One statement that is ludicrous in this poem is that the hero is able to reserve seven hours' of observation time using the Hubble Space Telescope with less than one day's notice--in actuality, every minute of the Hubble's existence is booked months, if not years, ahead of time.
This poem was first published in the May/June 1999 issue and then again in the November/December 1999 issue of Quantum Magazine.
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Once upon a weeknight dreary,|
I beheld an image smeary,
Captured by a telescope that's been in space
from days of yore,
As I sat with eyelids drooping,
A strange and unexpected grouping
Of celestial objects caught my eye like none
had done before--
I knew I had to find out more.
I didn't know what I was seeing,
Then I stopped and gripped the table,
So I made my observations,
Five weeks, and almost all was ready,
Methodically, I put together
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