On a summer night when I was five, the temperature in the house at sunset still stood at over a hundred degrees, so my mother took cots outside for sleeping. I looked up at the darkening sky and asked, “Mommy, what are those? to which she replied, “Those are stars — you’ve often seen them!” I am reported to have responded, “But I never knew they stayed out all night!” And that was the beginning of my love affair with the stars.
– Owen Gingerich, God’s Universe
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