Friday, November 23, 2012

An Orphan Planet

In celestial seas,
astronomers see,
a planet
that is an island unto itself.
An orphan planet
roaming our galactic neighborhood.

A globe of gas,
the size of Jupiter,
untethered to any star,
drifting 100 light years from earth.

A lonely planet in the constellation Dorado.

It has no name.
Call it a substellar object,
a lonely planet, a floating planet,
a planetary mass object.  

Call it the orphan of Dorado.

Last night I saw the movie “Melancholia.”  It's a very emotional movie that involves a substellar object arriving in our solar system.    

© 2012 Catherine Giordano

 
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This picture is an artist's rendition of a planemo.  I found it at  http://news.nationalgrographic.com