Monday, April 15, 2013


By ESO Yuri Beletsky from Wikimedia Commons, via Mary Lee Hahn, Year of Reading
Yet another amazing photoprompt from the ever amazing Mary Lee Hahn. It's a laser beam, shot from a very large telescope (VLT- and yes, that's really what it's called), which astronomers use to create an artificial reference star for adaptive optics. This enables the astronomers to make more accurate observations of the skies. If you want a more detailed explanation, head over to Mary Lee's blog, where you will also find lots of great poetry.


Let there be light
the astronomer proclaims
and a laser beam 
shoots from earth
to measure 
heaven's vastness

Creator God
as He watches
miniscule humans
attempt to quantify
the work 
of His mighty hands. 

(c) Carol Wilcox, 2013

1 comment:

Linda B said...

Yes, this is a chuckle of how important we humans think we are. It's an amazing photo, isn't it?