"If you love wealth more than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the
animating contest of freedom, depart from us in peace. We ask not your counsel
nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest
lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."
Samuel Adams, (1722-1803)
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Astronomy Picture of the Day - Yosemite Winter Night
evocative night skyscape
a starry band of the Milky Way climbs over
Valley, Sierra Nevada Range, planet Earth.
Jupiter is the brightest
celestial beacon on the wintry scene, though.
Standing nearly opposite the Sun in the constellation Taurus,
the wandering planet joins yellowish
Aldebaran and the Hyades
always comes up sideways over a fence of mountains.
And from there the twin
stars of Gemini rise just across the
As this peaceful winter night began, they
the charioteer, its alpha star Capella near the top of the frame.