Quasars, Carbon Stars, Bass Guitars...


"If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern."
- William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell

"We are all lying in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
- Oscar Wilde

"Everything under heaven is in utter chaos; the situation is excellent."
- Chairman Mao Tse Tung

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read."
- Groucho

"After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn't it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it?"
- Richard Dawkins

"Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that."
- Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope: The Essential Writings and Speeches

My email address is pgreen at cfa dot harvard dot edu
Phone is (617)495-7057 and FAX (617)495-7356, at the
Center for Astrophysics,
60 Garden St., Cambridge MA 02138

The image backgound is from Hubble, showing a distant cluster of (mostly red) galaxies acting as a gravitational lens, producing the optical illusion of 4 (blue) images of the same background quasar.