Twinkle, twinkle…   2 comments

Happy 2013!

One of the groups I hope to excite about the stars here at Astrono-ME! Productions is children and families. Often when I turn out the lights to star a children’s planetarium show, we sing the song, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” It’s a great way for the kids to relax in to the show, without mentioning the D-A-R-K! But is it time for this two hundred year old classic to get an update?

Many people only know the first verse:

Twinkle, twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are!

Up above the world so high,

Like a diamond in the sky,

Twinkle, twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are!

But actually, the poem actually has four more stanzas, which you can follow the link to find. (See stolen from Wikipedia “The English lyrics were first published as a poem with the title “The Star” by sisters Ann and Jane Taylor (1783–1824) in Rhymes for the Nursery in London in 1806.[2] The poem was written by Jane.”

While I can appreciate the wonder in the traditional song, my version is just a simple update that includes a little more science, in an age appropriate way.  Here goes:

Twinkle, twinkle little star.

I know a bit about what you are.

Though you’re very far away,

You’re like the Sun that shines in the day.

Twinkle, twinkle little star.

I know a bit about what you are.

What do you think?  I thought perhaps the last line should be “Science has taught me what you are.” But I would love your comments.

Keep looking up!



ps – If you are interested in hearing a Girl Scout’s rewrite, check out:

Posted 9 February, 2013 by tjsummer in Uncategorized

2 responses to “Twinkle, twinkle…

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  1. I always loved thinking about that song. There are little bits of science in it if poke around. That only stars twinkle due to the atmosphere and my favorite was like a diamond in the sky. White dwarfs are made of compressed carbon (and oxygen) and we all know what happens when you compress carbon…Diamonds! I like to imagine diamonds in space the size of Earth. I like your update too, it is hard to explain to little kids about carbon oxygen white dwarfs ;)

  2. I like the idea! Um, though, you may want to check your scansion. Just sayin’. Better to hear it here than at a performance, right?

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