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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Beyond The Farthest: Brown Dwarf

Recent entries have been related in some way to our visit to Italy and I suspect there may be more inspired by those experiences, including a very thought-provoking few days guided by Kenneth Steven, a published author and poet, who gave us some very helpful pointers on writing well. More about Kenneth at another time though you can find his website link at the end of today's post, following the poem.

Just now, I'm looking hugely forward to another retreat, led by Bro Guy Consolmagno SJ who was The Curator of The Vatican Meteorites (Yes! Honestly - what a wonderful title that is) and is now (Jan 2016) Director of The Vatican Observatory. I hope more verse will be inspired during the six days which start at Launde Abbey - a beautiful retreat centre in the heart of Leicestershire UK-  this coming Sunday. With that in mind, it's a very good moment to return to things astronomical here on the blog and a further poem in the 'Beyond the farthest' celebrating the very odd space bodies known as Brown Dwarfs. An indication of their nature lies in the verses which follow.



Beyond The Farthest*: Brown Dwarf

Neither perfect star nor planet
Are brown dwarfs, so strange:
Forming from collapsing gas clouds
To sub-stellar range:
Masses way beyond a planet's,
Heat like coals, not solar flames.

Though unseen in visual wavelengths,
Infra-red's not blind,
Found some might have wild, wild climates,
Rain of molten iron
Hot-sand clouds that make for snowfall
Of an unimagined kind.

As our deep space searches broaden
Challenges abound,
Needing new interpretations
Of such orbs, when found:
Tributes to God's wealth of imprints
In the complex, cosmic round. 

*Beyond the Farthest (mortal Eye Can Scan) is the heading for a short series of poems of which this is the fourth. The heading takes its inspiration from the second verse of the hymn 'Angel Voices ever Ringing' Which starts 'Thou who art beyond the farthest, mortal eye can scan’ Score below



Kenneth Steven's website can be accessed here. From Kenneth's site, you can download his recent Kindle Book called 'The Fall'. It will only cost you a little over £2. It is a fascinating story about a couple of geologists who survive the fall out from a major asteroid impact and can be read in a few hours. Interesting for the science-minded and a taster,perhaps for some of his other work.

More information about Guy Consolmagno can be found on the Vatican Observatory's web-page, accessible here

Launde Abbey's website can be accessed here 

Other poems, meditations and songs with a SCIENCE & FAITH theme can be accessed HERE

Other poems in the short 'Beyond The Farthest' sequence are

DNA
Pulsar
Pristine Exoplanet

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe

Ten thousand billion suns - A scintilla of God’s Universe
It is currently thought that the Universe has at least 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! Hence the use of the word ‘scintilla’ for a mere ten thousand billion.

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)

Cross and Particle Accelerator (CGI)
Cross and Particle Accelerator. The words of 'A Prayer for Understanding' can be viewed by clicking on this image

Nebula (Embroidery)

Nebula (Embroidery)
Nebula (Embroidery) to accompany the poem 'Invitation' which can be found by clicking on the image.

Orange Galaxy

Orange Galaxy
'Orange Galaxy' posted to accompany 'Bounded and Boundless'. Go to the poem by clicking on the image.

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower

Cosmic Icon 7 Summerflower
Cosmic Icon 7 - Summerflower Nebula (Acrylic)

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth

Cosmic Ikon 8 Moth
Cosmic Ikon 8: Moth Nebula(imagined-acrylic) The Gold field of deep space is intended to convey the Lordship of Christ over the whole of the Cosmos

Surprise garden rose (Photo)

Surprise garden rose (Photo)
This beautiful head of roses in our garden, which are giving off a delightful perfume in the morning sun, seems a fitting picture to link to the sonnet 'Evolution and Beauty'. Let the picture take you there. It is a surprise because it is growing high on a bush of otherwise pure yellow roses: amazing!

