Sunday, June 21, 2009

Astronomy Picture of the Day with Classical Content

Astronomy Picture of the Day is one of the most popular astronomical web sites on the 'net. Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer

Today's picture is that of the Parthenon, with a dramatic background of the rising Sun.

(picture created and copyrighted by Anthony Ayiomamitis)

I've put together a list of all the Classically themed pictures which I've found. Of course, many more of the pictures have some classical connection because so many of the night sky is named after Greek and Roman gods, heroes and miscellanies... - Sunrise over the Parthenon - Sunset at the Portara - Analemma Over the Porch of Maidens - Orion over  Nemrut Dagh - Jupiter over Ephesus - Pantheon Earth and Moon - The Analemma and the Temple of Olympian Zeus - The Antikythera Mechanism - Analemma over Ancient Nemea - Julius Caesar and Leap Days - Sunrise Analemma - Hypatia of Alexandria - Julius Caesar and Leap Days - Julius Caesar and Leap Days

I'll update this list whenever I think a new picture is classically themed. If you know of one I've missed, them please drop me a note.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Near and far... Here and there...

Sometimes the funniest things are the simplest...
My two favorite skits from Sesame Street are when you're being taught the difference between Near/Far and Here/There .

So, for your enjoyment:

Near and Far:

Here and There (in Hebrew).
I apologize to those of you who don't understand Hebrew. Trust me - It's hilarious.


Inspiration for this post came from here and here.

-- Robert