JOI and the King! (Cosmic Poetry)

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courtesy of Nasa

And so I wrote,*

“.. 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!…”

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Jupiter and his moons above my roof with Venus rising

I am so incredibly moved and awed by this wonderful science fiction in our time!!

Juno Orbit Insertion -July 4, 2016

“We’re going in”

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Jupiter, Juno and Galileo aboard the spaceship

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

Music by Vangelis

For more live updates and video follow the link

http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl2

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. I was totally enamoured when I first bought a reflector telescope back in 2000.

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.

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My own photo 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

47 Comments Add yours

  1. sixpixx says:

    Fascinating post which tells of things I only half understand. I shall now be taking a harder look at the night sky when I get away from the urban light pollution. Thank you for igniting a spark.

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    1. Oh I love star gazing lol! Glad it sparked you!

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  2. DG MARYOGA says:

    PS:Please can you check out this site and tell me if this video is the full film?It says it’s 48 minutes.TUBH

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    1. as far as I remember I believe it is. It was a short documentary type film!

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      1. DG MARYOGA says:

        Thank you Cybele dear 🙂

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  3. Amazing photo from just above your roof Cybele! This is fascinating.

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    1. I was very moved to see the moons of Jupiter in my first telescope. I can imagine how Galileo must felt. Quite a story. But I find the cosmos quite poetic, profound and terrifying at the same time! 🙂

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  4. DG MARYOGA says:

    Broad your scope for the arrival of Juno at Jupiter after its five-year journey and compelling your telescope photos.Interesting your reference to the sad story of Galileo,the father of modern science.Oh,how much I enjoyed Vangelis music,I remember how he was commissioned to write three musical numbers for the Rosetta ESA mission,the Singing Comet 67P/C-G & Rosetta Space Mission.Exciting post and a great tribute to the history of science.You have included even the Lego crew,the tiny figurines of Jupiter,Juno and Galileo.

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    1. oh it has been quite exciting and really fires the imagination!! I love Vangelis! I thought the lego figures were so cute! The film Galileo’s Sons is a Canadian production and quite wonderful regarding the Jesuit astronomers. Very poetic and profound but not sure where you can watch the full film.

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      1. DG MARYOGA says:

        It was not just a film,it was a “great school”,a tribute to those scientists who tackled big questions but remained unsung heroes thanks to the perpetual conflict between science and religion,at least then … Always morivational your posts Cybele.

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      2. oh yes!! Thanks so much dear Doda!

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  5. Sherry Felix says:

    I have been following Juno too. I love astronomy.

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  6. Absolutely fascinating–especially Galileo and his abilities to discern the world behind the Earth. The trajectory of science between his time and ours has inspired scores of imaginations as it has yours.

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    1. oh yes so true! Galileo’s is such a sad story. He knew he was right but he loved the church too and therefore had to be silent! In some of his writings though he put forth his finding in a rather allegorical way to disguise it. Thanks for this great comment Sally!

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  7. afairymind says:

    It’s an incredible and inspirational achievement. I’ve always loved astronomy but unfortunately it’s one of those subjects that I just don’t have enough of a mathematical brain to be able to study in any depth! I like to follow any advances to the best of my ability, though. I didn’t know about the Lego figures – I don’t think they’ve been mentioned in the UK press. 🙂

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    1. yes they talked about them at the live briefing! Oh I do hope all goes well for the expedition! Jupiter is a harsh king!!

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  8. Great post .. Love the first pic and that video and music is magic!

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  9. sedge808 says:

    this has been so exciting for me.

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    1. it moves me to tears!

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  10. Maverick ~ says:

    I’ve been following this, wonderful post. 🙂

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    1. thank you Maverick!

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  11. So beautiful and fascinating!

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    1. yes it is! thanks so much Linda!

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  12. Amy says:

    What an awedome achievement! 🙂
    Thank you for the post!

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    1. Isn’t it! You’re welcome! 🙂

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  13. lauramacky says:

    Just the other day I was sitting out on the back deck admiring the stars. I used some high powered binoculars and saw jupiter with little dots around it and realized those were the moons! Seems we are in spacey moods aren’t we LOL. Love your post. I adore ANYTHING to do with space, stars, cosmos….it’s a wonder!

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    1. Me too and the story of Galileo is so moving! Thanks so much Laura!

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      1. lauramacky says:

        You’re welcome! From one spaced out girl to another. 😉

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      2. ha ha!! love it!!

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  14. Reblogged this on Sharon Greenaway and commented:
    A moving precis of Jupiter being visited

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    1. thank you Sharon!

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  15. Cybele, I clicked on Galileo’s Sons but there is no link. Loved the Vangelis music in the NASA movie. Someday I’ll listen to your Beethoven but right now 41 minutes is too long!

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    1. haha!! the post is not that long but I think you read the story before anyway! I will see if I can fix the link to Sons!

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  16. Kerena says:

    Kindred spirit! I’m fascinated by this amazing scientific venture too!!

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    1. indeed!! Yayyy!! 🙂

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  17. glauco says:

    …touching moments, deserved gratitude and fascinating expectancies in the wonderful video!!! Great Hanna…!!!

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    1. so glad you enjoyed the post. My imagination is on fire with this wonderful expedition!

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  18. sheldonk2014 says:

    Great to see
    and that music
    Simply eye opening

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