NGC-7129

In the Beginning there was Lithium

Photo of nebula NGC 7129  by @fuckyeahnebulas
Poem: my-fickle-muse

In the Beginning

there was lithium

hydrogen

and helium

nothing else —

there was a    B-A-N-G!

existence exploding from its womb

lithium was the energy

born into the universe

when it was still

an open wound

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now available in capsules 

300 milligram each

brought to your pharmacy

from when time could not yet speak –

to tame the hyperactive synaptic connections

of a manic mind –

to stop the downward spiral 

of scintillating ashes 

when the fireworks die –

to slow the spinning carousel

of wayward electric impulses

and shut the carnival down –

to barricade the fun house

that winds through heaven

and ends in hell

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such a shame to quell 

the brilliant lightening

in thundering veins 

except –

the biggest stars

with the brightest light

make the blackest hole

and leave us in

eternal night.

“Young suns still lie within dusty NGC 7129, some 3,000 light-years away toward the royal constellation Cepheus. While these stars are at a relatively tender age, only a few million years old, it is likely that our own Sun formed in a similar stellar nursery some five billion years ago. Most noticeable in the sharp image are the lovely bluish dust clouds that reflect the youthful starlight. ”

Young suns still lie within dusty NGC 7129, some 3,000 light-years away toward the royal constellation Cepheus. While these stars are at a relatively tender age, only a few million years old, it is likely that our own Sun formed in a similar stellar nursery some five billion years ago. Most noticeable in the sharp image are the lovely bluish dust clouds that reflect the youthful starlight. But the compact, deep red crescent shapes are also markers of energetic, young stellar objects. Known as Herbig-Haro objects, their shape and color is characteristic of glowing hydrogen gas shocked by jets streaming away from newborn stars.

Image Credit & Copyright: Johannes Schedler (Panther Observatory)