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A collage of old and new perspectives of Jupiter, Saturn, comets, Pluto, Europa, Mars, the Sun, and deepest space.

A collage of old and new perspectives of Jupiter, Saturn, comets, Pluto, Europa, Mars, the Sun, and deepest space.  When New Horizons reaches Pluto in 2015, we will have the after picture.  Likewise Europa when we launch a mission there.  And Hubble’s Ultra Deepfield image will likely be superseded by even more amazing photos from JWST.

Haiku I wrote for my 6,000th tweet.  It was dedicated to NASA's New Horizons mission to Pluto-Kuiper Belt.  The image is a picture of Pluto taken by New Horizons.  (Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)

Haiku I wrote on canvas back for my 6,000th tweet. It was dedicated to NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto-Kuiper Belt. The image is a picture of Pluto taken by New Horizons. (Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute)

Pluto's moons. The moon Nix is named after the Greek goddess of the night.  Image credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI) and the HST Pluto Companion Search Team.

Pluto’s moons. The moon Nix is named after the Greek goddess of the night. Image credit: NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI) and the HST Pluto Companion Search Team.

In the last narrows
of the last cave

she

unattainable

slips into the shadows

no, is the shadows.

Can you discern her frame
from the other shades
of darkness

as you dive
the long slow dive
like a descending leaf
towards her?

Is she beautiful?

Is she shapely?

Is she beautiful

she who quivers
in the cold corners

wrapped in black sky
beaded sparsely with stars?

Is she beautiful

she who out of sheer
restlessness

begets Sleep
and finally
Death?

Pluto and its moons.  Cerberus was recently proposed as a name for the moon currently designated P5.  Image credit: Hubble Space Telescope / NASA

Pluto and its moons. Cerberus was recently proposed as a name for the moon currently designated P5. Image credit: Hubble Space Telescope / NASA

Want to visit dead places?

You’ll have to pass
the three-headed dog first

and yes, he bites

so if you’re still living
bring a substitute

fresh meat
or a lullaby

and hope for the best

get in close
stroke his fur
speak in a high voice

assure him

that you belong
in the icy ring
on the other side

you, calm and dead
as those small rocks

and as he rolls onto the floor
sated
and dreams of flesh

slip unnoticed
through the gate
into the cold.