Thursday, June 04, 2009

Looking at the Sky on Friday - 17


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I got a book in the mail yesterday. It’s called Measuring the Earth: Eratosthenes and His Celestial Geometry by Mary Gow. Mary writes middle school science biographies -- books intended to be curriculum compatible that give students introductions to the lives, times, and achievements of men and women who played significant roles in the history of science. The books are published by Enslow Publishers in the Great Minds of Science series.

The book looks quite interesting. I’m not a middle school science student, but I’m planning to read it, and I’m sure I’ll learn a few things. For now my favorite page is Page 51. Why, you ask? Because my photo is on Page 51!

There it is – my photo on Page 51 and also on my computer screen.

Mary Gow contacted me about a year ago and asked if she could use my photo because she was looking for “a clear photograph that shows Earth's curved shadow on the face of the moon, as described by Aristotle in the fourth century BC.” Of course, that’s exactly what I was thinking of when I took the photo of the lunar eclipse. OK, you got me, I wasn’t thinking of any such thing. I was just trying to get a good picture of the eclipse, but of course I agreed to let Mary use my photo.

It looks nice there, doesn’t it? Here’s the original photo:

Just look at that curve!

ETA (in response to Jim): Mary Gow first found my photo on Wikimedia, and it was there because it was first posted on Flickr - this photo has been around, I guess. Mary does occasionally read my blog now.

If you enjoy skies as much as I do, be sure to check out Looking at the Sky on Friday.


  1. Congratulations Anna! I am guessing M. Gow knows you or reads your blog? I wonder what I have for science? Gee, ...
    Happy Sky Looking, thank you for your visit and for your nice comment. It would be nice to be able to afford living in that house, we do have some rich neighbors around here.

  2. That's a terrific achievement! And what a shot!

  3. wow congrats! that's a very good shot!

  4. that's amazing! congratulations!

  5. that's so cool!
    how exciting

    your photo is most definitely worthy of being published

    and I love the way you shot the book and your photo on the screen

  6. Congratulations! Very kewl ;--)
    Hugs and blessings,


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