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Welcome to the AWB AstroPoetry Blog, where we feature contributions from astropoets around the world.

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Monday, 18 August 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

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

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).

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 14 August 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE

In July 2014 I visited a few countries in the Balkan Peninsula, and the images I selected for this episode contain:

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Tuesday, 12 August 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

BY HARLEY WHITE

Image – The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope captured a cosmic moment of two merging cluster galaxies connected by a bright blue string of young stars.

In a Hubble bubble there’s a pearly gate of blue
bridging ancient galaxies in stunning stellar view.
There we see the sky decked...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Monday, 11 August 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

(Grades 1–6)

First Place:

THIS POEM IS ABOUT THE MOON
By Anaya Agarwal, Ghaziabad, India

This poem is about the moon,
It is going to end soon.
The moon comes in the night,It does not have its own light.
The first man to go there was Neil Armstrong
Well, really am I wrong?
Now you know all about the moon...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Monday, 11 August 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

(Grades 7–12)

First Place:

COSMOPOETS
By Elizabeth Gutierrez, Ingleside, Illinois, USA

I am the Cosmos
The poem is about myself
Its poet is me.

The Cosmos is you
A poem about you all
You are the poet.

Cosmos within us
The poem we seek to write
The poets are we.

...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Monday, 11 August 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

Adult Category

First Place:

CHILDREN FORM AN ORRERY, AND ALL THE PLANETS COLLIDE
By Christine Rueter, Ellicott City, Maryland, USA

A frenzied kid
skirts the Sun
and giggles

while somewhere in the middle
giants drag along their cliques.

On the outskirts
Pluto and friends
grow bored

each...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Friday, 08 August 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

PHOTOS BY VALENTIN GRIGORE, POEMS BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE

We’ve decided a special final episode on the SARM expedition 2014 to the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory (ORM) in La Palma, not before thanking Bob Eklund for his encouragement to make this series, and Alexandru Sebastian Grigore for the design through which he harmonized our works.

This episode includes two astro-photo-tipurituras and two astro-haigas dedicated...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 31 July 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

PHOTO BY VALENTIN GRIGORE, POEM BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE

This picture was taken in July 2014 by Valentin Grigore during the time of an astronomical camp for children, which he led in Runcu, Dambovita County, Romania.

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

Photo by Valentin Grigore, poem by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

In the last episode of this mini-series dedicated to the Isaac Newton Telescope, we have to thank Dr. Ovidiu Vaduvescu, its current manager, who obtained the access for the SARM expedition 2014 to the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma,

Ovidiu Vaduvescu was born in 1967 in Romania, where he became an...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

Photo by Valentin Grigore, poem by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

This is a sequence taken by Valentin Grigore during an observational night at the Isaac Newton Telescope.

It is interesting that, soon after the SARM expedition 2014 to La Palma, three astronomers of Romanian origin, Ovidiu Vaduvescu (manager at the INT and leader of the EURONEAR project), Vlad Tudor and Lucian Hudin discovered...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

Photo by Valentin Grigore, poem by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

Obviously, the Isaac Newton Telescope was named after he who, in the 17th century, founded classical mechanics formulating the laws of motion and universal gravitation, which are available anywhere in the Cosmos.

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

Photo by Valentin Grigore, poem by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

After it was moved to La Palma, the Isaac Newton Telescope became also a symbol of entire European astronomy, many other telescopes being constructed after that on that island!

So that in 1984, the Royal Family of Spain and a few European heads of states launched here the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory as the most important...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Tuesday, 15 July 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

Photo by Valentin Grigore, poem by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

The 2.54-m Isaac Newton Telescope was launched in 1967 by Queen Elisabeth II in Sussex, in a site of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, becoming the symbol telescope and the largest telescope in the UK at its time.

But in 1979, because of light pollution and bad (cloudy) weather, it was shipped to La Palma (Canary Islands, Spain)...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Friday, 11 July 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

PHOTO BY VALENTIN GRIGORE, POEM BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE

MAGIC or the Major Atmospheric Gamma-ray Imaging Cerenkov telescopic system was made in the 2000s in La Palma (Canary Islands), being at its time the largest of this kind in the world.

It is fascinating to be there when its connection to the quiet stars is perturbed by a hurried meteor, a feeling fully lived by Valentin...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 10 July 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

PHOTO BY VALENTIN GRIGORE, POEM BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE

Here is another vision on the ORM in La Palma, this time with: the Herschel Telescope (the second largest in Europe), the Swedish Solar Telescope (which produced the best images of the Sun in 2005) and the Dutch Open Telescope, the last of them having a rather science fiction design.

But the photographer’s vision is entirely...