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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (16): On the Lascar Cartagiu Boulevard By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) “The pandemic has blocked my dreams for a while: no travels around the world, no excursions in my country, no participation in astronomical events, no lessons of astro-humanistic creativity for young students, no camps for the observation of the sky… I feel like the historical buildings are replacing the classical stars. How much do we have to wait?” – I thought in a sunny day (November 11, 2020), when I walked among superb houses on the northern segment of the Lascar Catargiu Boulevard ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (15): Three Romanian Personalities with Love for the Cosmos By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) 2021… An end of January with reminders about great people who loved the Cosmos even though they were not astronomers: -Dimitrie Cantemir (1673-1723) was an erudite ruler of the Romanian state of Moldova whose cultural opera marked three empires: Ottoman, Roman-German and Russian. In “The Hieroglyphic History” he wrote verses about the Milky Way, constellations and planets. -Ion Heliade Radulescu (1802-1872 ) was the first president of the Academy of United Romania. ...
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A Heavenly Helix

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A Heavenly Helix In Greek a helix means twisted or curved, a spiraling shape of utmost purport midst nature’s creations of every sort from outer space to what science observed for patterns of DNA molecules essential for all the known forms of life, of which our sublunary world is rife, with helices found in coiling duals. By contrast the nebula Helix huge, termed NGC Seven Two Nine Three, too, is causing a cosmic hullabaloo as dying star sheds strands in dust deluge. The varied wavelengths detected combine in picture info from Chandra, X-ray; with optical, Hubble; GALEX survey for ultraviolet; then to entwine ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (14): On the Old Segment of Bucharest’s Universal Street By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) On December 29, 2020 the Sun inspired me to walk on the old segment of the Lipscani Street, which begins with a statue of the she-wolf breastfeeding two twin brothers, Romulus and Remus, legendary founders of Rome (in fact, an old gift from the Rome Mayoralty to Romania, also a Latin country). The Lipscani Street in the historical center of Bucharest was created around 1700 to become the main commercial street in Wallachia. Initially dominated by German merchants ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (13): A Solar Halo during GAM 2021 By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) April 2021. The second edition of Global Astronomy Month in the pandemic. Bad luck. New nocturnal restrictions because of the third pandemic wave. But… April 20, 2021: If you are lucky to see Even a small solar halo, you can say: Amazing astronomy! It is also good in the light of day! #poetry
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (12): About the Ottoman Pathway By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) Islamic culture came to Romania through the Ottoman pathway of an empire that had already conquered the Arab world and Southeast Europe, taking over the astronomical traditions of the Islamic golden age and Ulugh Beg’s great achievements in astronomy. I must note that the Romanian states did not become “pashaliks”, but only tributary states to the Ottoman Empire (the Romanians could keep their official religion while the Muslims could not build mosques on the territories ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (11): Next to a Chinese Gate By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) On the morning of October 18, 2020 I saw a Chinese restaurant open in an old Bucharestian house, adorned with Chinese symbols and a traditional Chinese gate. Its name, “Temple of the Sun”, moved my mind to the tragedy of the ancient Chinese astronomers Ho and Hsi, beheaded by their emperor in the 2nd millennium BCE because they were not able to predict a total solar eclipse. I would say that my indignation about that imperial crime, along with the Sun just rising, put me on fire. ...
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There are not many planetariums in the sparsely populated star paradise of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. This became clear again at the 13th annual meeting of the astronomical institutions of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (M-Vs). It took place on October 30 th , 2021 in the Hanseatic city of Demmin and was organized by the Demmin astronomy station . The special thing about the annual meeting of the astronomical institutions M-Vs is that they are organized every year by a different institution. Thus, the community of star friends who meet regularly over the years visit the most diverse places in the country. Another peculiarity is due to the ongoing Covid-19 ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (10): Thinking of Astronomy from the Catholic World By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) To continue my invitation to universal harmony, based on astronomical aspects of various cultures of the world, on October 18, 2020 the Sun himself and a sun painted by child directed me to the sculpted sun of the Catholic Cathedral in Bucharest, an edifice made in Romanic-Gothic style by the Romanian state in the 1870s (although most Romanians are of the Orthodox Christian faith), where I took a few pictures in daylight. I returned there on October 22 to ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (9): Thinking of Greek Astronomy By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) The Greek Church (leader of Eastern Christianity or Orthodox Christianity) claims priority in Christianity because Saint Paul and Saint Andrew first passed with their messages through the territory of Greece. In the 1890s the Greek government made a wonderful church in Bucharest for the large Greek community established in Romania. Under its cross, the church includes columns remembering the Athenian Acropolis. I visited this church on October 18, 2020 and thought of the great astronomers ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (8): From David to Einstein By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) In October 2020 I did a tour of the four beautiful synagogues that have remained in Bucharest from the 19th century (Royal Romania hosted before World War II, among many other communities that lived in harmony, a strong and very active Jewish community). I had in my mind the tumultuous times in Jewish history from King David (a predecessor of astronomical poetry through verses he wrote in his “Psalms”, in which he connected the stars to God’s glory) and Albert Einstein (creator of the revolutionary ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (7): Near the House of the Sphinx By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) On October 18, 2020, I walked around an interesting ante-war building nicknamed “the House of the Sphinx”, which made me think of the ancient Egyptian Empire of the Sun, including the Great Sphinx of Giza, the Great Hymn to the Aten (or to the solar disk), Amon-Ra (the supreme god of the whole Cosmos), pyramids, temples, calendars and activities connected to the position of the stars. And I was so delighted that I urgently needed to see a sunrise. I did it the next day right from the apartment ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (6): In Front of the Statue of a Dacian Aristocrat By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) On 5-6 November 2020, when the first pandemic autumn was fully installed in Romania (along with the second pandemic wave), I photographed the three heavenly bodies that are reproduced on the Romanian coat of arms: the Sun (with a small halo), the brightest star (a role played this time by the planet Mars) and the Moon (with a small crown), and this made me think of the Romanians’ ancestors. The Geto-Dacians were the northern branch of the Thracians (known today especially ...
