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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (309): AIRA’s Asteroid Day 2022 (9) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poetical chronicle) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) Jean Dragesco’s old black and white astrophotos (nebulae, galaxies, comets, planets, etc.)… Valentin Grigore’s digital astrophotos (meteors furrowing the sky - in the Milky Way, Pleiades, etc.)… First, I watched the mini-exhibition of the first one, which also included solar and lunar details. Jean Dragesco was born in 1920 in Romania. He created an association and a magazine of astronomy in 1938, and in 1940 he emigrated to France, where he became a great astrophotographer ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (308): AIRA’s Asteroid Day 2022 (8) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poetical chronicle) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) The astronomical presentation of Dr. Diana Constantin inspired Valentin Grigore and me to go to the Sun Dome, under the sign of light. Sun… Free and bright? Or prisoner in a telescope? Constant magic! #art #poetry
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (307): AIRA’s Asteroid Day 2022 (7) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poetical chronicle) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) The coordinator of the Bucharest Municipal Observatory (and also researcher at AIRA), Adrian Bruno Sonka, gave two impressive lectures about asteroids (richly pigmented with his unique humor), which included not only the major astronomical aspects, but also the display of some places on Earth impacted by such heavenly bodies. His lectures inspired me to recite later that day, also at AIRA’s event, an astropoem that I had published in 2000 in the magazine ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (306): AIRA’s Asteroid Day 2022 (6) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poetical chronicle) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) Asteroid Day 2022 at AIRA also gave rise to a special ceremony in a small setting, right in the office of the director of AIRA, Dr. Mirel Birlan, with the participation of the SARM president, Valentin Grigore, and myself. In that special framework, we donated to the AIRA Library some books (by the editor Dan-George Uza and Andrei Dorian Gheorghe) of the astronomical culture publishing house Astromix (associated with SARM). Also on this occasion I had the great ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (305): AIRA’s Asteroid Day 2022 (5) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poetical chronicle) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) The first presentation of the president of SARM, Valentin Grigore, at AIRA that day was called “Meteors - messengers of comets and asteroids”, and synthesized his complex astronomical and historical view about these heavenly bodies and their connections, in front of an enthusiastic audience. At the end, I completed him with a short astro-humanistic discourse and then I recited an astropoem that I had published in 1999 in WGN - the Journal ...
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The More We Know

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The More We Know While novel revelations come and go, discoveries that shed uncharted light, the more we know the more there is to know. We seek to see into the heavens’ show with telescopes that stretch our earthly sight while novel revelations come and go plus suppositions pertinent although while seeming sapience to overwrite the more we know the more there is to know. Discoveries bring queries apropos, some theories rejected reignite, while novel revelations come and go. Sagacity in science may outgrow existing thought amongst the erudite. The more we know the more there is to know. How can we ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (304): AIRA’s Asteroid Day 2022 (4) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poetic chronicle) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) The visiting public was welcomed with exhibitions of astronomical books and toys, information about asteroids and AIRA’s MOROI (Meteorites Orbits Reconstruction by Optical Imaging Network)… …imaginary journeys in time through classic astrophotography (by Jean Dragesco) and contemporary astrophotography (by Valentin Grigore), and through the museum hall of the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy... But who knows? Maybe we ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (303): AIRA’s Asteroid Day 2022 (3) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poetic chronicle) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) In the corridor of the Astronomical Institute, dominated by a portrait of its founder from 1912, Nicolae Coculescu, I was happy to capture three symbol astronomers of Romania in a picture: Valentin Grigore (president of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM), Adrian Sonka (coordinator of the Bucharest Municipal Observatory) and Mirel Birlan (current director of the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy). It was also a pleasure for me to meet ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (302): AIRA’s Asteroid Day 2022 (2) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poetic chronicle) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) Director Dr. Mirel Birlan and his team of professional astronomers from the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy organized a splendid Asteroid Day in 2022. For this, they created a chain of astronomical friendship and also called amateur astronomers and astronomer museographers (from the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy-SARM, the Bucharest Astroclub, the Admiral Vasile Urseanu Municipal Observatory, the Urania Astronomical Association, Science ...
