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Barlad Expedition 2022 (5) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) The director of the Vasile Parvan Museum opened the Barlad Days 2022 by launching the institution's publications, including the astronomy magazine “Perseus”, edited by the Barlad Astronomical Complex. Then I also presented my book, “Astropoetic Drama”, exemplifying an astroproverb and an astro-tipuritura-strigatura, which delighted a cultured audience, more accustomed to an academic language. So that I once again thanked the poetic form of astronomy, which made me be perceived there as a friend ...
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Barlad Expedition 2022 (4) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) The Sun led me and my astronomer friends to the Vasile Parvan Museum (a splendid palace named after a great Romanian archaeologist), the main host of a famous annual cultural event, the Barlad Days, involving five parallel symposia or five parallel sessions of a great symposium. In the archeology museum building, among the ruined vestiges of the past that once shone, I found another clock impartially measuring the visitors' steps, with the mention that even any huge astronomical step is only transient in the Universe. ...
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Barlad Expedition 2022 (3) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) May 13, 2022. After sunrise, another walk in the center of Barlad with other angles of the light. Then a vision of the Saint Demeter Church (from the 19th century), where I found two astronomical elements: the church clock and the Sun checking each other. #poetry
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Barlad Expedition 2022 (2) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) I could say that the astronomy symposium started right from the first evening, at the central hotel in Barlad, under the moonlight: at dinner, on the terrace, in a room... Elite Romanian astronomers from the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy, astronomical complexes (planetariums and observatories) from Barlad, Suceava and Chisinau (Republic of Moldova), SARM, the terrible team of variable star discoverers from the Galati Astronomical Complex… Passionate discussions about astronomy almost all night… And two participants from other ...
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What a beautiful August full moon! Feast to an eye! Captured August full moon using a mobile camera without any additional accessories. Windy weather and passing clouds!
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Barlad Expedition 2022 (1) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) May 12, 2022. I crossed the Siret river by train. A river that today springs from a neighboring country that is the victim of an unjust war. Then I arrived in the cultural city of Barlad, the former Capital of a medieval country, Terra Berladensis in East Romania, where an avid astronomer, Ciprian Vintdevara, discovered a luminous red nova in 2015. There I caught the Sun setting over the city center… and the Moon stopping a little above the Princely Church like a golden bird. ...
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Mirrored Galactic Image

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Mirrored Galactic Image A galaxy lensed with a prolix name shows as three within the frame, the third distorted in center of view like bridge twixt the other two. The Hubble Space Telescope it’s been said as to distance overhead has revolutionized gravity’s quirk of showing large what might lurk off yonder in background, thus permit peek through a magnified technique at heavenly objects, too far away to be seen as lensing may in shape and in structure, the Hubble’s flair, or to resolve details where what had been spotted was only a blur. Hubble was first to confer the gift of powering mortals to peer ...
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Once a year, my wife and I go to the desert in the Negev, in the southern part of the State of Israel, to watch the stars. What is special about these trips is that I invite everyone who wants to come with their family to give them the best astronomical experience possible. Usually between 100 and 250 participants come to these observations, and we set up a small camp in one of the parking lots in Ramon Crater. On Friday the 5th of August, we drove to the "Nahal Nekrot" (National Reserve Park) in Ramon Crater around four in the afternoon. The temperature outside was 38 degrees Celsius - very hot! We set up the tent, I assembled ...
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FROM THE SLAVES’ ROAD TO THE SKY FOREST: AN INCURSION THROUGH THE AMAZING ROMANIAN TRADITIONS ABOUT THE MILKY WAY By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe and Valentin Grigore August 2, 2022, Runcu Stone. The 30th edition of SARM’s Perseid event opened the 30th year in the existence of this organization. The last presentation in this camp is reproduced below. The Milky Way (Calea Lactee in Romanian)… a wonder tenderly veiling us and displaying its magic over us… a wonder in which we were born and where we live, but we use to forget it, seduced by the delusive comfort of civilization… In 1907, the founder of Romanian astromythology, Ion Otescu, wrote in his ...
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# MilkyWayStarFestival Share your cultural or personal story about our home galaxy ... See Festival program: bit.ly/3vLdRQC #MilkyWayFestival
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A BOTTLE OF STARS

