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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twinkle_Twinkle_Little_Star#cite_note-9): “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!

Theresa

 

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

http://psacentral.adcouncil.org/psacentral/siteResources/slide/Math/Science%20for%20Girls/Assets/Magazine/M-GSUYR3-03021-E0AN.pdf

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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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