Tuesday, 23 November 2010
4 more days!
Your book "Pluto and Charon" explains what keeps the stars apart. Can you explain that briefly?
The system of Pluto and Charon is unusual among planetary systems in that each is tidally locked to the other: Charon always presents the same face to Pluto, and Pluto always presents the same face to Charon. A wonderful image of love. Love is one of the only forces which manages to keep the stars apart and this is so beautifully described in the poem by EE Cummings "I carry your heart".
My book plays with the concept of the two planets and talks about the strongest force, "love".
"Pluto and Charon" is a love letter to what will "come" and to what has "been".