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Thursday, 11 July 2013

Beyond The Farthest Mortal Eye Can Scan (PULSAR)


Over the next few weeks, I will be posting some poems under the banner headline above. Some readers will recognise the phrase as coming from the second verse of the hymn 'Angel voices ever singing'. But it can readily be borrowed to celebrate some of the many amazing discoveries from space in this early part of the 21st century. Each poem will be written in the same metre as the hymn: it will try and capture the outline information available (at the time of writing) about the astronomical 'find'  or phenomenon. Here is the first. The information together with an illustration of can be checked out in far more detail at NASA's Gamma-ray only Pulsar entry 

Beyond the Farthest - (PULSAR CTA1 in Cepheus )
Spinning wildly, sending earthwards
solely gamma rays,
thrice a second, crushed to neutrons
post its solar days:
pulsing for a hundred centuries,
energy to quite amaze.

In its remnant supernova
it careens apace.
Million miles each sixty minutes,
hurtling on through space.
As the radiance saps its powering
its rotation slows a trace.

Many bodies of this nature
can now be discerned
by wide-ranging wave detectors
helping us to learn.
Ponder then with awe and wonder
How our universe is turned.

Could be sung to the tune ‘Angel Voices’ below



if you appreciated this, you might also enjoy Nebula and in a lighter vein Black Hole

The second poem in this mini-series, Pristine Exoplanet can be found here

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'