Oumuamua

Artist’s impression of the interstellar asteroid `Oumuamua

It was after the passing.

Things began to change.
Slowly at first,

but from that year on
evil yielded to empathy.

No more lying, cheating,
stealing. No more rapes,

murders, massacres, war.
Earth became peaceful.

No one could agree
on how it happened.

But everyone agreed that
the interstellar asteroid

was heaven sent.

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Inspired by recent news of the first-ever detected interstellar asteroid, A/2017 U1, officially named Oumuamua.

 
Lauren McBride finds inspiration in faith, nature, science and membership in the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association (SFPA). Nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the SFPA’s Rhysling and Dwarf Stars Awards, her work has appeared in dozens of publications including recently Eye to the Telescope, Songs of Eretz and the Kepler’s Cowboys anthology. She shares a love of laughter and the ocean with her husband and two grown children.

Editor’s Notes: This interstellar meteor is the first known interstellar object to pass through the Solar System. Discovered through a telescope in Hawaii on October 19, 2017, 40 days after perihelion, Oumuamua, an elongated tumbling object (230 by 35 meters) was 21 million miles from Earth heading back out toward deep space.

Because its shape was reminiscent of an alien spaceship, as in Arthur C. Clarke’s science fiction novel Rendezvous with Rama, discovered in the story under similar circumstances, it was tentatively named Rama. However, it was named ʻOumuamua, which is translated from Hawaiian as scout or messenger (from ʻou, meaning reach out for, and mua, reduplicated for emphasis​, meaning first, in advance of); it reflects the idea that this object is like a messenger sent from the distant past reaching out to us.  [Wikipedia].

Listen to a 3-minute documentary from the New York Times:
https://www.nytimes.com/video/science/100000005592208/glimpse-of-oumuamua.html

 

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