Southern Maine Astronomers
Portland Press Herald: ‘Ring of fire’ partial eclipse Thursday morning for Maine
Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse
SMA members Rob Burgess and James Shields with our solar viewing scopes and binoculars are seen in this video by WMTW-TV.
When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer
By Walt Whitman
When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.