1. The English writer, Virginia Woolf, was greatly influenced by astronomy. “I’m in the mood to dissolve in the sky,” she wrote in her diary in 1918. Woolf read many of the popular astronomy books of her day and kept up with the latest discoveries. Astronomical themes and metaphors, especially telescopes, are sprinkled throughout her stories, novels, and diaries.
2. Before he died in 1956, German astronomer Gustav Stracke asked that no planet be named in his honor. Respecting his wishes, fellow astronomer Karl Reinmuth gave the following names to asteroids that he discovered:
Their first letters spell out G STRACKE. Reinmuth eventually named another asteroid 1019 Strackea.
3. The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri’s epic 14th-century poem, is one of the world’s great literary works and played a big role in the Italian language’s evolution. Its 14,232 lines are divided among three books: Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso. The last word in each of these books is “stars” (stelle).
4. Max Planck was awarded the 1918 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work on quantum theory. The Planck ...