Stellar Nurseries

Within the cradle of a burning core, You wither down and find yourself well worn; As untold pressures crush and shape and bore, Your substance is assaulted, broke and torn. Then just as you think you can take no more, Through flames and righteous heat you are reborn; An all-consuming diamond in the sky, Extinguishing … Read more

Shooting Planets

Within the burning heart of molten rocks, Great pressures forced your brilliance to shine; Inclusions marred your body with their pocks, A brownish hue now laced with olivine. Before you ever had a chance to grow, An interstellar pileup set you free; Thrown out into a cold and blank tableau, An empty, unforgiving, blackened sea. … Read more

Reading Rings in the Sky

You voyaged in the trail of pioneers, To shed new light on Saturn and its rings; By imaging its many circling spheres, We glimpsed into the past of Earthly things.   Your Equinox and Solstice both burnt bright, Revealing lightning in the darkest night; And through your Grand Finale in the sky, Your sacrifice means … Read more

Ghostly Galaxies

When looking out into the starry night The blackness that we see is just a mask; This shrouded veil conceals our darkest light,   And stores our nameless theories in its cask. It’s absence shapes and bends what can be seen, And sets us on a righteous, testing task   To try and map the … Read more

Separated at Birth

A glowing orb, reflecting distant light, You calm and soothe our planet’s ebb and flow; But how much can we say we truly know, When our eyes meet across the darkest night.   We theorised an impact of great might, From whose debris you burst and sought to grow; A glowing orb, reflecting distant light, … Read more

New Life in Hostile Winds

Cast out by winds too fierce to call a home, You sail on seas unbearable to roam; The fury of this interstellar gale Ensured an astral voyage that would fail. Yet still we see you shimmer in the gloam.   Now as the gases cool they start to foam, And form a dense and fertile … Read more

An Interstellar Climate

The final act of some forgotten star, Unleashes unseen light at breakneck speed; And once these cosmic rays have journeyed far, Into our atmosphere they start to bleed.   This energy from interstellar rays, Is tempered by the Sun’s magnetic haze; Creating nuclei from which clouds form, A dying star can cause our Earth to … Read more

Research For All

Detecting bubbles in the Milky Way, Or sorting a muon and gamma ray; Identifying planets and their stars, Then codifying ice geysers on Mars.   From mapping out old weather lost at sea, To counting jungle rhythms in a tree; With floating forests hiding in plain sight, Sometimes research just needs a brighter light.   … Read more

Life is Dust

Above each distant peak and skyward ship, Fast-flowing streams of dust bombard the Earth; Releasing beads of life from Newton’s grip, Transporting them through space to bring new birth.   Did everything we know just hitch a ride, On streams of dust that sailed an unseen tide; These particles just drifting in the sky, May … Read more

Is This the End?

Is this the end of everything you were? A burst of light, a hurried, fractious blur. The final breath into the distant night, Reminding us of how you once burnt bright; Fond memories that you wish could reoccur.   The ending from which you could not deter, Your sunburnt gold now turned to blackened myrrh; … Read more

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