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  I made the astro-photo-tipurituras (APT) above using three images taken in Bucharest as follows: In 9 April, sunrise from the solar window of my departed parents. In 9 April, sunset near the Admiral Vasile Urseanu Bucharest Municipal Observatory, built...

10.9 hours ago

Telescopes in Exotic Places

The atmosphere is rather handy for us as humans because it allows us to breathe, keeps us warm (warmer than space at any rate) and shields us from harmful radiation from the Sun, cosmic rays, small meteors and other things...

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Communication challenges

At it's most basic, the science of astronomy involves nothing more than collecting the faint photons emitted by distant objects, and using that information to try to understand the physics and chemistry (and, one day perhaps, biology?) of what we...

15 April

APT SARM for GAM 2014 (3)

 In 9 and 10 April the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM) and its president Valentin Grigore (also the photographer for this project) were involved in three activities dedicated to Global Astronomy Month 2014 in Targoviste: At the Chindia...

15 April

Unhurt by Shadow

How bright the full moon Coming out of her eclipse Unhurt by shadow. From the book “First Star I See Tonight: A Celebration of Wonder,” copyright 2007 by Robert L. Eklund.

13 April

Space, The Shared Frontier

Whether viewing space from the Earth, or Earth from space, the cosmos have the ability to unite us as inhabitants of one planet. This essay by former NASA astronaut Ron Garan, originally posted on his personal Google+ page , is...

12 April

5 Coolest Features of Distro Astro, Linux for Astronomers

  Now that Windows XP is retired, many people will upgrade to newer versions of Microsoft Windows. An adventurous few may explore alternative operating systems. If you are an astronomy fan, one such alternative is Distro Astro, a Linux-based operating...

15.6 hours ago

APT SARM for GAM 2014 (5)

Valentin Grigore’s TV Show, Noi si Cerul / Us and the Sky, founded in 2008 as a follower of the past magazine of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM), had, as guest in 12 April, the astropoet Andrei...

15 April

APT SARM for GAM 2014 (4)

In 10 April Valentin Grigore, president of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (SARM), participated at a session of astronomical lectures organized in Bucharest for Global Astronomy Month 2014 by the Henri Coanda College, named after a famous Romanian...

15 April

Is light pollution for the birds? Not all of them. Read this 5th grader's research that won him 1st place in a regional science fair

My name is Ty Pham-Swann and I created a dark sky project that won a first place prize at the Southern Arizona Regional Science and Engineering Fair (SARSEF). I’m a 5th grade student at Canyon View Elementary in Tucson. My...

14 April

Under a Blood Red Moon

When the Moon turns red, it is surely a sign of doom. Or is it? On the night of April 14-15, 2014, people in North America, South America and parts of the Pacific will get to judge for themselves with...

13 April

Share the beauty of the stars with children

Stars are the jewels of the universe; they enlighten our nights and our paths, enchant our spirits since our early childhood. Children entered a long time ago into a unique relationship with stars. Fascinated by the celestial show, the children...

11 April