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

They are vagabonds,
rebels,
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
works.

In pictures,
they look FAB-U-LOUS

bluer
and seemingly younger than their peers

though anyone who reads
the cautionary label on the product knows

they’re burning out
faster.

“The Literary Gazette: A Weekly Journal of Literature, Arts, and Sciences,” Volume 13 (1829) redacted into a poem.  Stars are taken from a photo of the globular star cluster Messier 107.  Photo credit: ESA/NASA.

“The Literary Gazette: A Weekly Journal of Literature, Arts, and Sciences,” Volume 13 (1829) redacted into a poem. Stars are taken from a photo of the globular star cluster Messier 107. Photo credit: ESA/NASA.