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Wednesday 6 January 2010

Haiku #7

Astronomers find planet

"light" as polystyrene -

but of academic weight.


steven said...

ha dave!!! that brought a smile to my face as i was just reading about exoplanets and the like!!!! i love that this poem just floated by so serendipitously! steven

Charles Gramlich said...

Nice twist at the end of this one.

Dianne said...

I hope I don't start following the news via your haiku!

John Stewart The Daily Show all over again....


The Weaver of Grass said...

I hope you are gathering all these haiku into one book to leave for posterity Dave - they are certainly worth it.

Helen said...

Hello there! One after the other, these are truly wonderful. I am with 'Weaver' you need to publish a book of your unique works.

Unknown said...

Hi Dave,

I shall have to begin following the news via your blog! I haven't seen this item but your haiku makes it short, sweet and accessible.

Kass said...

I find this Haiku infinitely intriguing. Is this a literal quote from a astrological report?
(C8H8)n (Polystyrene) could be the muse of many a Haiku: the pellets, the foam, the forks, the recycling possibilites....

Cloudia said...

Clever, Dave

Aloha, Friend!

Comfort Spiral

Dave King said...

I love it when I'm said to be serendpitous - makes me think the rulers of the universe are on my side.

Thanks for that

You could do worse - I'm trying to steer clear of party politics, personalities and stuff like that - though I may not succeed.

Nice of you to say that, but no, the idea had not occurred.

That's really nice of you to say so. Thanks.

Thanks Derek. Back story below.

It's the result of the Kepler Space Telescope's first sweep. It is looking for occupiable plan ets in other galaxies. It found none that might be inhabited, but several "new worlds", mostly big (and very hot) planets. The one that intrigued me was the one which has a mass roughly equivalent to that of polystyrene. It seems to be out of line with all existing
planetary theory.

Clever? I must watch that!