‘Aging with the solar system’ in Black Heart Magazine

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Another one of my space poems was published this spring! This year has been amazing for my poems — they’re sprouting up everywhere!

Aging with the solar system” was published in Black Heart Magazine on April 17. It explores the laws of physics, time, and relativity. The age you are now on Earth is not the age you’d be on other planets.

Graph from spaceplace.nasa.gov.
The length of one day on each planet in the solar system. Graph from spaceplace.nasa.gov.

The planets in the solar system have orbits around the sun that take different times to complete. It takes Pluto a lot longer to go around the sun than it does Mercury.

So if you lived on Mercury, you’d be a lot older because of its shorter orbit around the sun in our year versus being younger on Pluto because of how long the dwarf planet takes to get around the sun.

It’s wacky to think about, for sure. That’s what got me going in this poem. That time and years aren’t the same on each planet.

You can find out your age on other planets here.

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Marlena Chertock

Marlena is a digital storyteller and poetry editor at District Lit. Her first poetry book, On that one-way trip to Mars, is available from Bottlecap Press.