FATED NEBULAE Like supernovae artists, clouds disperse behemoth art, as stars annihilate. “Sombrero,” “Crab” and “Horsehead” populate the gallery of our known universe. There’s “Eagle” and “Pillars Of Creation,” There’s “Ant,” “Tarantula” and “Pelican.” There’s even one called “Big Running Chicken.” One slightly resembles our great nation. These interstellar Rorschach tests reveal the shapes […]Read more "FATED NEBULAE"
“I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition.”
– Paul Dirac to Robert Oppenheimer
“You forgot that science has evolved from poetry, and failed to see that a change of times might beneficently reunite the two as friends, at a higher level and to mutual advantage.”
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
BUBBLE UNIVERSES Our universe may be embedded in a bulk containing other bubble realms, while we are just a hologram within. The implication is what overwhelms. Though this explains why gravity’s perverse, our cosmos, then, is not the whole shebang. Are we part of a frothy multi-verse where one’s black hole is another’s Big […]Read more "Bubble Universes"
Unlit on the stage, the dark juggler must be there, though we just see stars.Read more "Orbiting A Black Hole"
… and, in the fireworks that will ensue,
new stars will be conceived and born anew.Read more "Ardent Encounters"
This Acrostic poem spells Milky Way Galaxy down the left margin, to commemorate finding the super massive black hole at our own galaxy’s center, called Sagittarius A (and here, the word “Star” is what’s spoken, but it’s written as:) “*.” So the title is “Sagittarius A* , pronounced Sagittarius-A-Star (stop looking for the footnote). The […]Read more "Sagittarius A*"
SINGULARITY I’m always fascinated when two distinct time frames occur “simultaneously.” Looking from the outside at Alice disappearing into a black hole seems to take forever, thinks Bob, who stays on Earth to observe. Eventually, her light red shifts and fades to the point where it’s indistinguishable from the background of space and the black […]Read more "Singularity"