phenomenon) brings great pleasure to all who look to the sky as a source of beauty and intellectual challenge.

Introduction to Comets Chapter 10 (p. 226)

Browning, Robert

Sky—what a scowl of cloud Till, near and far, Ray on ray split the shroud Splendid, a star!

The Complete Poetical Works of Browning The Two Poets of Croisic de Saint-Exupery, Antoine

A sky as pure as water bathed the stars and brought them out.

Southern Mail Chapter I (p. 9)

Emerson, Ralph Waldo

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

In Edward Waldo Emerson (ed.) Journals of Ralph Waldo Emerson 1841-44 25 May 1843 (p. 410)

Friedman, Herbert

It is impossible for any sensitive person to look at a star-filled sky without being stirred by thoughts of creation and eternity. The mystery of the origin and destiny of the universe haunts us throughout our lives.

The Amazing Universe Chapter 7 (p. 166)

Kremyborg, Alfred

The sky is that beautiful old parchment in which the sun and the moon keep their diary.

Old manuscript

Lockwood, Marion

He who has again and again consciously watched the sky passing through its changing gamut of color and light, has experienced one of the most exciting adventures which can come to the human spirit.

The Sky Winter Stars (p. 16) January 1939

Lowell, Amy

A wise man,

Watching the stars pass across the sky, Remarked:

In the upper air the fireflies move more slowly.

The Complete Poetical Works of Amy Lowell



It is my delight to traverse the very air and spend my life touring the boundless skies, learning of the constellations and the contrary motions of the planets.

Astronomica Book I

Maunder, E. Walter

The oldest picture book in our possession is the Midnight Sky.

Nineteenth Century The Oldest Picture-Book of All (p. 451) Volume XLVIII, Number CCLXXXIII, September 1900

Moulton, Forest Ray

It is doubtful whether there is in the whole range of human experience any more awe-inspiring spectacle than that presented by the sky on a clear and moonless night. Under the vault of the sparkling heavens one is raised, if ever, to an actual realization of the fact that the earth beneath his feet is a relatively tiny mass in comparison with the infinite cosmos spread out above.

Astronomy Chapter II (p. 14)

Schaefer, Bradley E.

The sky is beautiful and vast and harbors many secrets.

Sky and Telescope Inventory of Cosmic Mysteries (p. 68) Volume 94, Number 4, October 1994

Shakespeare, William

My soul is in the sky.

A Midsummer Night's Dream Act V, scene i

Shore, Jane

Each night the sky splits open like a melon its starry filaments the astronomer examines with great intensity.

Eye Level

An Astronomer's Journal (p. 31)

Smoot, George

There is something about looking at the night sky that makes a person wonder.

Wrinkles in Time Chapter 1 (p. 1)

Swings, Pol

The sky belongs to everyone, with stars to spare for all.

In Henry Margenau and David Bergamini (eds)

The Scientist (p. 116)

Whitman, Walt

Over all the sky—the sky! Far, far out of reach, studded, breaking out, the eternal stars.

In James E. Miller, Jr (ed.) Complete Poetry and Selected Prose Bivouac on a Mountain Side

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