Members Reports

Driven by my passion for Astronomy, I have built a fulfilling career that combines my love for research with the joy of sharing knowledge through outreach and education. There's nothing quite like the excitement I feel when organizing Astronomy programs, especially when I see children's enthusiasm and curiosity when looking through telescopes. During my time at university, I was fortunate enough to work with telescopes of all sizes and other equipment, an experience that I am forever grateful for. Thanks to the support of my professors and the Director at Birla, I can continue pursuing my passion and sharing my love for Astronomy with others.
AN OCCASIONAL CHARIOTEER By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe . . Because I was a bad charioteer for my own ideas, I just went to the constellation Auriga to learn more about this job. There I opted for the Flaming Star Nebula and stopped right in its bright capital. . -I don't think I can teach you too much - the star AE Aurigae told me. Meanwhile, the world has evolved and animal traction is no longer fashionable. Maybe you should look for a driving school! #poetry
In one of the outreach activity programs on the eve of IAU's 100 Hours of Astronomy at the Birla Planetarium, Hyderabad, sunspot observations were conducted to educate the visitors about this fascinating phenomenon. The visitors could observe the sunspots on the sun's surface through telescopes fitted with solar filters and screen projections. These observations were accompanied by interactive sessions where the visitors explained the causes and effects of sunspots and their importance in understanding the sun's behaviour. The outreach programs were successful in creating awareness about the importance of sunspot observations and generated interest in Astronomy ...
CAPTAIN ON ARGO NAVIS By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe . . For a while, I was the captain of the largest ship in Space, composed of the constellations Carina, Vela and Puppis, and I wanted to reform it. . In Carina I asked the star Canopus to shine less so that the variability of Eta Carinae could be better seen. But Canopus did not listen to me. . In Vela I asked the star Gamma Velorum to shine brighter so that the world could bypass the asterism called the False Cross. But Gamma Velorum did not listen to me. . In this rebellious context I submitted my resignation in Puppis - not in any of its star ...
Happy Thanksgiving to those of you who celebrate the holiday in the US and abroad! I'm sharing the holiday message from the current scientists aboard the International Space Station. Video Description: Aboard the International Space Station, NASA astronauts Jasmin Moghbeli and Loral O’Hara along with ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Andreas Mogensen and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa shared their thoughts about spending Thanksgiving in space and some of the foods they plan to enjoy while in orbit. Video Link on Youtube.com: Thanksgiving Message from the International Space Station
On Thursday, November 30 th at 7:00 PM, ET, Hamptons Observatory and the South Fork Natural History Museum are honored to present a free, virtual lecture by renown meteorologist, Joe Rao, who will speak about the relationship between astronomy, climate and weather. Registration is required: https://bit.ly/JoeRaoTalk For ages man has attempted to make sense of the changing aspects of the Sun, Moon and their possible influence on our ever-changing weather. Can a lack of sunspots ultimately lead to a trend toward colder temperatures? Can the changing phases of the Moon and its distance from Earth lead to stormy periods? Or do the movements of the planets ...
LIFE BEYOND THE EARTH. THE (IN)CORRECT PARADIGM…? by Mirosław Wójcik R ecently questions about life beyond the Earth are becoming more common and, what is more, one can notice that the basic paradigm relating this topic, albeit slowly, is changing as well. I mean the essential, but simultaneously universal, „recipe for life”. Since decades visioners and authors of science-fiction novels, stories have been creating different forms of life using, for that purpose, more or less strict scientific background or, sometimes, relying mostly on their own imagination. F or a long time – one can even say that for much too long – there was only one „golden ...
"Edwin Hubble as a young man. It was then that he said, “If only I could find some principle for whose sake I could leave everything else and devote my life.” He found it, in astronomy. Hubble’s work in astronomy in the 20th century became the foundation for Big Bang theory. Image is a screenshot from a Hubble Space Telescope video ." You might enjoy reading this great article about Edwin Hubble from Earthsky.com, written by Debra Byrd Edwin Hubble and the expanding universe
THE APPROXIMATE NORTH STAR FOR MARS By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe . . Lost in my destiny on Earth, I wanted to change my life and went to explore Mars, where I was a bit confused at first. . -Do not go north, there you will be even more lost in the polar ice cap - I heard the great advice of the little star HD 201834. Trust me! . -Are you - I replied - a compensatory gift for my destiny? #poetry
THE RESCUE ZEPPELIN By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe . . Once in November I went to the southern hemisphere to see a solar eclipse, but I almost got lost in the Large Magellanic Cloud. . Then I prayed to the Southern Cross and was saved by an oblate spheroid, actually a space zeppelin called Achernar, actually a crazy blue star. #poetry

