Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Forensic Astronomy!

Donald Olson, a physicist from Texas State University, is a forensic astronomer. He studies references to celestial events in works of art and literature.

Check out this interview with Dr. Olson in which he describes the process of investigating the meteor painted by Frederic Edwin Church (pictured) and described by Walt Whitman in his poem "Year of Meteors, 1859 '60."


  1. Hi,
    It would be great if you opened a Cc:Everybody account (cceverybody.com) and give us (your readers) a way of emailing you publicly. This way the work you put into answering those emails won't go to waste in the inbox, and we can all read about your views and opinions about the topic we send you – what do you say?

  2. Thanks for the tip, JP. I'll check that out. In the meantime, feel free to write me at tychocrater@rocketmail.com with thoughts or questions.