Exotic Blue Planet HD 189733b (Artist's Impression)
Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (AURA/STScl)
Earth's End Hypothesis
Light years away, a parent star slid
sideways, its 189,733 light particles
blown into alien-deep atmosphere.
Clouds, howling, filled with azure
spots, their true chemical compositions
clues to scientists' tidally locked
observations of still cobalt winds'
effects on our planet. The sun, visible
no more in yellow-orange, passed, pale
complexion deduced the best evidence
that daytime disappeared. Not-thrilled
researchers measured a dip in wavelengths
of radiation, thought small green sodium
drops orbiting nonstop might be indication
of numbers of potentially missing in space.
Data on a surprisingly close explosion
of silicates, never in view, suggested
for the first time there was a world less
bright out there. The climatology's all
weird, social media pronounced. Behind
a system of sand umbrellas that deflect
hot raining glass, Jupiter's doppelganger
tweeted that it was exploring what is
upcoming. In a statement illuminating
no public reaction to Earth's absorption,
it explained that obviously, discovery
of a hue of common habitable domain is,
gravitationally, precariously preliminary.
© 2013 Maureen E. Doallas
This "found" poem was inspired by the recent article "For the First Time, Astronomers Read Exoplanet's Color" in National Geographic, July 11, 2013.
Also see the article "Hubble Spots Azure Blue Planet", ESA/Hubble, July 11, 2013.