Cross and Vortex

Cross and Vortex
'Cross and Vortex' to accompany 'Stars and Planets Sing Your Glory'. Click on the image to go to the poem/hymn.

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)

Gaseous Cosmic Threads (Mixed media)
Gaseous Cosmic Threads: Mixed media - acrylics and painted threads

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)

St Francis’ Sky (Photo)
Warm Umbrian Hills: Click image to take you to the poem St Francis' Sky

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)

Cosmic Labyrinth (CGI)
'Cosmic Labyrinth' - This icon is a symbol of the path through the near reaches of the Cosmos with its 'Havens' where current advances in science (2012/13) are celebrated. By clicking on the picture you will be taken to the latest version of the poem of the same name.

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)

Cross of Autumn Leaves (cropped Photo)
Time, perhaps to consider a restorative break before the approach of Advent/ Christmas. Let this image take you to 'On Drawing Apart'.

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)

IONA: The Marble Quarry (Photo)
On the South shore of Iona is a bay which shows the industrial scarring of a beautiful place. Read of it by clicking on the picture

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)

Butterfly Nebula (CGI)
The Imaginary Butterfly Nebula . Anything like this would be a real Curiosity! The image will link you to the reflection titled 'Curiosity' which is actually a celebration of the achievement of landing the Mars Rover of that name

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)

Light of the World amidst stars (CGI)
'Light of the world' posted to accompany 'To Light'. Find the poem by clicking on the image.

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)

Iona from Fionnphort (Watercolour)
Iona from Fionnphort. At this point of the Isle of Mull, the end of a pilgrimage or trip to Iona is in sight. Click on this picture to take you to the poem 'IONA - The Pilgrim Way'

Nativity Star (CGI)

Nativity Star (CGI)
Nativity Star: This image will link you to the collection of new Carols on this site. Also, the image can easily be copied onto an overhead acetate and used as a window decoration. Easy for children to achieve. Note the cross at the centre of the star.

My Mesh Mask for Radiotherapy

My Mesh Mask for Radiotherapy
This is the mask which was moulded to my face to ensure the radiotherapy I had in April 2017 was precisely targeted. You can read more by clicking on the image

Double Celebration

Double Celebration
Pam, who has been magnificent in caring for me since my Cancer diagnosis in October and I celebrate the end of Radiotherapy and our 36th Wedding Anniversary (Note the return of some hair!). Click on the image to read about the treatment - and waiting.

St Neots Sunset (Photo)

St Neots Sunset (Photo)
Surrounded by beauty: Whie 'Evolution and Beauty' became one of the most viewed poems on this blog, Pam, my wife took this gorgeous picture of a sunset over the flatlands of Cambridgeshire UK. Click on it to go to the poem

Gabriel - written/painted by Pam, my wife in 2015

Gabriel - written/painted by Pam, my wife in 2015
Gabriel began the Christmas story with his visit to Mary. The story is told in our Christmas collection in the Carol, Go to Nazareth My Great Messenger. Click on this image to take you there.

Maple Leaf Nebula (CGI)

Maple Leaf Nebula (CGI)
IMAGINARY IMAGE TO CELEBRATE CANADA DAY: Click on this his imaginary 'Maple Leaf Nebula' to take you to a poem entitled 'Nebula' (image not to be confused with NGC 2024, the Flame Nebula which is also known as the Maple Leaf)

Beauty in the Garden - June 2016

Beauty in the Garden - June 2016
Beauty in the Garden - June 2016

Aurora Imagined over Iona (Watercolour & pastel)

Aurora Imagined over Iona (Watercolour & pastel)
First posted here on Adomnan’s day (23rd September) 2015. An imagined natural phenomenom that could be seen to resonate mystically with the idea of Iona being a ‘thin place’ where heaven brushes earth.

Assisi Sunset

Assisi Sunset
Assisi Sunset

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)

Cross and simple Prayer rope (Photo)
Cross and simple prayer rope: make one like this to use as an aid to using ‘The Jesus Prayer'