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Poem About the Perseus Galaxy

Updated on October 3, 2013

Perseus Galaxy Cluster

Time/Space Deceptions

Staring into midnight sky
Vastness brings both fear and hope
Millions of light years separate us
Visible only with telescope

Time’s illusion tricks our eyes
As we view ancient history
For all we know it’s dead and gone
Swallowed up in mystery

From Perseus someone stares back
Seeing the Earth in different light
Dinosaurs and ancient plants
Who've yet to meet their final plight

Fewer masses of dry land
Larger than exist today
Mammals yet to dominate
To dinosaurs they’re only prey

We both exist in time right now
But neither sees the current state
Time delays warping perceptions
Unable to communicate

A little astronomy background

When we stare up at galaxies in the night sky like the Perseus Galaxy cluster, we see what it looked like 250 million years ago because it is 250 million light years away. The same would be true if someone from there were staring back at us.

© 2013 Eric Niehoff

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