This whimsical fitted v-neck tee shirt depicts all of the planets and Pluto, the dwarf planet, dancing with the branches of a silhouetted tree. The Lowell Observatory logo appears below in the roots of the tree that resemble our star, the Sun. One might say that this graphic represents the beautiful words by Carl Sagen:
"Our Sun is a second- or third-generation star. All of the rocky and metallic material we stand on, the iron in our blood, the calcium in our teeth, the carbon in our genes were produced billions of years ago in the interior of a red giant star. We are made of star-stuff."
The real beauty of this shirt, however, is in how you interpret it!
Fitted V-neck tee shirt
Design on front-left only
Made in India
Screen print in USA
Did you know...
Carl Sagan filmed an episode of Cosmos, appropriately about Mars, with our very own Clark Telescope?
The episode was titled "Cosmos: A personal Voyage."
What else has happened at the Clark Telescope?
In 1895, Lowell Observatory founder Percival Lowell commissioned the Alvan Clark & Sons Firm of Cambridgeport, Massachusetts to build a state-of-the-art 24-inch refracting telescope. Since completion of the project the following year, the telescope has been in regular use to view the heavens and help unravel the wonders of the universe. The facility is now undergoing a renovation requiring disassembly of the telescope and replacement of parts no longer functioning properly.
Percival Lowell initially used the telescope to further his legendary theories about intelligent life on Mars, research that brought worldwide attention to Lowell Observatory. Percival’s elegant writings about his research, based on observations made with the Clark Telescope, inspired the work of both scientists, such as rocket expert Robert Goddard, and writers, including science fiction icons H.G Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs.
Later generations used the Clark Telescope to study double planets, moons, comets, and more. Of particular note, V.M. Slipher revolutionized our understanding of space with his observations of the expanding nature of the universe. He made these fundamental discoveries while using the Clark Telescope in conjunction with an instrument called a spectrograph, a device astronomers use to not only determine the composition of celestial objects, but also detect their line-of-site-motion.
In the 1960s, a team of scientists and artists used the Clark Telescope to create detailed maps of the moon in support of America’s manned voyages to the moon. Apollo astronauts studied these maps and some even used the Clark Telescope for part of their training to go to the moon.
By the 1980s, education replaced research as the primary use of the Clark Telescope. Since then, more than two million guests have had the opportunity to enjoy the telescope by joining daytime historic tours or viewing celestial objects during the evening. In 2016, over 98,000 people – including 7,500 school children – visited the facility.