Magazine article Children's Technology and Engineering

Another Lap for the Plucky Planet

Magazine article Children's Technology and Engineering

Another Lap for the Plucky Planet

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(Sun and Earth have a chat)

"Well, another year's passed for you, little blue Earth.

You've run one more lap 'round my blazing hot girth.

Through my merciless winds, for yet one more year

You've kept a firm hold on your atmosphere."

"Dear Sun, you're most generous with all of your praise.

You know it's a feat to defend from your blaze.

For you hurl out harsh rays and electrical dust

That could fry life on Earth. It would truly combust.'

"It's been quite a workout! it takes quite a while,

To go five hundred eighty-four millions of miles!

To spin three hundred sixty five times, plus a quarter.

Not to gripe, though. I don't want the trip to be shorter!

"For Earth's yearly lap is just about right.

Much closer I'd fry and be blinded by light.

And farther away my whole ocean would freeze.

I'd have nothing like fishes, and people, and trees."

"How convenient my energy thaws out your ocean.

But remember I'm all about nuclear explosion!

My temper is fiery. I'm stormy. Hotheaded!

I hurl out a wind full of ions - most dreaded!

"With electrical charges, these dust bits are brutal,

Race a million or more miles per hour, it's futile

To plant any trees, grow a frog, or a gnu! …

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