The Epic Stars

Blaeu, Willem, Map 1, one set of three gores from Sphaera Stellifera.


The heroic stars spending themselves,
Coining their very flesh into bullets for the lost battle,
They must burn out at length like used candles;
And Mother Night will weep in her triumph, taking home her heroes.
There is the stuff for an epic poem,
This magnificent raid at the heart of darkness, this lost battle-
We don’t know enough, we’ll never know.
Oh happy Homer, taking the stars and the gods for granted.

Jeffers, Robinson. The Beginning and the End. New York: Random House, 1963. p. 24.

Image found in
Warner, Deborah J. The Sky Explored: Celestial Cartography 1500-1800. New York: Alan R Liss, Inc., 1979. p.29.

Blaeu celestial globe here

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  1. The celestial scale is a good place to observe who we humans really are and our great importance to a universe where star dust gathers into the blaze of distant suns.

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