Comet 332P/Ikeya-Murakami

Comet 332P Ikeya Murakami v1


Tracing the gases in the thin atmosphere,

As much as understanding how different she is;

As a semi-state to that, we observe her shadows, images,

About 7am you wake up to see how she sleeps.


Finding her on the way,

This is a place, not just a point in the sky;

We’d like to explore her story, not just in 2020,

In 3 dimensions, below, above and beyond.


Trying to find the needle in the haystack,

Trying to get our robotic swarms, constellations, a round trip, eliptic voyages;

Tackling human fragility and vulnerabilities,

Sensing the bubbles of tears and fears.


Committing to her,

Understanding how much she means to us, the sliding scale of dimensions;

In our thinking, what is real, what is not,

Reminiscing Christmas 1969.


Our best guide, as a child,

Understanding 12 years after Sputnik that we had already landed on the surface of the Moon;

As a 7 year old understanding much to be learnt from her,

Our knowledge increasing everyday.


In the gathering of stardust, contributing a little bit to it,

Encouraging, passing on, how we can contribute to the exploration;

Someone will press a button and we will time travel to her,

A crystal clear perspective of her own world.


Her wings flap across the sky,

Lights dazzling from below;

Cycling through the challenges, machines, fake news,

A towering robotic arm reaching for the stars.


Each star travelling through their protected orbs,

Cameras in search of life, life other than ours;

Inspired by rovers, and eyes in the sky,

Telecommunicating our way throught the Universe.


Calling home,

In search of home.


by Helen Tung

31 July 2018



Comet 332P/Ikeya-Murakami

Short-period comet

The position of the comet changes as it and Earth travel on their orbits through the solar system. The comet was approximately 0.68 AU (67 million miles or 100 million kilometers) from Earth at the time of these observations.

Data were provided through HST proposal 14474: D. Jewitt (UCLA), M. Mutchler (STScI), H. Weaver (JHU/APL), J. Agarwal (MPI), M.-T. Hui (UCLA), M. Ishiguro (Seoul National Univ.), J. Li (UCLA), and J. Kleyna, K. Meech, R. Wainscoat, and R. Weryk (Univ. Hawaii).

Filters: January 26, 27, 28, 2016; Exposure Time: 100 minutes total exposure


In celebration of UNISPACE50+

As part of ISU-SSP18 Humanities Department ‘Deep Space and Life’s Energy’ Project