Stellar Cradle

Jul 17
by Harley White

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Rock-a-bye starlets where the Swan flies.
Like earthly Sun, your day will arise.
Bright shall you reign, before your light dies.
So shine in your cradle high in the skies.

Cygnus OB2, the place you dwell
cozily clustered in cloudy shell,
houses a host of oldsters as well,
all with their own stellar story to tell.

With infrared and optic display
coronas viewed through Chandra X-ray
are shown in hues to image portray
five thousand light-years far, in Milky Way.

This source sidereal seems to be
nearer to earthlings relatively
than other founts astronomers see
amid the fruits of their deep scrutiny.

Ofttimes we weary of worlds below,
marvel at sights the heavens bestow,
long for domains beyond those we know,
then might our fancy fly to that tableau.

Rock-a-bye starlets, in cradle nigh.
Your vision splendid gladdens the eye
of dreamers lost who gaze at the sky
wonderingly, with a wish and a sigh…

~ Harley White

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Inspiration for the poem was from article with video and image ~ “Cygnus OB2: Probing a Nearby Stellar Cradle”…
http://chandra.si.edu/photo/2012/cygob2/

More info from article ~ “A Nearby Stellar Cradle”…
https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA16438

Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO/J.Drake et al, Optical: Univ. of Hertfordshire/INT/IPHAS, Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Further influence in the crafting of the stanzas derived from ‘Rock-a-bye Baby’, which is a nursery rhyme and lullaby.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock-a-bye_Baby

Song ‘Rock-a-bye Baby’, sung with lyrics…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgMdFBQ6BNs

Video ~ “Cygnus OB2 in 60 Seconds”…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_xSR2fyDQQ

Article with image ~ “A Nearby Stellar Cradle”…
https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_2391.html

Image Credit: NASA

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