Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Pen #7: Look! Up in the Sky!

This is the latest in a series of posts about pens. I'm a pen freak. I can't afford most of the pens I'll be blogging about, but a girl can dream, can't she?

My son mentioned to me that there was some cool celestial happening going on and I saw it last night. Here's some info about it from the Griffith Observatory. They're a little confused on their dates, so I'm not sure if they mean Monday, last night, or Dec. 3, Wednesday.

This week brings the climax to the pairing of the brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, in the evening sky. This spectacle is best seen at about 6:00 p.m., when the two planets are about 17 degrees above the southwest horizon. Jupiter is nearly 5 degrees to the upper left of brighter Venus on Wednesday night, the 26th. They continue to draw closer until they reach conjunction, their closest approach to each other, on Sunday night, November 30. The planets are then separated by just over two degrees. The grouping is made even more spectacular by the presence of the slender crescent moon, just 7 degrees below the planets. This trio will be at their most attractive on the next night, Monday, December 3, with Jupiter 2.2 degrees to the right of Venus, and the moon only 4 degrees to the upper right of the pair. On following nights, Jupiter will appear farther from Venus, moving down and to the right. The planets set at about 7:40 p.m.

So, in honor of this, I present the Galileo pen.

The hand painted midnight navy cap radiates color from cosmic orange to celestial gold. Atop the cap lies a sterling silver three-dimensional portrait of Galileo gazing towards the heavens. The clip modeled after parts of his telescope, directs the eye towards "Galileo", which is emblazoned into the band at the bottom of the cap. A unique, hand painted, mother of pearl barrel marries images of celestial constellations along with an artistic interpretation of their symbolism. The dark night sky provides exceptional contrast for these luminescent figures.

This pen is only $4750.00. They only made 388 of them, so what are you waiting for?

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Anonymous Robin said...

Oh, that's a beautiful pen! And yes! I've seen Venus and Jupiter! I saw them on Saturday and Sunday night, but didn't realize what planets they were until mention of them in the Times yesterday. Cool!

6:53 AM  
Blogger Kate Willoughby said...

I was amazed at how bright they were because when I saw them it wasn't even dark yet!

8:18 AM  

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