Starlight Speaks – #star #science #space #poem #poetry


The twin Keck Telescopes atop Mauna Kea, Hawaii

Everything we know
About the universe
Comes from feeble twinkles that
Speak grandly when observed.

When does the light arrive,
And comes from what direction?
How intense or diffuse
Are colors from refraction?

Light presents a barcode
Of dark lines to be read
Across the vibrant spectrum
From UV to infrared.

As starlight travels to the Earth

Each atom in the way
Leaves its mark within the beam
As photons fly away.

And so we know how far’s the star
How fast it moves by us,
If planets orbit ’round its disk
And what its core is made of.

by Kate Rauner

R&R 3 coversThanks for a wonderful explanation of how astronomers use starlight at

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2 thoughts on “Starlight Speaks – #star #science #space #poem #poetry

  1. Whenever we look at Alpha Centauri, we are 4 years and some change behind. It was there – 4 years and some time ago. Where is it now? Over there. But in 4 years and some chanege, it won’t be there anymore. It will be over there. But we see it here. Right! But it’s over there.

    Really? Mel Brooks should have done a bit on this very subject. That would have been awesome!

    Good stuff, Kate!

    TSS Staff

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