Per aspera ad astra

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Per aspera ad astra, 1894

Per aspera ad astra or Ad astra per aspera is a Latin phrase which means any of the following: "Through hardships to the stars", "A rough road leads to the stars" or "To the stars through difficulties". The phrase is one of many Latin sayings which use the expression Ad astra.


Various organizations and groups use this expression and its variants.



  • The title of a song by Haggard (band) from their Eppur Si Muove album.
  • The subtitle of Sergei Bortkiewicz's 3rd piano concerto.
  • The subtitle of Moritz Moszkowski's set of fifteen Études de Virtuosité for piano, op. 72 (published 1903).
  • The title of the first Album by Kansas Bible Company
  • The title of a piece by Greek composer Panayiotis Demopoulos for harp and percussion (2012).
  • The Pee Wee Gaskins's album entitled "Ad Astra Per Aspera" and one instrumental in it called "To The Stars With All We've Got".
  • Acceptance has an instrumental track on their Phantoms album titled "Ad Astra Per Aspera."
  • Swedish heavy metal band Ghost has a track titled "Per Aspera ad Inferi" on their second album, Infestissumam.
  • The title of the fourth album by ambient music duo Stars of the Lid.

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  • Escuela Nacional de Música, Tegucigalpa


  • Clarence High School, Bangalore, Karnataka, India - Motto of Redwood House (Ad Astra)
  • St.Augustine's High School, kalimpong, District:Darjeeling, India
  • Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC), New Delhi, India.
  • The Frank Anthony Public School,Kolkata,India
  • St Joseph's High School, Dharwad, Karnataka, India


  • Immaculate Conception High School, St. Andrew
  • Mount Alvernia High School, Montego Bay


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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[edit]



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