Be a Part of the New Astronomy Discovery Center
Opening in Spring 2023, the Astronomy Discovery Center (ADC) at Lowell Observatory will be where curious visitors come to be awed by the cosmos and learn about astronomy. Lowell Observatory’s Deputy Director for Science, Dr. Michael West, has selected quotes and equations from well-known scientists and authors to be included on the ADC. By having your name associated with a famous quote or equation, your gift of $2,000 will support construction of the ADC.
Now is your chance to leave a mark on this new facility and help us open the minds of visitors young and old.
For more information contact Shannon Gonzales at (928) 255-5059 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The sky is everywhere,
even in the dark beneath your skin.
– Wisława Szymborska, poet and Nobel laureate
Mingle the starlight with your lives and you won’t be fretted by trifles.
– Maria Mitchell, America’s first woman astronomer
There is no joy more intense than that of coming upon a fact that cannot be understood in terms of currently accepted ideas.
– Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, astronomer
The image of a blue planet floating in deep space, glowing like the full moon on a clear night, brought home powerfully to me the recognition that we are indeed all members of a single family sharing one little house.
– Dalai Lama XIV, spiritual teacher
This is the greatest damn thing about the universe, that we can know so much, recognize so much, dissect, do everything, and we can’t grasp it.
– Henry Miller, writer
And my heart is a little larger than the entire universe.
– Fernando Pessoa, poet
No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted island, or opened a new heaven to the human spirit.
– Helen Keller, author and educator
Past time is finite, future time is infinite.
– Edwin Hubble, astronomer
Only when it’s dark enough can you see the stars.
– Martin Luther King Jr., minister and civil rights activist
Science is driven not only by the curiosity of those who explore today but also by their confidence that others like you will succeed where they have failed.
– Margaret Geller, astronomer
There are truths which one can see only when it’s dark.
– Isaac Bashevis Singer, writer
Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.
– Vincent van Gogh, painter
Oh, I could let the world go by,
Its loud new wonders and its wars,
But how will I give up the sky
When winter dusk is set with stars
– Sara Teasdale, poet
Everything in the universe is a pitcher brimming with wisdom and beauty.
– Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, mystic and poet
The larger the island of knowledge, the longer the shoreline of wonder.
– Ralph W. Sockman, pastor
The two most abundant things in the universe are hydrogen and stupidity.
– Harlan Ellison, writer
If you think this Universe is bad, you should see some of the others.
– Philip K. Dick, writer
What is the difference between me and the sky?
– Nizar Qabbani, poet
If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are abloom with flowers.
– Antoine de Saint-Exupery, writer
Never cease to stand like curious children before the Great Mystery into which we were born.
– Albert Einstein, scientist
The stars are congregating, perhaps in celebration.
– Pattiann Rogers, poet
All humans are brothers. We came from the same supernova.
– Allan Sandage, astronomer
Science is not a body of facts. Science is a state of mind.
– Natalie Angier, writer
If you were to pick yourself apart with tweezers, one atom at a time, you would produce a mound of fine atomic dust, none of which had ever been alive but all of which had once been you.
– Bill Bryson, writer
To know the history of science is to recognize the mortality of any claim to universal truth.
– Evelyn Fox Keller, scientist
I am a child of the Milky Way. The night is my mother. I am made of the dust of stars.
– Chet Raymo, scientist
I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will love the darkness because it shows me the stars.
– Og Mandino, writer
Silently, one by one, in the infinite meadows of heaven,
Blossomed the lovely stars, the forget-me-nots of the angels.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, poet
We have calcium in our bones, iron in our veins, carbon in our souls, and nitrogen in our brains. 93 percent stardust, with souls made of flames, we are all just stars that have people names.
– Nikita Gill, poet
There wouldn’t be a sky full of stars if we were all meant to wish on the same one.
– Frances Clark, writer
Remember you are this universe and this universe is you.
– Joy Harjo, poet
We are stardust brought to life, then empowered by the universe to figure itself out.
– Neil deGrasse Tyson, astronomer
Worldwide, half of all brains are in women.
– Vera Rubin, astronomer
The evolution of the world can be compared to a display of fireworks that has just ended: some few red wisps, ashes, and smoke. Standing on a cooled cinder, we see the slow fading of the suns, and we try to recall the vanished brilliance of the origin of the worlds.
– Georges Lemaître, priest, astrophysicist, and “Father of the Big Bang”
If people sat and looked at the stars each night, I bet they’d live a lot differently.
– Bill Waterson, cartoonist
To develop a complete mind, study the science of art, study the art of science. Develop your senses, learn how to see. Understand that everything is connected.
– Leonardo da Vinci, artist and engineer
Won’t Mayy come in the night to one amorously mystified by her mention, when the Hands of ath-Thurayyā (the Pleiades) reach for the western places of sunset?
– Dhū ar-Rumma, Arabian poet (d. 735 CE)
The universe is wider than our view of it.
– Henry David Thoreau, poet and philosopher
Maxwell’s equations. These four equations describe the behavior of electricity and magnetism. They led 19th-century physicist James Clerk Maxwell to conclude that light is an electromagnetic wave that travels through space
The second law of thermodynamics. It states that the amount of entropy (a measure of disorder) in the universe inevitably increases with time. Entropy is sometimes called time’s arrow because it may explain why time only flows in one direction – towards increasing entropy.
The energy of light. Here h is Planck’s constant, c is the speed of light, and λ is the wavelength of the light. Shorter wavelengths of light, like X-rays and ultraviolet, carry more energy.
The Hubble–Lemaître law describes the expansion of the universe. Specifically, it says that the speed (v) with which a galaxy is moving away from us is proportional to its distance (D). Pioneering observations that led to the discovery of this law were made at Lowell Observatory by Vesto Slipher
The Stefan-Boltzmann law shows how a star’s luminosity depends on its radius (R) and temperature (T). The strong dependence on temperature means that a hotter star is much more luminous than a cooler one.
The equation of an ellipse. Kepler’s first law of planetary motion says that the planets follow elliptical orbits around the Sun.
Ludwig Boltzmann’s equation for entropy reveals a deep connection between the microscopic and macroscopic worlds. It shows that atoms are inevitably arranged in increasingly diverse ways as the universe evolves.