December 3, 2013

L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle

a_solareclipsefromtheiss.jpgSolar Eclipse as Seen from the International Space Station

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The Universe as Seen by Dante Alighieri

As the geometrician, who endeavours
To square the circle, and discovers not,
By taking thought, the principle he wants,

Even such was I at that new apparition;
I wished to see how the image to the circle
Conformed itself, and how it there finds place;

But my own wings were not enough for this,
Had it not been that then my mind there smote
A flash of lightning, wherein came its wish.

Here vigour failed the lofty fantasy:
But now was turning my desire and will,
Even as a wheel that equally is moved,

The Love which moves the sun and the other stars.
[L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle]

The Divine Comedy : Paradiso : Canto XXXIII by Dante

Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 3, 2013 3:04 PM
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Posted by: Fat Man at December 3, 2013 6:02 PM

I am sorry to say that the solar eclipse is not an actual photograph but a composite image.
I wished it had been real but it is not.

Posted by: PST at December 4, 2013 11:26 AM
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