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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...

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

PHOTO BY VALENTIN GRIGORE, POEM BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE

We all know that Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), watching the sky through a lunette, revolutionized astronomy discovering the four largest satellites of Jupiter (nicknamed Galilean satellites), the phases of Venus, sunspots, stars of the Milky Way etc.

So that the 3.58-m national telescope of Italy (built in La...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Monday, 07 July 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

PHOTO BY VALENTIN GRIGORE, POEM BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE

Here are three (of many more) telescopes at the Observatorio del Roque de los Muchachos in La Palma: William Herschel Telescope (the second largest in the European Union), Liverpool Telescope (a robotic one) and Mercator Telescope (named after an important Belgian cartographer), spoiled by sunset to be ready for a new...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Friday, 04 July 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

ASTRO-ART-POEM BY ION(UT) MORARU (English translation by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe)

 
I look for a hope
and I start toward Enceladus,
just toward a geyser,
for a little sign of life.
 
I...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Friday, 04 July 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

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

Rockets rush skyward,
Flash, fall. Jet plane rises too
And continues on

In fading twilight
The plane heads for a slim moon…
A long night ahead

Going from one light
To another, not minding
The darkness between.

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Monday, 30 June 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

PHOTO BY VALENTIN GRIGORE, POEM BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE

The 10.4-m Gran Telescopio Canarias (La Palma, Canary Islands) is the largest optical telescope in the world and was launched in 2009 on the occasion of the International Year of Astronomy.

To photographically catch it together with the Milky Way had been an older plan of Valentin Grigore, enriched in his spring 2014 expedition...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Friday, 27 June 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

ANDEE SHERWOOD, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.

No one noticed the sunset tonight
As the final flame disappeared in the sea.
No one paid attention to the beauty outside.
All eyes glued to computers and TV.

No one glanced up at the sky so dark,
unconcerned with reason or fate.
They shut their doors, turned on their lights,
untouched by the sky's blackest...

Posted By Andrew Fazekas on Thursday, 26 June 2014. Posted in Astropoetry Blog

PHOTO BY VALENTIN GRIGORE, POEM BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE

Is it anything to be compared in beauty with exotic plants on an exotic island (La Palma in the Atlantic Ocean) under the Milky Way?

Perhaps just a real excursion among the stars…