Written for: dVerse Poets Pub – “Lookin’ Up!” (posted by Lillian)
In 1990, the Hubble Space Telescope, named after Edwin Hubble, was launched to orbit around the earth. Using Wikipedia, let’s get some perspective on the Hubble:
It’s as long as a large school bus.
It weighs as much as two adult elephants.
It travels around the Earth at about 5 miles per second. That’s as fast as driving a car from the East Coast of the United States to the West Coast in 10 minutes!
It takes pictures of planets, stars and galaxies. It’s seen stars born and it’s seen stars die. It’s seen galaxies trillions of miles from earth.
When I see photos from the Hubble, it makes me realize how teeny-tiny each one of us is while on this earth, within our solar system, within all those galaxies beyond ours.
I’ve selected four photos taken by Hubble and ask you to choose 1 for your inspiration. Your poem does not have to be about outer space, the stars, or the Hubble. These are such amazing photos, I suspect they can inspire in numerous ways. Leap out of the photo you choose; or leap into it. How does it make you feel, think, believe? If you didn’t know the image came from the Hubble, what would come to mind looking at it? Let your imagination wander the universe or stay close to home today and we’ll come along for the ride.
Enfold me in blue
and silver starlight.
Inside this hubble-
bubble of galaxies,
a unicorn ambles by.
I want to fly-glide
across the sky
that unicorn, visiting
along the way.