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Moon of Poems

(Imaginary Construction 2010-2012) This poem is an imaginary construction in time. The moon is used as a pencil. The camera is set for a very long exposure and then moved in order to generate these written heartbeats. Each heartbeat belongs...

21 April

Science Outreach through Astrobiology

“Sometimes I think we are alone in the Universe, and sometimes I think we are not. In either case, the idea is quite staggering” – Arthur C Clarke. When William Herschel, discoverer of Uranus, saw craters on the Moon through...

21 April

Losing the Dark

For all of human history the night sky has been a source of inspiration and wonder. Our nightly encounter with the stars has done much to influence art, philosophy, science and religion. Yet in the last century humanity has been...

19 April

Hooked on Training Teachers at McDonald Observatory

  What was the first thing in science that motivated you as a student? What experiences stick with you even until this day? For me getting hooked on astronomy started at a young age. I remember stargazing as a young...

17 April

Telescopes in Exotic Places

The atmosphere is rather handy for us as humans because it allows us to breathe, keeps us warm (warmer than space at any rate) and shields us from harmful radiation from the Sun, cosmic rays, small meteors and other things...

16 April

Communication challenges

At it's most basic, the science of astronomy involves nothing more than collecting the faint photons emitted by distant objects, and using that information to try to understand the physics and chemistry (and, one day perhaps, biology?) of what we...

15 April

APT SARM for GAM 2014 (6)

This time Valentin Grigore’s images are connected to a nearness between the Moon and the planet Mars. Thus: -In 13 April the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM) organized a Star Party for Global Astronomy Month 2014 in the...

21 April

Dark Matters

Fritz Zwicky and Vera Rubin Had no idea at the time that the ‘missing mass’ they had discovered would eventually lead to one of the greatest mysteries facing astronomers in the 21 st Century. Zwicky had discovered that galaxies were...

20 April

APT SARM for GAM 2014 (INTERMEZZO)

  I made the astro-photo-tipurituras (APT) above using three images taken in Bucharest as follows: 1.) In 9 April, sunrise from the solar window of my departed parents. 2.) In 9 April, sunset near the Admiral Vasile Urseanu Bucharest Municipal...

17 April

5 Coolest Features of Distro Astro, Linux for Astronomers

  Now that Windows XP is retired, many people will upgrade to newer versions of Microsoft Windows. An adventurous few may explore alternative operating systems. If you are an astronomy fan, one such alternative is Distro Astro, a Linux-based operating...

17 April

APT SARM for GAM 2014 (5)

Valentin Grigore’s TV Show, Noi si Cerul / Us and the Sky, founded in 2008 as a follower of the past magazine of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM), had, as guest in 12 April, the astropoet Andrei...

15 April

APT SARM for GAM 2014 (4)

In 10 April Valentin Grigore, president of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM), participated at a session of astronomical lectures organized in Bucharest for Global Astronomy Month 2014 by the Henri Coanda College, named after a famous Romanian...

15 April