I am happy to report that the James Webb Space Telescope, our giant heat-seeking eye in space, launched successfully, on Dec. 24 or 25, depending on which continent your clock was in. It is now on its way to its stable position, about a million miles from Earth. If you want to follow along, to see where the telescope is and what stage of its complex deployment it is in, see the website: https://webb.nasa.gov/content/webbLaunch/whereIsWebb.html
Of the grand order of folio leviathans, the Sperm Whale and the Right Whale are by far the most noteworthy. They are the only whales regularly hunted by man. To the Nantucketer, they present the two extremes of all the known varieties of the whale. As the external difference between them is mainly observable in their heads; and as a head of each is this moment hanging from the Pequod's side.