Blue stragglers


APOD for April 9, 2012, “Blue Straggler Stars in Globular Cluster M53.” Image credit: ESA/Hubble, NASA

They are vagabonds,
as stars go.

Refusing to sit still
and age to red

they wander off script

and siphon some beauty
off a binary companion.

The light touch-up

In pictures,
they look FAB-U-LOUS

and seemingly younger than their peers

though anyone who reads
the cautionary label on the product knows

they’re burning out


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