Leaping Through the Stars

delphinus dolphin

Delphinus, a dolphin leaping among the waves
of stars. An early constellation, quite small,
cataloged by Ptolemy, the dolphin that carried
Arion, a poet, safely away from enemies.
A dolphin nearby Lyra. Arion’s lyre song.

 

As  a child, in my troubled home,
I would climb to my bedroom rooftop
to see the stars. My small telescope
finding easily the Dippers, Orion, Taurus, Gemini,
finally, little Delphinus who took me away.
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delphinus stars

Do you see a dolphin in these stars? I don’t – and I do.

When I Was Just a Baby

star chart

 

Aldebaran in the constellation Taurus sent light –

65 years ago –  that I see tonight.

Light that’s about as old as me.

The red giant, older than our Sun,

is still the brightest star in Taurus.

The light bathes me in irrational hope.

 



January 6, 7 and 8, 2020 shows a bright waxing gibbous moon in front of the constellation Taurus the Bull. Even with the lunar glare, you might see Aldebaran and the Pleiades star cluster, also known as the Seven Sisters.

The Lonely One

Perhaps not lonely but solitary by choice

in a dark corner where being bright

means more attention from this distant observer 

gazing at you in wonder and disappearing, 

lost, like one swallowed by a whale.

 

 

Formalhaut

This poem is inspired by a star named Fomalhaut which s a white Autumn Star. the brightest star in the constellation of Piscis Austrinus and one of the brightest stars in the sky. Its Arabic name means the mouth of the fish or whale. In this false-color composite image, taken with the Hubble Space Telescope, we see the orbital motion of the planetary system around it – Fomalhaut b (later named Dagon). Fomalhaut is much hotter than our Sun, 15 times as bright, and lies 25 light-years from Earth. It is blazing through hydrogen at such a furious rate that it will burn out in only one billion years, 10% the lifespan of our star. Based on these observations, astronomers calculated that Dagon is in a 2,000-year-long, highly elliptical orbit. The planet will appear to cross a vast belt of debris around the star roughly 20 years from now. If the planet’s orbit lies in the same plane with the belt, icy and rocky debris in the belt could crash into the planet’s atmosphere and produce various phenomena. The black circle at the center of the image blocks out the light from the bright star, allowing reflected light from the belt and planet to be photographed. Credit: NASA, ESA, and P. Kalas (University of California, Berkeley and SETI Institute)

 

The Twins

This morning, the waning crescent Moon fronted
Gemini the Twins – Castor and brother Pollux.
Not identical. They don’t really look alike.
Pollux is brighter, more golden. Favored child?
All of us unique. All are stars.

Astrophotography Panorama Test Shot

This photo shows bright Venus and almost as bright Jupiter
and above Benh LIEU SONG‘s head is the Gemini constellation
with Castor and Pollux clearly shining.