MAGNIFICENT

Image details: Artist’s impression of the remote dusty galaxy A2744_YD4 Credit: ESO/M. Kornmesser https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1708a/ ––– | MAGNIFICENT | W hat's above, magnificent! Based on simple laws or those much more sophisticated Though vast, it's however, still insatiable but it may crunch once. Finally What's above, magnificent! Partially explored, nevertheless, remains intact yet in many places Thus, we want to look up there, even remotely, sending various messengers What's above, magnificent ! A dark mirror of the past flown by brocade . Mirosław Wójcik ...

Solar Observation

When I was a kid the Sun has always held a fascination for me. I used to bore my parents and sister with questions. In fact the first doctor I went to was an ophthalmologist because I used to stare at the Sun trying to understand it. Well time goes by and I had most of my childhood questions about the sun somehow answered. When I bought my first telescope the first thing I saw with it was the sun. I cant forget that day. After watching it for hundreds of times , I am as exited as my first time to see someone else watch the sun for the first time too. Now that someone are kids that are like my age back then when I had questions about the sun and no one to ...
A friend of mine, Mathieu, works for Aerospacelab . He is member of an astronomy club (Astronamur) and takes fantastic pictures of the heavens. In october he told me he participated in the making of a satellite that would be launched in november. It was yesterday's launch! The satellite is called SPIP after the squirrel in the Spirou comic strips! Great job, Mathieu !!
SPEAKING WITH HERCULES By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe . . I thought you were invincible, constellated Hercules, but after your 12 labours I see you now standing on one knee! - I said to the great hero in the sky. . It is not easy for me - he answered – to carry a triple star system, globular clusters, planetary systems, many deep sky objects and even the solar apex. But don't worry, I will stand up for the 13th labour. Yup! And this will be to make you shut up! #poetry
Half an hour before Venus got behind the Moon, this morning, I went outside with my Canon stabilized binoculars. It was very cloudy and windy. Nevertheless, I spotted the Moon, and Venus below left. I would loose track of them or only of Venus, was pleased I could also see them without any instrument. There were anxious minutes but then, U could see the whole event until about one minute before occultation ! I consider this as a success, even though the pictures taken with the smartphone didn't show anything worth showing. The weather wasn't promising but I still could follow it !

A flash in Vulpecula

A flash in Vul has been discovered 2023-11-04 (14m), info coming from : http://www.cbat.eps....86 2740166.html And confirmed : 2023-11-06 18h07 UTC m12.1 (comp stars 12.2 & 12.1) 2023-11-06 18h15 UTC m12.0 (comp stars 12.1 & 12.0) With my Mewlon 250mm f15 EP 288x - A nice target to follow. Apparently, after a first spectrum, this is a WZ Sge-type dwarf nova outburst. Clear skies to you all !
Check out this livestream from the European Space Agency (ESA) on Youtube. Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHWbe82zM8o Description: ESA is releasing the first full-colour images of the cosmos captured by its recently launched space telescope Euclid. Follow live a broadcast of the reveal on Tuesday 7 November at 13:15 GMT / 14:15 CET. Never before has a telescope been able to create such razor-sharp astronomical images across such a large patch of the sky. Five images show that the telescope is ready for its mission to create the most extensive 3D map of the Universe yet and uncover some of its hidden secrets. Credits: ESA - European Space ...
THE SADNESS OF POLARIS By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe . . Dear Delta Cephei, Eta Aquilae, Zeta Geminorum, Beta Doradus and other Cepheids, you can't even imagine my embarrassment because all people orient themselves after me. That's why I would like to be a simple variable living constantly in anonymity. #poetry
This event will occur on Tuesday, November 7, 2023, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, ET. Registration is required for this free, virtual event. Go to: https://bit.ly/SolarEclipseTalk Hamptons Observatory, and co-host Suffolk County Community College, are pleased to present a free, virtual lecture by Dr. Kate Russo. A total solar eclipse is a powerful event to witness. Some find the experience so profoundly moving that they repeatedly travel great distances to view them. Others have been inspired to express their experience in poetry, music and art. In this presentation, renown solar eclipse aficionado and author, Dr. Kate Russo, will delve deep into a simple yet ...