Wednesday, November 25, 2009

“All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.”

Isaac Asimov's great short story "Nightfall" details a planet named Lagash that, with six suns, exists in perpetual sunlight. Only once every 2,049 years does Nightfall occur and the site of the stars seems so incredible, so mind-boggling and astounding that scientists are afraid that people might go insane at the sight. Asimov was always taken by the beauty of the stars and his point, that we take their radiance for granted constantly, should not be ignored. Therefore, it's always a great pleasure to support the Montauk Observatory for their astronomical exploration, their family-friendly events, including stargazing, and their leadership in the field of astronomy.