Sharper Cosmos

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.

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