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Cleopatra’s Nebulous Eye In constellation Eridanus or the River, a stunning nebula lies of brilliant turquoise with bright stellar core resembling one orb of a pair of eyes. Misnomered from early telescope looks as ‘nebula planetary’, widespread for term that persisted in astro-books, ‘twas spotted by William Herschel it’s said in seventeen eighty-five, when believed to be related to planets descried although we now know this was ill-conceived since we’ve discerned it as blurrily spied. An inner ring oblong surrounding star at center and dual companion too suggested by measurements from afar by Hubble observed ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (5): Another Time Tunnel By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) On September 13, 2020, a solar reflection in the portal (with sculptures representing caryatids and atlantes from Ancient Greece) of the eastern entrance to the Villacrosse-Macca Passage (built in the 1890s in Central Bucharest after the project of architect Felix Xenopol) made me go inside, where I found a few statuettes with Christian angels. Initially, this passage was “the first mall in Bucharest”, then its stores were replaced with exotic restaurants and coffee bars, but now all activities were ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (4): A Ray from Babylon By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) In the winter of 2021 (on January 5th) I went to see an interesting church, made in 1727 by the ruler of Wallachia, Nicolae Mavrocordat (who came from the Greek-Byzantine neighborhood of Ottoman Istanbul, Phanar, where the Christian Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople had his headquarters). The exterior of this church was painted with prophets and prophetesses who had anticipated the coming of the Christian Savior, a reason for which it was nicknamed the “Church of Saints and Sibyls”. Unfortunately, ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (3): Sunrises in the Summer of 2020 By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) Looking at three photos I took in the summer of 2020 (on June 28th, July 18th and August 21st) from a high place, with three sunrises above Bucharest, I remembered a time full of hope, in which many thought the pandemic would go away on its own. But it was not like that… Pandemic - to be captive on Earth, but having the whole sky’s freedom #poetry
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (2): Moderating Dracula’s Fury By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) The most famous Romanian brand is probably Dracula. As an irony, that is not the ruler Dracula from the 15th century, but a fictional character: the vampire created by the Irish writer Bram Stoker in 1907 (whose name was given, in the meantime, to the most important award in horror literature). In fact, the real Dracula (Vlad Tepes the Impaler) was a cruel champion of justice who stopped an Ottoman invasion through a night attack near the Capital City of Wallachia, Targoviste, in 1462, and ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (1): A Photo-Memory from Global Astronomy Month 2020 By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) Tangent arc above the Sun. People suffering - they cannot touch it. I took the symbolic picture above on 21April 2020, right during the national quarantine caused by the pandemic, which obstructed Global Astronomy Month 2020. After the previous two mega-series of astro-photo-poetry made by the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM (through Andrei Dorian Gheorghe, Valentin Grigore, Florin Alexandru Stancu and their guests), “For Global Astronomy Month ...
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BEINGS

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Image details: Artist’s impression of the newly-discovered rocky exoplanet, LHS 1140b Credit: M. Weiss/CfA https://www.eso.org/public/images/eso1712c/ --- |BEINGS| W hoever we're we mark our footprint on the blue world, so fascinating It's up to us, solely, what kind of heritage it will be: Poetry of beauty of mankind's creativity or depressing proof of destructive ignorance We're beings which proudly call themselves the greatest sensation of the Universe However, there's something that still defines us since centuries; a warlike gen It's our burden we don't especially bother, perhaps because we got accustomed What can change ...
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