Heart and Soul

The Heart and Soul nebulae are seen in this infrared mosaic from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE.
Heart and Soul nebulae.jpg
By NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA (WISE) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The Heart and Soul nebulae are seen in this infrared mosaic from NASA’s Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer, or WISE. Also visible near the bottom of this image are two galaxies, Maffei 1 and Maffei 2. Maffei 1 is the bluish elliptical object and Maffei 2 is the spiral galaxy. All four infra-red detectors aboard WISE were used to make this image. Colour is representational: blue and cyan represent infra-red light at wavelengths of 3.4 and 4.6 microns, which is dominated by light from stars. Green and red represent light at 12 and 22 microns, which is mostly light from warm dust.
24 May 2010
Source: WISE

 

Cosmic heart and soul

Made of

Shining stars

Swirling gases and

Stardust-filtered light

Be not

A dark universal reflection

Of love

As a smoke-and-mirrors illusion

Seen by those with jaded vision

But let me be

Starry-eyed

And envision you

As an ethereal re-creation

Of an enduring bond

That may

Bend with age and time

But remains

Unbroken

By life’s pains and tragedies

Or even

By the rough grip of death.

 

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