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Factually Correct Nursery Rhyme


Perkil8r
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Nice one. I know there are loads out there, there is quite a funny scientific version of Jack and Jill, but the one I had saved is below....

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

I know exactly what you are

Opaque ball of hot dense gas

Million times our planet's mass

Looking small because you're far

I know exactly what you are

Fusing atoms in your core

Hydrogen, helium, carbon and more

With such power you shine far

Twinkle twinkle little star

Bright when close and faint when far

I know exactly what you are

Smallest ones burn cool and slow

Still too hot to visit, though

Red stars dominate by far

Twinkle twinkle little star

Largest ones are hot and blue

Supernova when they're through

Then black hole or neutron star

I know exactly what you are

Forming from collapsing clouds

Cold and dusty gas enshrouds

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Here's the original. Early 19th century.........

 

      Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
      How I wonder what you are.
      Up above the world so high,
      Like a diamond in the sky.

 

      When the blazing sun is gone,
      When he nothing shines upon,
      Then you show your little light,
      Twinkle, twinkle, all the night.

 

      Then the traveller in the dark,
      Thanks you for your tiny spark,
      He could not see which way to go,
      If you did not twinkle so.

 

      In the dark blue sky you keep,
      And often through my curtains peep,
      For you never shut your eye,
      'Till the sun is in the sky.

 

      As your bright and tiny spark,
      Lights the traveller in the dark.
      Though I know not what you are,
      Twinkle, twinkle, little star.

 

      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.
      How I wonder what you are.

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How is the original scientific / factually correct?

It talks about stars shutting their eyes!

Think Bob will be better off listening to the modern version :P

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I actually prefer the original, way back in the 1800's not many  people understood what stars were so the poem makes perfect sense if you think of that.


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