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Image details: The Milky Way panorama. Credit: ESO/S. Brunier https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso0932a/ ––– | A BOTTLE OF STARS | S omebody has once accidentally spilled a bottle full of stars diversified in type, quantity and size Nobody, however, was eager to clean this mess. Therefore, some of them have found their place They chose a cozy corner of an uncharted infinity which was later transformed into the G-zone * The spilled stars were maturing in the care of time and started to astound curious beings And so, the previous anger passed as a beautiful pattern was drawn high above the Earth ...
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Milky Way Star Festival - Astro Camp in Souni (CYPRUS) #kpocyprus #MilkyWay #MilkyWayStarFestival #OnePeopleOneSky A wonderful AstroCamp at Souni vilalge, hosted by "OUR SOUNI CLUB" in cooperation with the KITION PLANETARIUM & OBSERVATORY (CYPRUS). We discussed about the Milky Way, the Constellations and their Myths, we had a laser guided Sky Tour and enjoyed the food and fire. We observed doubles stars, variable stars, nebulae, open clusters, globular clusters, galaxies, the Moon and planets. We observed the ISS and other satellites crossing the night sky. We were lucky to observe around 10 meteors as well. Few of the ...
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Mireille Mathieu in 1976, sang " https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5F3Zbk0EXs La Voie Lactée", a french version of Cole's Stardust Lyrics in french and lower, the translation: Comme un enfant devant la Voie Lactée Quand il croit encore au père Noël Je regarde la première nuit d'été Et son feu d'artifice d'étincelles Et comme au cinéma dans un flash-back Je reviens là-bas vers le passé Quand j'allais certains soirs au bord d'un lac Et que j'oubliais de rentrer La Voie Lactée, c'est le chemin de mes quinze ans Quand j'allais rêver, quand nous partions dans l'immensité Dans la poussière des étoiles et qu'il m'embrassait à chaque étoile filante ...
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In dutch Melkweg, in German Milchstrasse, in french Voie Lactée , in english Milky Way ! A rather poetic name for a giant band of stars seen under clear skies. All those names (even in dutch!) refer to something that crosses the heavens, includes our Universe and turned out to be wrong! It is not the entire Universe ! Up until Galileo, only one Moon (capital letter M) was known. Then many moons were discovered around other planets . They got names and the word "moon" was kept to define them. Once Edwin Hubble located the Andromeda cepheid much much further than within our Milky Way, those spiral and elliptical nebulae became island universes on their own, ...
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With the arrival of high winter, once again in its ninth edition, the Festival do Brilho, known as Glitter Festival, takes place in Goias. The Glitter Festival was conceived by the director of the planetarium at UFG_IESA from 2014 until his death and at the Gunstar team, following his legacy, he continues until then, calling on enthusiasts and lovers of the sky for immersive experiences in a didactic and playful way, using the various tools of the Cultural astronomy such as observations in super telescopes, Astrophotographs of the night sky, Astrotourism, Music and Arts in which 98% of the actions are free of free classification, aimed at family and diversity. ...
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The Philippine archipelago has a very rich diversity of culture with 77 major ethnolinguistic groups (and about 244 subgroups), and foreign influences throughout its history of trading and occupation. This rich cultural diversity has also contributed to a vast scope in Philippine cultural astronomy. In line with our celebration of the Milky Way Star Festival, here are some of the interpretations of the Milky Way based on Philippine ethnoastronomy: The Milky Way is commonly known today to Filipinos as Ariwanas . The term originated in Cordilleran groups, with some variations like the Ariwanat of the Isneg or the Aggiwanas of the Kankanaey ...
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My First Milky Way

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I remember the first time I ever saw the Milky Way galaxy outside of the dome of the city. I went about one hour outside of Montreal to see the Hale-Bopp comet. A beautiful clear night, cold but dark. Every other night wishing city limits I would have to really concentrate to see our galaxy, but that one night - the Milky Way just seemed to jump out of the sky in all its glory. I was so lucky that night, because I also enjoyed the comet! #MilkyWayFestival
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Matariki as a Cultural Astro-Bridge between Two Hemispheres By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (text and astropoems), Danut Ionescu (text and photos) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) In the traditions of the indigenous Maori from Aotearoa (New Zealand), Matariki represents both the Pleiades star cluster and the star considered its mother, Alcyone. (In other words, “a mother with her daughters”.) Next, I'll let Danut Ionescu speak. (Born in Romania, where he was a great popularizer of astronomy, editing the magazine Orion - 1990-1993- and producing the weekly radio show Contact Astronomic-Radio Contact - 1994-1997 -, Danut Ionescu settled in New Zealand ...
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Cosmic Cliffs of Carina

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Cosmic Cliffs of Carina A fabulous fancied land which we glimpse amidst a stelliferous sea where cavern’s been carved by hot young stars, beyond our temporal prison bars, though reminiscent of earthly home bonneted by the firmament’s dome, seventy-six hundred light-years out, abounds in new-found birth round about of baby astrals at edge of place that’s NGC three three two four’s space in stunning state-of-the-art reveal, residing in constellation ‘Keel’. Carina has never looked clearer with James Webb scope’s primary mirror of light collection zone at times six the one developed for Hubble’s pics. This ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (285): Honoring Total Solar Eclipses (3) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) The total solar eclipse - a beautiful bride with more pretenders I wrote this haiku inspired by Catalin Beldea's book launch event from the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy. Later that evening I saw the Moon, the second actor in a solar eclipse, and the brightest star in the Spring Triangle. And I wished all the eclipse hunters, in my way, to get to observe a total eclipse of Arcturus someday. #poetry
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