TWINKLE, TWINKLE, Now I Know

by Pietro Calogero (2004)

Twinkle, twinkle, little star, now I know just what you are:
Fusing sphere of plasma mass, wrapped in iridescent gas;
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, super-hot that's what you are.

(flinging arms outward)
Nebula of fading light, spread into the outer night.
Blast remains of grand events, distribute new elements.
Gossamer in majesty, monument to entropy.

(arms hooped overhead)
Whirl on, giant clouds of gas; may you reach a threshold mass.
Protostars and blobs and dots, form within your glowing knots;
Whirl on, giant clouds of gas; may you reach a threshold mass.

(head spinning, hands flicking open and closed)
Pulsate, pulsate, neutron star; stellar core now turned pulsar.
Spinning like a top in place; radiate a beam through space;
Pulsate, pulsate, neutron star; denser than the earth by far.

(spasmic gestures, drawing in)
Shine on, singularity; what goes in we'll never see.
Vortex in the space-time frame; shredding matter, jetting flame;
Shine on, singularity; deepest well of gravity.

(arms straight out then wrapping, whole body turning)
Twist and turn, great galaxy; much too slow for us to see.
Aggregate of dust and stars: whirlpools, globules, disks and bars;
Twist and turn great galaxy; much too slow for us to see.

(sung very softly, hunched over with age)
Glimmer, glimmer, old quasar, light so dim from where we are.
Raging fire of ancient past, seen across a space so vast;
Glimmer, glimmer, old quasar; light so old from when we are.

These lyrics are Copylefted (2004) by Pietro Calogero under the GNU Free Documentation License (please refer to www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html ). They may not be copyrighted, nor used in copyrighted material for any form of monetary profit. Use for educational purposes is permitted and encouraged

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Background image of the nebula NGC 6751 courtesy of NASA