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Both the humans trembled– Merlin because he did not know what was coming, Ransom because he knew. And now it came. It was fiery, sharp, bright and ruthless, ready to kill, ready to die, outspeeding light: it was Charity, not as mortals imagine it, not even as it has been humanised for them since the Incarnation of the Word, but the translunary virtue, fallen upon them direct from the Third Heaven, unmitigated. They were blinded, scorched, deafened. They thought it would burn their bones. They could not bear that it should continue. They could not bear that it should cease. So Perelandra, triumphant among planets, whom men call Venus, came and was with them in the room.

C.S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength

Jumping from one commitment to another tonight, I struggled through Seattle traffic to try and reach a clear place to watch the heavens at 5:50 P.M. The sun was setting and the planet Venus would be burning brightly next to a crescent moon.

In both of the above shots, you can see a tiny dot to the upper right of the moon. That is Venus, our sister planet, the morning and evening star. Second from the sun, the closest planet to Earth, she spins the opposite direction and has a surface temperature around 863 degrees.

There are many amazing things to know about Venus.

As I hurried along to get to a more open place, I could hardly believe that I was witnessing this. An aircraft was heading right for Venus and the moon! I ran south and took this photo as it passed over Venus.

This aircraft skimmed the top of Venus and sailed like an arrow towards the moon. There was nothing else in the sky when this happened; this was phenomenal.

Wow!

Threading the moon…

That moment left me in awe. Of all of the places a flying machine could have been in this vast expanse of sky… I was blessed to witness that!

Luna on the left, Pelelandra on the right. What a night.

The color of the sky changed rapidly like an undulating octopus blending into a Kandinsky painting.

One must wonder if someone was standing on the moon waving at Venus.

What cosmological protoplasm is this? In several shots, Venus appeared as a burning sphere of citrine.

Good to see you, neighbors.

Que bella noche…

Venus and Mars are our next of kin: they are the two most Earth-like planets that we know about. They’re the only two other very Earth-like planets in our solar system, meaning they orbit close to the sun; they have rocky surfaces and thin atmospheres.

David Grinspoon

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Today we learned that Leonard Nimoy, best known as Spock in the Star Trek television series and movies, passed away. A coworker brought this tribute to my attention, Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83.

Spock’s not supposed to die. He comes back. This is like hearing that Dr. Seuss has entered the great beyond. It’s not possible– is it?

Many younger people don’t know that Nimoy released a handful of albums containing both pop music and the spoken word. He had a rich, melodious voice, and as a kid I discovered the above track that epitomized Spock’s worldview, Highly Illogical.

For those who don’t know (as the car insurance commercial says, have you been living under a rock?), Spock was a product of a Vulcan (alien) father and human mother. He wrestled with his two worlds, one which was very scientific and– yep– logical, and the other which could be reactionary and emotional.

Perhaps what made the Spock character so popular is that we, part flesh and part spirit, can relate to this conflict. We are not the original design; we are a creation corrupted by our own choices, so we spend our lives warring between what we want to do and what we ought to do. We struggle with two identities, the temporal and the eternal.

C.S. Lewis said, “Humans are amphibians…half spirit and half animal…as spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time. This means that while their spirit can be directed to an eternal object, their bodies, passions, and imaginations are in continual change, for to be in time, means to change. Their nearest approach to constancy, therefore, is undulation–the repeated return to a level from which they repeatedly fall back, a series of troughs and peaks.”

That’s logical to me. Spock struggled with this and in him we recognized parts of ourselves.

Rest in peace, Leonard Nimoy.

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