Poems of the Week

Starry Snapshot

by Julia Griffin

“It is a moment of birth that has previously proved elusive, but astronomers say they now have the first confirmed image of the formation of a planet. The startling snapshot shows a bright blob—the nascent planet—travelling through the dust and gas surrounding a young star, known as PDS70, thought to be about 370 light years from Earth.” — The Guardian

NOVA NEWS: July the 2nd,
To the lovely PDS
In Centaurus (widely reckoned
Quite the constellar address),

Healthy baby, bright and massy,
Credit to his beaming Ma;
Vigorous, if somewhat gassy,
As the best of infants are.

Noting how his growth progresses,
Gossips in the Moon Review
Intimate that Baby S is
Known to friends as PDQ;

Anyway, the comet chorus
And the telescope cartel
Back the newsflash from Centaurus:
Star and Planet Doing Well.