Quotations on Astronomy

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Most people today still believe, perhaps unconsciously, in the heliocentric universe every newspaper in the land has a section on astrology, yet few have anything at all on astronomy.
- Hannes Alfven
(Keywords: People, Astrology, Astronomy, Land, Today, Universe)

I went to the University of Washington as a physics and astronomy major. My other interest, of course, was aviation. I always wanted to be a pilot. And if you're going to fly airplanes, the best place to be is the Air Force.
- Michael P. Anderson
(Keywords: Airplanes, Astronomy, Aviation, Force, Interest, Physics, University, Washington)

Science Fiction is not just about the future of space ships travelling to other planets, it is fiction based on science and I am using science as my basis for my fiction, but it's the science of prehistory - palaeontology and archaeology - rather than astronomy or physics.
- Jean M. Auel
(Keywords: Science, Astronomy, Fiction, Future, Physics, Ships, Space)

Until very recently, the heavenly bodies have been investigated only with reference to their position and their laws of motion, and a quarter of a century ago astronomy was little more than celestial topography.
- George Phillips Bond
(Keywords: Astronomy, Laws)

So fantasy was fine early on, and when I discovered science fiction, I was very happy with it, because my first interest in science fiction came with an interest in astronomy.
- Octavia Butler
(Keywords: Science, Astronomy, Fantasy, Fiction, First, Interest)

Here I was into astronomy, and here into anthropology, and there I go into geology. It was much more fun to be able to research and write about whatever I wanted to.
- Octavia Butler
(Keywords: Anthropology, Astronomy, Fun, Research)

So far as hypotheses are concerned, let no one expect anything certain from astronomy, which cannot furnish it, lest he accept as the truth ideas conceived for another purpose, and depart from this study a greater fool than when he entered it.
- Nicolaus Copernicus
(Keywords: Truth, Ideas, Purpose, Astronomy, Fool, Study)

This sight... is by far the noblest astronomy affords.
- Edmond Halley
(Keywords: Astronomy, Sight)

Astronomy teaches the correct use of the sun and the planets.
- Stephen Leacock
(Keywords: Astronomy, Sun)

Similarly, many a young man, hearing for the first time of the refraction of stellar light, has thought that doubt was cast on the whole of astronomy, whereas nothing is required but an easily effected and unimportant correction to put everything right again.
- Ernst Mach
(Keywords: Time, Thought, Astronomy, Correction, Doubt, First, Hearing, Light, Man, Nothing, Right)

You will certainly not doubt the necessity of studying astronomy and physics, if you are desirous of comprehending the relation between the world and Providence as it is in reality, and not according to imagination.
- Maimonides
(Keywords: Imagination, Astronomy, Doubt, Necessity, Physics, Providence, Reality, Will, World)

But when researchers at Bell Labs discovered that static tends to come from particular places in the sky, the whole field of radio astronomy opened up.
- Murray Gell Mann
(Keywords: Astronomy, Sky)

Astronomy's much more fun when you're not an astronomer.
- Brian May
(Keywords: Astronomy, Fun)

I love biomedical science, I love astronomy, and you can't really do much with those in a fantasy setting.
- Elizabeth Moon
(Keywords: Love, Science, Astronomy, Fantasy)

But my most favourite pursuit, after my daily exertions at the Foundry, was Astronomy. There were frequently clear nights when the glorious objects in the Heavens were seen in most attractive beauty and brilliancy.
- James Nasmyth
(Keywords: Beauty, Astronomy, Pursuit)

Medicine rests upon four pillars - philosophy, astronomy, alchemy, and ethics.
- Paracelsus
(Keywords: Alchemy, Astronomy, Ethics, Medicine, Philosophy)

It is clear to everyone that astronomy at all events compels the soul to look upwards, and draws it from the things of this world to the other.
- Plato
(Keywords: Soul, Astronomy, Events, World)

Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
- Plato
(Keywords: Soul, Astronomy, World)

I turned my attention for a while to gamma ray astronomy and soon began the first in a continous series of experiments at the Savannah River site to study the properties of the neutrino.
- Frederick Reines
(Keywords: Astronomy, Attention, First, Study)

This is very similar to astronomy where different magnitudes are assigned to the brightness of an astronomical object, depending on the range of wavelengths being measured.
- Charles Francis Richter
(Keywords: Astronomy, Being)

My amateur interest in astronomy brought out the term 'magnitude,' which is used for the brightness of a star.
- Charles Francis Richter
(Keywords: Astronomy, Interest)

I liked math - that was my favorite subject - and I was very interested in astronomy and in physical science.
- Sally Ride
(Keywords: Science, Astronomy, Favorite)

In 1959 the University recognized our work by appointing me to a new Chair of Radio Astronomy.
- Martin Ryle
(Keywords: Work, Astronomy, University)

Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy the mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
- Voltaire
(Keywords: Religion, Mother, Daughter, Astrology, Astronomy, Daughters, Earth, Superstition)

Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology.
- Rebecca West
(Keywords: Science, War, Astrology, Astronomy, Military)

It's like having astronomy without knowing where the stars are.
- E. O. Wilson
(Keywords: Astronomy, Stars)









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