Category Archives: Space

Aurora Borealis Maine July 4, 1971

On the 4th of July in 1971 John Gilmore, Mark McLaughlin, and Tommie Jordan and I left the South Shore of Boston to holiday in Maine. A large store in New Hampshire sold fireworks. John purchased $20 worth of M-80s and various rockets. The four of us stopped at my grandmother’s cabin on Watchic Pond […]

Next Year Andromeda

Andromeda is the spiral galaxy 225 million light years away from our star system. Four billion years from now the two galaxies are predicted to crash together. None of that will be there to witness that event. When I was a kid in the 1950s, Marvel Comics came out with a story NEXT YEAR ANDROMEDA. […]

Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

Sic transit gloria mundi translates from the dead language of Latin phrase into “Thus passes the glory of the world” in English, even though no one in America speaks that language. There is very little glory left in this world, which is why we look to the stars. Next year Andromeda.

MISSILE AWAY by Peter Nolan Smith

During his youth my older brother was a pyromaniac. Frunk nearly burned down each of our houses and those of our neighbors on several occasions. Each time my mother punished us both with a wooden spoon and my father sternly admonished our incendiary behavior, yet my older brother was undeterred by cracks across the knuckles […]

A Messenger From Afar Visting First

Hawaiian astronomers spotted a cigar-shaped asteroid traversing the solar system at 87,000 mph. The star gazers at the Pan-STARRS1 observatory determined that the 1400 foot long object’s origins were from an unknown star system and named it ‘Oumuamua’ or a ‘a messenger from afar arriving first’. Astronomers added that they had never seen this shape […]