If in the past we made large astro-photo-poetical-chronicles on events organized by the International Astronomical Union and the International Meteor Organization, this time we try a mini…astro-photo-poetical-chronicle about the 8th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (with 37 participating countries), hosted in the first part of August 2014 by Romania (that won the biggest number of medals, 6 of gold and 4 of silver) in Suceava and Gura Humorului, a zone with many historical monuments. Valentin Grigore (assisted by Alexandru Sebastian Grigore) was a member in the commission of the evaluation for the practical tests, and his photos contain: Flags...

Every nation has its own heroes. In 2014 Romania commemorates 300 years since the sacrifice of Constantin Brancoveanu (“voievode” and “domnitor” of Wallachia or the Romanian Land, 1688-1714), who was killed together with his four sons at Istanbul by an Ottoman sultan because they refused to change their belief from Christian into Muslim. Brancoveanu was also the founder of an original style in architecture (basis for the Neo-Romanian style), and was canonized in the 1990s. In 16/17 August 2014, after exactly 300 years from that tragedy, Valentin Grigore took this astrophotography with the most representative monastery made by Constantin Branconeanu,...

Before the Big Bang ~ Credit Image ~ courtesy of Perimeter Institute What sparked the Big Bang? Should we give a dang how the experts debate as to what might predate it or seemed to exist? Speaking for me, personally, I cannot resist a fantasy spree of drifting away in reveries vast about our fabulous, fathomless past… Utterness whereabouts always were there, and singularities melt in thin air, when we consider an alternate plan of how life began— the yin and the yang— how galaxies sprang— before the Big Bang… For what if in fact the notion is cracked, and...

These two works come to complete the image of the astronomical camp for children, Astro & Photo 2014, led by Valentin Grigore and organized by the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM) in Runcu, Romania (July 2014). Comments You need JavaScript to be able to post comments You need to be logged in to leave a comment Click Here to Login

In July 2014 I visited a few countries in the Balkan Peninsula, and the images I selected for this episode contain: The Sun over the Danube River, seen from the Pancevo Bridge near Belgrade (Capital of Serbia). Sunset over the Sava River, seen from the Kalemegdan Park (near the famous fortress of Belgrade). Sunrise in Skopje, Capital of the Republic of Macedonia or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (this being the northern part of historical Macedonia, the southern part being a province in Greece with the Capital in Thessaloniki). It is interesting that the national flag of this republic...