The largest exoplanet ever found
Is quite a marvel where marvels abound.
Theory holds it cannot be, they say,
But sometimes theory doesn’t have its way.
It is a type of planet they call puffy
That orbits its parent in just a jiffy.
Another is so light it would be floatable
Were such a tub of H2O available.
One planet takes the prize for poetry:
It’s called Epsilon Eridani B.
It’s closest to our Earth but no contender
For life support because of lack of water.
OGLE is yet another world most chilly,
While WASP is hotter than a hot tamale.
CoRot is rocky, but it takes the cake
For places whose sole purpose is to bake.
There is a three-star world whose triple suns
Put sundown in the shade on single ones.
A planet that is twice as dense as lead
May be a brown dwarf, or a star that’s dead.
HD has let its atmosphere be sniffed,
And glowing methane in its air was whiffed.
Coku Tau 4’s planet is very new.
The orbit of XO-3b’s askew.
There is a planet known to orbit backwards.
For this phenomenon I simply lack words.
GJ is thought to be a world of water,
A Super-Earth that has a solid center.
A year on SWEEPS is shorter than a day.
You would be ancient in one year that way.
A massive world that orbits a pulsar
Is made of diamond and was once a star.
How much more weirdness before you are made
Stark crazy by this alien parade?
(Copyright 2018 James Mansfield Nichols. All rights reserved.)