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Album: The Piper At The Gates Of DawnReleased: 1967
"Astronomy" is the study of celestial bodies, and to "Domineer" is to control something in an arrogant way. So "Astronomy Domine" means to control space for personal needs. This probably represents the space race between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics during the Cold War era.
"Oberon, Miranda and Titania" are all moons of Uranus and are also characters in Shakespeare's plays (Oberon and Titania, King and Queen of the Fairies in A Midsummer Night's Dream
; Miranda, daughter of Prospero in The Tempest
). "Titan" is the largest moon of Saturn.
The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
was a hit album in England, where it reached #6. Pink Floyd got some attention when they toured there with Jimi Hendrix in 1967.
Regarding the lyrics, "Stairway scare, Dan Dare, who's there?" Dan Dare is a British science fiction comic hero created by illustrator Frank Hampson, and is referenced in this song with obvious references to Space, planets, and their moons. Syd Barrett's guitar is also suggestive of the brass motif from "Mars, the Bringer of War" in Gustav Holst's The Planets.
There is some Morse Code at the beginning of this song, which was a way to transmit messages using a series of long and short tones. Plenty of people tried to decipher the code in this song, only to realize it was just a random series of tones with no meaning.