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Letter: Stories help illuminate the cosmos

Dear Editor:

The heavens have always filled humankind with a sense of wonder and awe. Cultures across the globe developed stories to explain the the night sky and celestial objects’ movement long before there were scientific answers about them. Today, these same stories still can help us make sense of the stars as they help us to identify constellations and provide children with background knowledge on which to hang their newfound scientific understanding.

Spellbinders storytellers — volunteers from a nationwide organization that helps build literacy in school classrooms — will be joining astronomers, astrophysicists and members of the Aspen Science Center at “The World’s Most Awesome Stargazing Event at 11,212 Feet” tonight atop Aspen Mountain as part of the Aspen Ideas Fest. Come hear myths and legends of the night sky from these incredible storytellers along with the latest in scientific research. Can’t make it to the event? Learn about how ancient cultures made sense of the night sky by visiting http://www.spellbinders.org, and become an armchair star traveler.

Thank you to the nearly 400 Spellbinders storytellers across the nation that put in more than 10,000 hours of volunteer service to make community events like this one a success and to give wings to children’s imaginations.

Catherine Scales Johnson

Executive director, Spellbinders

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