Wednesday, April 07, 2010

A News Sonnet A Day for April 2010: 7

I've set myself a goal for National Poetry Month this year: Compose a sonnet based on a science-themed news story each day.

Today's installment takes its cue from "Asteroid to Fly by Within Moon's Orbit Thursday" from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, California Institute of Technology.

2010 GA6, Space Yacht

Astronomers in Tucson make a find!
An asteroid is headed our way!
Don't panic -- naked eyes won't see its kind.
There won't be any fiery display

But its approach will bring it to our door,
A bit inside the orbit of the Moon.
Such fly-by rocks have whizzed our way before.
Its ETA's tomorrow -- yes, that soon!

At seventy-plus-one feet wide, its girth
reminds one of a stately motor yacht,
If such a boat could rocket past the Earth.
The Spaceguard program tracks what heaven's brought.

These near-Earth visitors are far from freaks.
A new one passes every several weeks.

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