BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE The picture above, taken in Bucharest (the University Square). represents the statue of Mihai Viteazul (Michael the Brave), the monarch who united for the first time the three Romanian states (Wallachia or the Romanian Land, Transylvania and Moldavia or Moldova) in 1599-1600. This union did not resist in those times, but it remained over centuries as the main Romanian ideal, which was achieved later. I have chosen this image as an introduction to a new series of astrotourism projects, which we began in July 2013, after SARM and Friends in association with Astronomers Without Borders finished...

After the gold had left the sky, Cottonwood leaves held it an hour— They were yellow enough to keep the light Alive until an early star Made sure it wasn’t going to die. I’d like to think light has the power To keep some spark within our sight In universes near and far. Reprinted from the book FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT: AN EXPLORATION OF WONDER, copyright 2007 by Robert L. Eklund. Comments You need JavaScript to be able to post comments You need to be logged in to leave a comment Click Here to Login

PHOTO BY VALENTIN GRIGORE, ROMANIA HAIKU BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE, ROMANIA This photo was taken in December 2013 near Targoviste, Romania, during the Geminid meteor shower maximum. Special thanks to Alexandru Sebastian Grigore, who made the design for this work. Comments You need JavaScript to be able to post comments You need to be logged in to leave a comment Click Here to Login

PHOTO BY VALENTIN GRIGORE, ROMANIA HAIKU BY ANDREI DORIAN GHEORGHE, ROMANIA This photo was taken in November 2013, during the 3rd expedition of SARM to the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory in La Palma, Canary Islands. Special thanks to Alexandru Sebastian Grigore, who made the design for this work. Comments You need JavaScript to be able to post comments You need to be logged in to leave a comment Click Here to Login

HAIKU BY BOB EKLUND, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. ILLUSTRATION BY VIRGINIA HOGE, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. Just a few photons Are enough to penetrate All nearby shadows. Reprinted from the book FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT: AN EXPLORATION OF WONDER, copyright 2007 by Robert L. Eklund. Comments You need JavaScript to be able to post comments You need to be logged in to leave a comment Click Here to Login