A light lecture on light concerning
its nature, origination, detection and disclosure of insights to the universe will be presented. Radio astronomy will be addressed
in the context of other spectral tools and as a door-opener for amateurs.
Astronomy in literature is
not always metaphorical. For example, celestial navigation, without the benefit of a pole star, is addressed in Homer’s
Classic Greek epic, “The Odyssey.” After the Trojan War, the hero, Ulysses, embarks on some great exploration
but is shipwrecked and imprisoned before he gets home 20 years later. Eventually, the sympathetic goddess, Calypso, releases
him and prescribes sailing directions from Malta, just south
of Italy, to his beloved Ithaca,
Greece across the Mediterranean Sea. The
focus of the talk will be on this final odyssey. The PowerPoint presentation is geared for the general public interested
Though a mythological
story, it is based on some historical and geographical facts. The night sky, the climate, the ocean currents, the wind and
the weather are all examined in context which reveal the challenges faced by Ulysses during his final voyage home.