Mid March Mars Madness

Percival Lowell at google Mars is celebrating Percival Lowell who was born on March 13.

Percival was a businessman, author, mathematician, and astronomer who fueled speculation that there were canals on Mars, founded the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, and formed the beginning of the effort that led to the discovery of Pluto 14 years after his death.

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Percival observing Venus from the Lowell Observatory in 1914.

  • Percival Lowell and his book on Korea
    Percival Lowell
    (Right image source)

    Mars and Its Canals his sketch of canals, more interesting image of his drawing.

    “Shifting his interests to astronomy, he established the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona in 1894 and in 1895 wrote the first of his three books about the planet Mars. Although Lowell mistakenly concluded that Mars displayed evidence of intelligent beings, he awakened wide popular interest in the planet, including fantasy literature, War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells in 1898, as well as a riot inducing 1938 radio broadcast declaring Invasion from Mars by Orson Wells” (Via)

    “Many Flee Homes to Escape ‘Gas Raid From Mars’–Phone Calls Swamp Police at Broadcast of Wells Fantasy
    This article appeared in the New York Times on Oct. 31, 1938.” (Radio’s War of the Worlds Broadcast – from here)
    “Eventually Lowell’s theory was discredited. We have not, however, given up on our search for signs of life on Mars. Recent missions to Mars have discovered features on the surface that bare an extraordinary resemblance to dry river beds on Earth. It is possible that there may have been liquid water on the surface of Mars, and therefore, there may have been life.”Misunderstanding Mars.

    Lowell’s birth chart, here
    (Planets all in one corner – inclined to tunnel vision or canal vision).

    Two hustlers from the right share a birthday on March 11, Antonin Scalia and Rupert Murdoch. Scalia no longer goes duck hunting with Cheney but he is alive and serving the bench.
    March 11 is the birthday of Terrence Howard of “Hustle and Flow”. He plays a pimp in the movie.
    Our planet has a way of balancing good and evil, Jack Kerouac and Edward Albee were born on March 12 to give us literature and truthiness.

    Let us watch our planets in motion.
    Draw a flower with Moon’s motion.

    Mars retrograde.