Dear Star SN 2014,
Thanks, you’re the closest star to go nova.
‘Cigar Galaxy’ or M82*,
where you dwelt, twelve million light years ova’
in neighbor Ursa Major, when you blew.
A prof caught you in the act**; the world watched,
this astrophysicist got sacked cause you
died in the birthplace of stars, and you botched
my career. You Type Ia Nova***, you
damned binary system with a white dwarf
star–you just had to be special, outshine
everybody else, be so close and morph
my job into unemployment, you swine.
You’re gone; I still thrive. Writing this letter
didn’t bring back my job but I feel better.
~ ~ ~
For assignment 8, write a letter. Thanks to thorsaurus for the idea.
*Messier 82 (also known as NGC 3034, Cigar Galaxy or M82) is a starburst galaxy about 12 million light-years away in the constellation Ursa Major… The starburst activity is thought to be triggered by interaction with neighboring galaxy M81….Throughout the galaxy’s center, young stars are being born 10 times faster than they are inside our entire Milky Way Galaxy.
** The supernova was discovered by astronomer Steve Fossey, of University College London. Fossey was training four undergraduate students (Ben Cooke, Guy Pollack, Matthew Wilde and Thomas Wright) to use a small 0.35-metre (14 in) telescope at University of London Observatory, located in Mill Hill, north London.
***Type Ia supernovae occur in binary systems (two stars orbiting one another) in which one of the stars is a white dwarf while the other can vary from a giant star to an even smaller white dwarf.