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Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in AstroCrafts

Create a Solar System Mobile - AstroCrafts October 2014

 Photo by Kathleen Horner

Our Solar System To be or not to be, that is the question concerning the number of planets in our Solar System. Pluto has taken a beating over the years as it was once considered a planet until the International Astronomical Union came up with a new classification of what defines a 'planet'. The...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

Photo by Valentin Grigore, Poem by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe, DESIGN BY ALEXANDRU SEBASTIAN GRIGORE

This urban astrohaiga with an image including the Super-Moon over Targoviste (former Capital of the Romanian Land) was taken by Valentin Grigore in 10 August 2014 and represents an invitation to visit a few new cosmopoetry projects on astrotourism, made by Dan Uza, Valentin Grigore, Florin Alexandru Stancu (web designer...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

by Dan Durda

Title: “Beach by Dan Durda” Caption: “Sunrise on a very distant beach.”

Otherworldly planetary landscapes and their alien biotas fill my space artwork thanks to a nearly life-long fascination with the idea that we might live in a galaxy packed to the rafters with habitable worlds. As I described in my...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 16 October 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

by Dan Durda

Title: “Mars Landing: Heading for the High Ground by Dan Durda”
Caption: “A little Photoshop makeover and Death Valley's Mars Hill becomes... Mars! I used a panorama of a couple images I took during our IAAA Death Valley workshop in 2005 to create this Martian landscape.”

As I recounted in...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Wednesday, 15 October 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

by Dan Durda

Title: “New Horizons by Dan Durda”

Caption: “Completed for the New Horizons mission to Pluto before the spacecraft was even built and launched. This was my guess at some of the interesting geological features and activity that we might see when we finally see Pluto up close for the first time. When asked at the...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 09 October 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

PHOTO BY PAUL MORGAN, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. - HAIKU BY BOB EKLUND, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.

How bright the full moon!
Coming out of her eclipse,
Unhurt by shadow.

Photo of October 8, 2014 total lunar eclipse taken with Canon EOS T2i camera.

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Tuesday, 07 October 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

BY SHREYAS GOKHALE, JABALPUR, INDIA

Every month on my horizon, I welcome new friends.
We meet, we talk, I watch them go and seek who now ascends.

In January when it's frosty chill, the pale Pollux comes out
with cold Castor, I watch them from my fireplace window, route.

Comes in the February, the springing spring, the Regulus in the sky,
With gleaming bright, it makes my eves so cursorily...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 02 October 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

POEM BY BOB EKLUND, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.

Unable to decide
If it were yet
Time for the year to turn
To summer-set,

The Sky and Ocean held
A tête-à-tête
Off the horizon where
They always met.

Old Ocean dragged his heels
And threw his weight,
To put off changes till
A later...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Friday, 26 September 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

BY DANNY BEST, FLORIDA, U.S.A.

most memories tend to birth themselves
from within the natural realms
of our everyday lives

routinely prompted
by some evidential experience
but…more often than not
by just about any other little thing

like a rise…or a fall
in the ambient temperature of a
quavering…translucent
liquid…summer…sunrise

that we...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 25 September 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

POEM AND PHOTO BY PAUL MORGAN, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.

Aware that summer’s change to fall is no eye-blink,
We still compute that exact balance point we think
Evens out, if only for that instant, our day/night.

Garden dwellers know such moments in ways more profound,
While I find joy enough, savoring this pre-equinoctial sundown,
Its evening glow...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Wednesday, 24 September 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

PHOTOS BY VALENTIN GRIGORE, POEMS BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE, DESIGN BY ALEXANDRU SEBASTIAN GRIGORE

These images from Valentin Grigore’s meteor collection 2014 represent:

two meteors (separated in time by only 6 minutes) next to the Pleiades and the Hyades, caught at Blaga’s Rivulet (Brook). Mount Cindrel, in 4 August, and identified by Valentin Grigore as two possible Southern Delta Aquariids.

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Wednesday, 17 September 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

PHOTOS BY VALENTIN GRIGORE, POEMS BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE, DESIGN BY ALEXANDRU SEBASTIAN GRIGORE

These are sequences taken by Valentin Grigore during SARM’s Perseid astronomical camp...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Wednesday, 10 September 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

PHOTOS BY VALENTIN GRIGORE, POEMS BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE, DESIGN BY ALEXANDRU SEBASTIAN GRIGORE

Valentin Grigore imagined the 22nd edition of SARM’s Perseid Event in two parts:

21 July - 5 August in the Meridional Carpathians, Transylvania province (a mountain camp including a traditional astronomical summer school)

10 August - 20 August around...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Tuesday, 09 September 2014. Posted in AstroArts Blog

by Yin-Ju Chen

I would like to talk about three influential movies that have spurred my artistic practice in recent years. They are 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), For All Mankind (1989), and THX 1138 (1971)

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey 

The first time I watched 2001: A Space Odyssey was during an unbearably hot summer in Taipei in 2000....

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Tuesday, 02 September 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

PHOTOS BY VALENTIN GRIGORE, POEMS BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE, DESIGN BY ALEXANDRU SEBASTIAN GRIGORE

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...