Culture and Cosmos is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the history of astrology and cultural astronomy published in association with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Vol 18 no 2 (Autumn/Winter 2014 will be published in July/August 2016. Vol. 19 (2015) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2013 Sophia Centre conference on Celestial Magic and is scheduled for publication in September/October 2016. Vol. 20 (2016) will be a double issue featuring the proceedings of the 2014 Sophia Centre conference on the Marriage of Heaven and Earth.

Volume 16

The Inspiration of Astronomical Phenomena

Chris Impey


This paper is an overview of the diverse ways in which the phenomena of astronomy have penetrated and enriched culture (e.g. the pumpernickel in a loaf of marble rye). Humans have always been able to keep the universe in their heads, but that universe has grown from the proximate, sheltering canopy of stars to a vast panoply of planets, stars, galaxies and cosmic cataclysms. These phenomena have inspired and insinuated themselves into the humanities, literature, the visual and performing arts and new forms of expression made possible by computers and the Internet. This multimedia tour attempts to recapitulate and encapsulate the INSAP concept.

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