Apollotown Muses vs Solarcity PlanetsA Personal Cosmic Game Report
In a contest between mythology and science, the Nine Muses played the Nine Planets in a cosmic baseball game of celestial proportions. Science won the game. The Planets, despite a mediocre pitching performance from Mercury, seized on the Muses' own pitching problems in the form of a complete loss of control by the Muse Calliope in the fourth inning and snatched a game that maybe neither team deserved to win.
Doubles- Thalia, Urania, Clio, Uranus
Doubleplays- Muses: 2
First Inning (Muses)- Thalia hits a solo homerun over the leftfield wall. Muses lead, 1-0.|
Fourth Inning (Planets)- Uranus leads off with a standup double. Mars and Pluto walk to load the bases. Jupiter lines out to the shortstop, bases still loaded with one out. Venus draws a walk scoring Uranus. Bases are still loaded. Mercury slaps a single into rightfield scoring Mars and Pluto. Earth walks. Bases are loaded again. Neptune walks scoring Venus. Planets lead, 4-1.
Fifth Inning (Muses)- Terpsichore draws a two-out walk. Thalia hits a single. Urania hits a single scoring Terpsichore. Planets win, 4-2.
Muse of Epic Poetry
Muse of History
Muse of Lyric Poetry
Muse of Music
Muse of Tragedy
Muse of Comedy
Muse of Dance
Muse of Pantomime
Muse of Astronomy
THE NINE MUSES are the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne (Memory). Each Muse is associated with a particular branch of art or science and collectively they inspire the creative capabilities of the human soul. The color violet is frequently used to describe various physical characteristics of the Muses.|
Nearly every significant classical author mentions the Muses in one context or another. Hesiod calls Callipoe the chief Muse (Theogeny, 75.). Homer tells the story of Thamyris who boasted that he could sing more beautifully than the Muses (Iliad, 2.594). For his hubris the sweet sisters blinded him. Pausanias claims the Muses sang at the wedding of Harmonia and X (Description of Greece, 9.12.3). The Sirens challenged the Muses to a competition of sorts to determine who sang more melodically. The Muses won and legend has it as victors they plucked the feathers from the Sirens and made headbands from the spoils (Description of Greece, 9.34.3).
Aeschylus, Aeschines, Pseudo-Applodorus, Aristophanes, Aristotle, Cicero, Euripedes, Horace, Ovid, Pindar, Plato, Plutarch, Sophocles, Strabo and Virgil all had something to say about the Nine Muses.
There appear to be two sets of Muses: elder and younger. The elder set consisted of three Muses called Melete (practice), Mneme (memory) and Aoede (song). This seems to be Thracian in origin. Later, the younger or Nine Muses, as shown here, entered the mythology, most likely due to Macedonian influences in Thrace (see Description of Greece, 9.29.2).
Poets and other artists invoke the Muses for inspiration. To have the attention of a Muse is to be creatively inspired. In his play, The Birds, Aristophanes writes: "All we poets are the assiduous slaves of the Muses."
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Visited by one spacecraft: Mariner 10 (1973)
First visited by Mariner 2 (1962)
Unconfimred extra-terrestial visits
First visited by Mariner 4 (1965)
First visited by Pioneer 10 (1973)
First visited by Pioneer 11 (1979)
Visited by one spacecraft: Voyager 2 (1986)
Visited by one spacecraft: Voyager 2 (1989)
No spacecraft has visited
THE NINE PLANETS in our solar system were all discovered by 1930. Until the 17th century six celestial planets were known: Earth, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Uranus was discovered by William Herschel on March 13, 1781. Neptune was spotted on September 23,1846 and Pluto was discovered by accident by astronomer Clyde Tombaugh in 1930.|
The origin of our solar system is, of course, not precisely known. One theory suggests that some 4.5 billion years ago a solar nebulae (consisting of interstellar gas) collapsed causing a rise in temperature. As the heat increased the center of the nebulae began to compress. This compressed center became a proto-star. Proto-planetary bodies and gas giants collided forming larger objects that eventually became the Sun, the planets and the planetary moons.
In recent years there has been speculation that life existed on the planet Mars. However, it is unlikely that there are other intelligent lifeforms in our solar system. Man will have to venture beyond the neighborhood in search for other intelligent beings. Or, perhaps we might be host to visitors from beyond our solar system.
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