How time flies! This year is the 70th anniversary of the publishing of Antoine de Saint ExupÃ©ryâs beloved book The Little Prince. To celebrate, photographer Jean-Luc Dauvergne allowed his little figure of le petit prince to watch the northern lights flow and sway in the skies over Norway:
Lovely! And appropriate: The other day, I wrote about the B612 Foundation, dedicated to saving the Earth from asteroid impacts. They chose that name because itâs the name Saint ExupÃ©ry chose for the home asteroid of the little prince. So in a way, this is art and life imitating each other, a nice closed loop of science and beauty.
Post script: Physicist Matthew Francis wrote a short, fun essay about what the asteroid B-612 would really be like if it were real. [And an update: I messed up my French grammar! I corrected "petite" to "petit" in the text, and fixed the title, too. My thanks (merci!) to Curtis Burisch for pointing this out to me.]