Earendel, “Morning Star” who twinkled bright
within six million years of Cosmic Birth –
the eldest star we can see in the night
for now, with current optics, near the Earth –
though Hubble can resolve you as a star
we have a mirrored honeycomb in place
that corrects for the light stretched to IR.
It hangs in a much cooler part of space.
But even so, it still needs the assist
of a whole galaxy’s gravitation
to stretch the image (cleared of dust and mist)
and bring it into our observation.
James Webb adds this virtual telescope,
to grant a greater glimpse than we dared hope.