(Cosmic Poetry in Motion)
We’re going in!!
And so I wrote,* back in 2016 regarding the Juno Mission
“.. the hand of the unseen conductor waved them onward into the vibrating strings of a solar wind and I cried out, “Yes! The whole cosmos is a grand opus! Let those who have ears, hear!…”
I am so incredibly moved and awed by this wonderful science fiction in our time!! After the original launch in 2011 –
Juno Orbit Insertion -July 4, 2016
“We’re going in”
From the moment in 1610 when Galileo (with his home made telescope) first realized that there were bodies orbiting this “wandering star,” our whole belief system was to be forever changed. Galileo was threatened with excommunication from the church and died a heart-broken man. He is vindicated. Tiny Lego figurines of Galileo, Juno and Jupiter ride this craft as it now orbits the giant and sends back data that will help unlock the secrets of our beginnings.
Juno’s camera has captured in time lapse the marvelous ballet of the moons as they dance in homage around the King of the solar system.
“We are stardust, we are golden“- Joni Mitchell
time lapse photography
Music by Vangelis
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Jupiter’s moons are Io, Europa, Ganymede and the outermost,Callisto. Juno in mythology is the wife of Jupiter- the Roman equivalent of Hera and Zeus in the Greek pantheon. When I saw the dusty Hale- Bopp and Hayakutake comets streaming past our solar system in the nineties and realized these visitors were both on journeys of thousands of years from afar (the Oort cloud ) and won’t return for thousands of years, I was totally awestruck and bought my first reflector telescope. I was thrilled to witness the two giants (Jupiter and Saturn) as they passed closest to earth in 2001.
Another wonderful video from a few years back is called “Galileo’s Sons“- the story of the astronomer priests of the modern Vatican as they study the cosmos in the spirit of Galileo and an “enlightened” faith and science.
..and this is another of my own photos of the transit of Venus across the sun in 2013, taken through telescope, Cattle Point, Victoria- she will not eclipse again for another 100 years
* and my own “transcendent dance” into the cosmos in a spirit of fun and story is here