The Nomenclature of Color

From Arterial Blood Red to Peach Blossom,

we name colors for what we know.

Tiger Lily Orange is not Candied Yam.

Chalk White differs next to Marshmallow White.

Her skin, your skin, sunlit and moonlit.


My title is taken from Werner’s Nomenclature of Colour (1814) which constructs a taxonomy for the classification of color with reference to things in the natural world.

Flying Between the Sun and Jupiter

today, along with all of you.                 Earth
moves between largest planet and our star.
I like traveling in our solar system.
Astronomers say it’s an opposition of Jupiter.
But I am not opposed to either.



Hubble Captures Vivid Auroras in Jupiter’s Polar Atmosphere – NASA image

Jupiter is at its closest this year (opposition) on June 12. Jupiter shines more brightly than any star in the evening sky. At this 2019 opposition, Jupiter shines in the vicinity of Antares, the brightest star in the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion. You can see both Venus and Jupiter at morning dawn if you have an unobstructed view. Venus will be low in the east while Jupiter is low in the west.

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