Celestial Spider Web
A spider web is wondrous made
with interwoven threads o’erlaid
of sticky strands to snare the prey
in intricately shaped display
like filamented promenade.
High up, in galaxy brigade
agrouped through gravity obeyed
in Hydra’s grip the stars portray
a spider web.
‘Midst Nature’s splendorous parade
on cloths of heavenly brocade
as earthly spider spins its way
so cosmic galaxies convey
enlaced within galactic glade
a spider web.
~ Harley White
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The poem is a rondeau…
Info ~ Flies in a spider’s web: galaxy caught in the making (ESA)…
Info and image ~ Spiderweb galaxy (MRC 1138-262) Hubble (Wikimedia)…
Explanation: The Spiderweb Galaxy (PGC 2826829, MRC 1138-262) is an irregular galaxy which is 10.6 billion light years away. It is located in the southern constellation of Hydra (the water snake) and is one of the most massive galaxies known. Hubble images provided a dramatic glimpse of a large massive galaxy under assembly as dozens of smaller galaxies merge through mutual gravitational attraction. This provides the best demonstration so far that large massive galaxies form by merging smaller ones.
Copyright © Harley White | Year Posted 2022
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