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The Astro Alphabet
By Ethan Siege

A is for Aurora, the Earth’s polar lights,
as the Sun’s hot electrons help color our nights.

B is for Black Hole, a star’s collapsed heart,
if you cross its horizon, you’ll never depart.

C is for Comet, with tails, ice, and dust,
a trip near the Sun makes skywatching a must!

D is for Dark Matter, the great cosmic glue
that holds clusters together, but not me and you!

E is for Eclipse, where the Moon, Earth and Sun
cast light-blocking shadows that can’t be outrun.

F is for Fusion, that powers the stars,
as nuclei join, their released light is ours!

G is for Galaxies, in groups and alone,
house billions of planets with lifeforms unknown.

H is for Hubble, for whom Earth’s no place;
a telescope like this belongs up in space.

I is for Ions, making nebulae glow;
as they find electrons, we capture the show.

J is for Jets, from a galaxy’s core,
if you feed them right, they’ll be active once more!

K is for Kepler, whose great laws of motion
keep planets on course in the great cosmic ocean.

L is for Libration, which makes our Moon rock,
it’s a trick of the orbit; it’s tidally locked!

M is for Meteors, which come in a shower,
if skies are just right, you’ll see hundreds an hour!

N is for Nebula, what forms when stars die,
this recycled fuel makes cosmic apple pie.

O is for Opaque, why the Milky Way’s dark,
these cosmic dust lanes make starlight appear stark!

P is for Pulsar, a spinning neutron star,
as the orbits tick by, we know just when we are.

Q is for Quasar, a great radio source,
accelerating matter with little remorse.

R is for Rings, all gas giants possess them,
even one found in another sun’s system!

S is for Spacetime, which curves due to matter,
this Universe-fabric can bend but won’t shatter!

T is for Tides, caused by gravity’s tune,
our oceans bulge out from the Sun and the Moon.

U is the Universe, our goal’s understanding,
with billions of galaxies, as spacetime’s expanding!

V is for Virgo, our nearest great cluster,
with thousands of galaxies, it’s a gut-buster!

W is for Wavelength, the energies of light,
that tell us what atoms are in stars just from sight!

X is for X-rays, high-energy light,
where bursts of new stars show an ionized might.

Y is the Year, where we orbit our Sun,
each planet’s is different; the Earth’s is just one.

Z is for Zenith, so gaze up at the sky!
The Universe is here; let’s learn what, how and why.

Source: Starts With A Bang!
Image credit: Galaxy Zoo’s writing tool

This is amazing!  For all the Astronomy lovers out there!

Last Lines: Can you name the book by its last line?

1.  Dazed and disoriented, I look up from the bright red blood pulsing out of my arm—into the fevered eyes of the six suddenly ravenous vampires.

2.  Honestly?  I don’t know what the hell I’m talking about.

3,  Ely says, “I kissed Bruce the Second.”

4.  Just three words long.

5.  But there is a crack in everything….






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Don’t forget about the Ralph Munn Creative Writing and Cover Art Contest!

The deadline to enter is April 21st!

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Balance and Composure are playing Pittsburgh May 18th!  Give a listen to their latest (and awesome) album, The Things We Think We’re Missing!

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Have you ever wanted to customize a bobble head???  Here’s your chance! 

Next Tuesday (4/22) at CLP Carrick’s Teen Thing we’ll be redesigning old Pirate bobble heads!  You should come! 

All teens (grades 6-12) are welcome. Teen Thing happens every Tuesday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

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The Teens Top 10 nominations for the best books of the last year have been released! What doesn’t belong? What should be here? Who are you rooting for? Do you now have more books to add to your reading list (there’s a catalog for that)? The debate is on.

Happy birthday to Pete Shelley of the legendary/influential punk band, Buzzcocks!




She’s one of the coolest people living in Pittsburgh.

epitome of crushed hopes and dreams. it happens.

Our ninja stress balls are buuuuddies! #clpteens #makeanddo #clpteensmad


Physicist Chien-shiung Wu and her team’s experiments confirmed the theory of sub-atomic behavior known as “weak interaction.” #groundbreaker