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Walter M Miller Jr


A Canticle For Leibowitz
Year 1959
Publisher Corgi  (Weidenfeld & Nicholson)
ISBN 0552094749



After the Fallout, when the Atomic Rain had stopped, the plagues and madness began.  And after that came the Simplification when the people - those who were left - turned against the rulers, the teachers, the scientists who had turned the world into a barren desert.  All knowledge was destroyed, all the learned were killed - only Leibowitz managed to save some of the books that had brought man to his present impasse ...

And the monks of the order of Leibowitz inherited the sacred relics - spent their lives copying, engraving, interpreting the holy fragments, trying to save the wisdom of the ancients from the destruction threatened by a barbaric and medieval world ...

Twelve hundred years after the Fallout the darkest of dark ages has passed and human intelligence has been reborn.  And in a monastery cell the monks and novices of the Blessed Order of Leibowitz pore over the records left by the Saint - then, fearfully, tentatively, they begin to experiment with electric light ...





Supernova remnant



Credit: NASA

Supernova Remnant
In the nearby galaxy known as the Small Magellanic Cloud, a massive star has exploded as a supernova and begun to dissipate its interior into a spectacular display of colorful filaments, reminiscent of fireworks display.

The supernova remnant (SNR), known as "E0102" for short, is the greenish-blue shell of debris just below the center of this image from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. This delicate structure, glowing a multitude of lavenders and peach hues, resides in the upper right of the image.

Determined to be only about 2,000 years old, E0102 is relatively young on astronomical scales and is just beginning its interactions with the nearby interstellar medium. Young supernova remnants like E0102 allow astronomers to examine material from the cores of massive stars directly. This in turn gives insight on how stars form, their composition, and the chemical enrichment of the surrounding area. As well, young remnants are a great learning tool to better understand the physics of supernova explosions.

The Small Magellanic Cloud is a nearby dwarf galaxy to our own Milky Way. It is visible in the Southern Hemisphere, in the direction of the constellation Tucana, and lies roughly 210,000 light-years distant.

NASA Image of the day archive





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