Astronomy, amongst all the sciences, is unusual in it's ability to inspire. Through the ages, and in almost every culture on Earth objects in the sky have been the subject of countless drawings, poems and pieces of music. This page is devoted to all forms of Art which are inspired by or include references to Astronomy.
Many thanks to a "Curious" reader whose question on the link between astronomy and poetry sparked this addition to the "Curious" site. There are many poems including references to astronomy. A selection are included here:
- Dachshunds, by William Jay Smith.
- Mother Goose's Garland, by Archibald MacLeish
- Escape At Bedtime, by Robert Louis Stevenson
- Reason Has Moons, by Ralph Hodgeson
- The Rabbits' Song Outside The Tavern, by Elizabeth Coatsworth
(Note: I have not checked if there is a copyright remaining on these poems. If the inclusion of a poem infringes on your copyright please email us and we will gladly take it down. As astronomy grad students we probably have less money than most poets so there's really no point in sueing us).
There are already a lot of good sites on the web which discuss the topic of Astronomy in the Arts, so we will not repeat them here, but instead provide a large number of links below.
The Ask an Astronomer team's favorite links about Astronomy in the Arts:
- Lynette Cook's Space Art: see the work of one of today's best known space artists.
- NovaSpace: claims to be the largest on-line gallery of Space Art.
- Astronomy in Movies: Accurate information and misleading science in Hollywood.
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