Everytime I'm listening to a podcast on science - on the mystery of the atoms, the beauty of the paradoxes, and the complexities of the most basic elements, I couldn't help but wonder how much privilege I have to be able to ponder on these invisible web of poetries that is all around us. At… Continue reading When is Science for Indonesians?
#fiction “A man destined to drown, can never burnt.” – Regina Spektor One of the first thought that comes to Gio’s mind this morning is the next door's pizza he ate last night. But perhaps that’s because his fingers still smell like pizza and the same hand was covering his face all night from San… Continue reading Pizza
One of the greatest things about astronomy is that it makes us feel small. Imagine this: you’re sitting underneath the evening’s glorious dome, mind halfway to Neptune, pondering about the constellations out there, then retreating to the constellations within. Infinity can make any heart skips a beat. The universe is 13.7 billion light years and… Continue reading “Tiny blue marble lost in darkness.”
“I prefer the time of insects to the time of stars.” - Wisława Szymborska In 1856, Sultan Pakubhuwana VII from Java, created an agricultural calendar using the conspicuous hunter figure in the sky, Orion. In the northern hemisphere, Orion is a broad-shouldered hunter who is ready to take down his prey. Betelgeuse, one of the… Continue reading Waluku, our own Orion
"I'd hate to pass through a planet and not leave it better than I found it." Sun Ra “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere,” said the beloved astronomer and storyteller, Carl Sagan. The 20s-50s period were the glowing years of astronomy. Within a short few decades,… Continue reading A story of Sun Ra
I always find the Moon to be a poetic piece in the sky. Its origin and reality is quite an anomaly. As a satellite, it’s a giant. When other satellites are only 0.04% the size of its planet, our Moon’s size is a quarter of the Earth’s. The Moon doesn’t have atmosphere, and one time,… Continue reading Campfires in the sky
"Anyone who writes down to children is simply wasting his time. You have to write up, not down." E.B. White Enter a child’s headspace and you will find a perpetually unfolding space for stories and beauty. Children are driven by wonder and endless curiosities. Yet children’s books rarely capture this spirit. They downsize big ideas—in… Continue reading Writing for children