The town of Barlad (East Romania, the province of former Moldova principality) was famous in Romanian culture for a literary academy and theatrical activities, but since 2010 it has become unique. With a population of only 55,000 inhabitants, it is the town with two major astronomical entities: the Sirius Astronomical Association (founded by teacher Ioan Adam in 2001 around the Mihai Eminescu High School) and the Perseus Astroclub (founded by Ciprian Vintdevara in 2010 around the Barlad Observatory) - each of them editing its own regular astronomical magazine: “Steps toward Infinity” and “Perseus”. Dumitru Ciprian Vintdevara was initially a teacher...

“Beyond the terrestrial atmosphere, a different and mysterious world calls us. Nothing material can outrun the beauty of the Cosmos. Let's dream of stars!” -Teacher Ioan Adam & Sirius Astronomical Association- Ioan Adam was a teacher of physics (and even director for a while) at one of the largest high schools in Romania, named after the national poet Mihai Eminescu (1850-1889, author of the (astronomical) masterpiece of Romanian poetry, “Luceafarul” / Evening Star) in the cultural town of Barlad (former Capital City of Terra Berladensis before the 14th century, in East Romania) for over 40 years. Here he tried to...

“Astronomy is my life and one day the planets aligned for me to become the coordinator of an astronomical complex (observatory and planetarium). It seems that I had a lucky star in the European Union!” -Ovidiu Tercu- Jan Ovidiu Tercu leads Galati's observatory and planetarium (made from European funds), which became operational in 2009 in the “Capital City of the Lower Danube” (in East Romania, former Moldova principality, part of historical Moldova), and around which he founded the Calin Popovici Astroclub (named after the creator of the variable star school in Romania after World War II). He is a well-known...

Venus, Sun, Moon… the three heavenly bodies which are reproduced on Romania's coat of arms. During my travel through the GAM time tunnel, I found them photographed by three important amateur astronomers. Cosmin Sorin Miclos (a council member of SARM and a new symbol of amateur astronomy in Transylvania, nicknamed the “astronomer disciple” after the denomination of the association he leads in Miercurea Ciuc and Brasov) caught Venus (plus the Pleiades and other stars) on April 3, 2020, in superb natural environment in the Harghita County. George Tanase (one of the most beloved members of SARM, nicknamed “a poet-photographer of...

One day in May I felt an irresistible impulse to recapitulate significant aspects of GAM 2020 and I found out other elements to be added to this unique memory. Then I asked my good fellow Florin Alexandru Stancu if there is motivation to try an extension for our pandemic astro-journal and cosmopoetry project of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM (part of the AWB Astropoetry Blog mega-project) as an imperfect, incomplete and non-conformist (but necessary) document of these hallucinating times, and he gladly said: “Let's do it!” So we looked especially for astrophotography and also for other courageous initiatives...