And, it’s all to dVerse. Their prompt: Blackout poetry – so bring out thick black pens and take an old book. Look for the hidden poetry in those words. My book isn’t old and it isn’t fiction. I know: I never follow instructions. I went straight to Google. I knew I wanted something to do with astronomy and was hoping for diary pages. The first thing I looked at, out of curiosity, was a site that shows a new astronomy photograph every day. I took the paragraph underneath the photo and did my blackout with it. I will give you the paragraph here, but have also included a link to the site.
These clouds of interstellar dust and gas have blossomed 1,300 light-years away in the fertile star fields of the constellation Cepheus. Sometimes called the Iris Nebula, NGC 7023 is not the only nebula in the sky to evoke the imagery of flowers, though. Still, this deep telescopic view shows off the Iris Nebula’s range of colors and symmetries in impressive detail. Within the Iris, dusty nebular material surrounds a hot, young star. The dominant color of the brighter reflection nebula is blue, characteristic of dust grains reflecting starlight. Central filaments of the dusty clouds glow with a faint reddish photoluminesence as some dust grains effectively convert the star’s invisible ultraviolet radiation to visible red light. Infrared observations indicate that this nebula may contain complex carbon molecules known as PAHs. The pretty blue petals of the Iris Nebula span about six light-years.
The Iris Nebula
Clouds of interstellar dust
blossomed in star fields.
Still symmetries within the Iris:
a hot, young star brighter,
Filaments glow with dust
grains — the star’s invisible
light — contain blue petals.
Head to dVerse to see what others have done. Blackouts are an interesting technique.