Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (10):
Thinking of Astronomy from the Catholic World
By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design)
To continue my invitation to universal harmony, based on astronomical aspects of various cultures of the world, on October 18, 2020 the Sun himself and a sun painted by child directed me to the sculpted sun of the Catholic Cathedral in Bucharest, an edifice made in Romanic-Gothic style by the Romanian state in the 1870s (although most Romanians are of the Orthodox Christian faith), where I took a few pictures in daylight.
I returned there on October 22 to take two pictures with the Moon (to the left of the perspective) and Mars (very small because of light pollution, to the left of the solar symbol) during the evening.
I didn’t think of the much commented historical mistakes that the most widespread church in the world has made, the grandeur of the place inspired me to meditate on the pioneers in various fields of astronomy that the Catholic space gave to the world: Lupitus of Barcelona (in Spain), Georg von Peuerbach (in Austria), Rui Faleiro (in Portugal), Nicolaus Copernicus (in Poland), Galileo Galilei (in Italy), Charles Messier (in France), Georges Lemaitre (in Belgium) and many others.
I also thought about the third chapter, “Paradise”, of Dante Alighieri’s magnificent long poem ”The Divine Comedy”, in which he described the Universe after the geocentric conception of the Catholic Church - taken from Ancient Greece.
Even the International Astronomical Union was created in France after World War I and the great international “cities” of telescopes in La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain), in the northern hemisphere, and the Chilean mountains, in the southern hemisphere, are placed also in the Catholic space.
So I greeted all the great astronomers who came from the Catholic world.
Then I went down more in time and also greeted those who made an immense antique empire, named the solar system’s planets after the ancient gods and then created the Catholic world.
Yes, the Romans and their descendants
had the power
to turn the god of war, Mars,
into the fourth planet from the Sun.