I had no idea there was an object in the asteroid belt big enough to be considered a “proto-planet.” Ceres is about to get its close-up as a NASA probe closes in for a rendezvous in three months.
Ceres (pronounced SEER-eez) has enough gravity to hold itself in a spherical shape, and scientists think there may be some water there, but apparently that is still not enough to get past the “proto” stage, planet-wise. I confess I am not aware of the technical requirements for a space rock to advance beyond big-asteroid status, but there is some doubt that Ceres will ever qualify.
Why? For me, a place is not a place unless it can generate a decent limerick.
Based on my remote amateur observations, Ceres will fall short, as witnessed by these promising starts that were never able to form fully functioning rhymes:
There was a young fellow from Ceres
Who delighted in posing odd queries.
Such as, “Why do birds fly?”
And “What constitutes pie?” …
There once was a woman from Ceres
an admirer of Timmy Leary’s.
She said “Let’s all drop out”
For she was no Girl Scout …
An ill-defined creature from Ceres
Had appendages he called his “dearies”.
They were all rather cute,
but fell out of his suit …
Sorry, Ceres. Planetude seems very far away indeed.
To prove that you originate from a genuine place, write a limerick about where you’re from.