A copy of Beautiful Universe appeared on our kitchen table recently, an old copy from 2010.
Leafing through it, I was captured by the glorious photos - but also enraptured by the gorgeous words. What's not to love about these?
pillars of creation
And Mooselookmeguntic. Wow! I'd like to live in a place with that name, especially if I could look up and see Saturn, Mars, Regulus and the crescent Moon lined up across the sky.
But I'll freely admit names like NGC 6820, IC 5070 and Messier 45 do't grab me.
I think I'll bookmark NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day to look at whenever the abysmal stupidity of the human race starts to get me down. It's a big beautiful universe out there, and we have words to describe it.