"Astronomy: the study of objects and matter outside the earth's atmosphere and of their physical and chemical
properties. Etymology: Middle English astronomie, from Anglo-French, from Latin astronomia, from Greek, from astr- + -nomia
-nomy Date of origin: 13th century." www.merriam-webster.com
"Astronomy is perhaps the science whose discoveries owe least to chance, in which human understanding appears
in its whole magnitude, and through which man can best learn how small he is." G. C. Lichtenberg (1742-99), German
physicist, philosopher. Aphorisms, "Notebook C," aph. 23 (written 1765-99; tr. by R. J. Hollingdale, 1990).
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." Carl Sagan