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Last Friday (2022/09/16) we organized an astronomical event for a French company which assists the transformation of organizations in their decarbonization. A team of 90 peoples came with Jean-Marc Jancovici, founding partner of the company and very popular in France. We first organized an outside lunch on the parking of the OAB observatory. In France it’s impossible to organize an event without something to eat and to drink. During this session I only sketch on the spot with black ink and some cold coffee for the pigment. Some color was added only here for the lamp decoration In parallel with the lunch an half of the team was looking to an astronomical ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (301): AIRA’s Asteroid Day 2022 (1) By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poetical chronicle) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) June 2022 with the Moon… the star Vega… and the Sun in Carol Park, right next to the Astronomical Institute of the Romanian Academy - AIRA. (It was on June 30, 2022, on Asteroid Day, and this way I greet - you know why - the astrophysicist guitarist Brian May!) #poetry
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (300): June 2022 By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) Fierce clouds… The Sun and the Moon… Another flood on my boulevard… And Orion with Canis Major, returned from the southern hemisphere and happy after crossing the new river. #poetry
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Every 15th of the month, except in April, AWB-Serbia is organizing a small quiz featuring 10 questions on a selected astronomical theme. On September 15th, was the theme of 62nd Quiz: "Titan". We had 85 participants, each got an astronomy e-book, and a certificate.
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (299): A Snowy Evening By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) Blocked by snow, on March 8, 2022 I could only admire the Sun descending near the dome of the astronomical observatory at the National Children's Palace, followed by the appearance of the Moon. Later I caught the star Procyon thinking about the distribution of snow on its planets. #poetry
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (298): A Snowy Morning By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) On March 5, 2022, I saw a normal sunrise. On the evening of March 6, 2022, I saw a heavy snowfall. On the morning of March 7, 2022, I saw the city covered with snow. Hey, are you really composed of hydrogen and helium, Snow Sun? #poetry
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (297): Another Multicultural Walk By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) November 22. 2020. Before handing over the baton of light to the Sun, Venus suggested me a new multicultural walk, which I started symbolically with an Indian restaurant with elephants carrying the Sun on their backs. Then (hunting other astral symbols) I saw more: -A church in Byzantine style (Iancu Nou, founded in the 1870s). -The former building of the Union Typography (made in 1919 in French eclectic style, now completed by a modern building). -The old building selected ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (296): Near the Vernescu House By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem-essay) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) Created in 1821 in French eclectic style, the Vernescu House was once a place for aristocratic parties, a headquarters for ministries, a protocol room for leading communists, a headquarters of the writers' union, and now it is a casino-restaurant. I visited it on November 6, 2020, after I passed through Central Bucharest: a municipal library, a cultural center, the Art Museum, the Romanian Academy, an old church... And when I saw it I felt like I was slipping ...
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By Happenstance

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By Happenstance By happenstance a glance may say we humans saw the light of day in universe’s vast expanse to personate our song and dance within a fleeting earthly stay. At night black velvet sky array stelliferous with appliqué might seem to firmament enhance by happenstance. Yet ‘midst the starry overlay concomitantly underway cause and effect their course advance encompassing in nexus trance connections cosmic, not at play by happenstance. ~ Harley White * * * * * * * * * The poem is in the form of a rondeau… A source of inspiration was the following… Info and image ~ ...
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (295): Growth and Decay By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) December 19, 2021. After sunset, I relaxed with Jupiter, Vega and Capella. Then I assisted (as in anyone's life) the growth and decay of a lunar crown. #poetry
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Cosmic Multicultural Bucharest in the Pandemic (294): Baffling Elevation By Andrei Dorian Gheorghe (astro-photo-poem) and Florin Alexandru Stancu (design) February 27, 2022. The Sun rose, accompanied by reflections... and only after he gained some height I could recognize him! #poetry
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