“Astronomy, by the eminence of its subject and the flawlessness of its theories, is the most beautiful monument of the human spirit, the most distinguished decoration of its intellectual achievement.” — Pierre-Simon Laplace (1835)

“If there is anything that can bind the heavenly mind of man to this dreary exile of our earthly home and can reconcile us with our fate so that one can enjoy living – then it is verily the enjoyment of the mathematical sciences and astronomy.” — Johannes Kepler