Valentin Grigore writes
Many people wanted another international year of astronomy because they felt that astronomy is not only a simple science and the sky is not only a simple study object, so the Global Astronomy Month came naturally.The website has hundreds of photographs of the events they organised plus contributions from around the world.
GAM meant a special living under the starry canopy connected to the coming of the spring, when the sap of the Earth meets the sap of the Sky, and this union arouses all and gives life.
We had a month with many celestial events:
a splendid lunar circuit
(begun and ended with the full moon),
the planet Saturn like a "planet with handles"
(just as Galileo Galilei had seen it four centuries ago),
and a supplementary sky gift,
the Lyrid meteor shower.
And sky lovers also organized a solar week, a lunar week, star parties and even remote astronomy programs.
We felt more,
although we had to confront
the barrier of light pollution,
a measure of human ignorance.
Our souls should reflect the light of the stars
just as it really is,
because astronomy is not only a simple science,
and the sky is not only a simple study object.
The sky is all!
UK contributions include:
My own haiga which first appeared on Spring Haiku 2010.
Pluto is turning red
they tell us. Warns us of what
force melts its cold face?
24th April 2010 was
BENEATH THE ASH CLOUD
Across a clear sky
Unsullied by vapour trails,
A meteor streaks.
John Francis Haines
The Coordinator's Last Words are
INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY
Let's celebrate cosmology,
planetology and astrometry,
galactic and extragalactic astronomy,
astrophysics and astrochemisry,
astrobiology and astrophilosophy.
this itemization of the profound branches
of the "queen of sciences"
appears like a succession of rhymes.
But only watching and feeling the sky
we can celebrate astronomy
Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
SARMs Astropoetry Master Club tried successfully to release this project before May 18th and May 24th, the birthdays of Steliana Gheorghe (1934-2009) and Costica Gheorghe (1927-2007), in order to honour their decisive role in the existence of the international contemporary astropoetry movement.
SARM's Astropoetry Master Club and Friends tried to make in this project not only the largest-ever web page of astropoetry and astropoetic images, but also a record of beauty regarding the cosmic reflection in the human soul.
And after all Astropoetry to the Global Astronomy Month 2010 represented the most beautiful gift for when I turned 50 years.
Andrei Dorian Gheorghe,
2010 May 14th
See it all by visiting Global Astronomy Month