Elements of the Universe: Astron – 12 Words

astronomy

the branch of physics that studies celestial bodies

Astronomy has been a part of Hawaiian heritage since Polynesian sailors reached the islands more than 1,000 years ago, navigating by the stars.Nature (Aug 3, 2015)
astronomical

inconceivably large

Health care costs were astronomical and continuing to escalate.Washington Post (Jul 8, 2015)
astrology

divination by the positions of the planets and sun and moon

Most people are unaware of the fact that rulers perceived astrology for almost a century as “science” – pretty much as some perceive “macro-economics” these days. Forbes (Apr 27, 2015)
astrophysics

the study of the properties of celestial bodies

Hubble has taught us that to answer the most intriguing questions in astrophysics, we must think big and put scientific ambition ahead of budgetary concerns.Nature (Apr 14, 2015)
astrobiology

the branch of biology concerned with the effects of outer space on living organisms and the search for extraterrestrial life

There was a time when the motto of NASA’s Astrobiology Institute was “follow the water.”Slate (Jun 8, 2015)
astronaut

a person trained to travel in a spacecraft

Astronauts have been growing crops in space for years for research, but this is the first time they have been allowed to eat their produce.BBC (Aug 10, 2015)
asteroid

a small celestial body composed of rock and metal

Unlike other natural disasters, an asteroid strike is preventable.National Geographic (Aug 3, 2015)
asterisk

a star-shaped character used in printing

While the crowd in the Bronx cheered him, there are many fans who will forever attach an asterisk to anything Rodriguez accomplishes.Washington Times (Jun 20, 2015)
aster

a chiefly fall-blooming herb with showy daisylike flowers

The asterworts, that is, such flowers as the daisy, aster, golden rod, dandelion and thistle, are particularly full of beauty.Sargent, Frederick Leroy
astral

being or relating to or resembling or emanating from stars

A sort of ethereal mask, enveloping him in astral light, made him appear handsome and gave him a new physiognomy, Apollo-like and triumphant.Blasco Ib??ez, Vicente
astrolabe

an early form of sextant

Who needs a GPS when you’ve got an astrolabe and a drooling hound dog at your hip?Newsweek
astrolatry

the worship of planets or stars

The same as other races, they came through the usual steps in religious progress—Fetishism, Astrolatry, Polytheism and Monotheism.Frederickson, Charles W.

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