HaloThe clouds pass,
the green of nature becomes pale,
the planets rise and set,
even the blue is sometimes
covered by fog.

But the flight and friends remain,
arguments to enjoy the beauty of life…
so little
(as a solar system),
but incomprehensible
(as the Universe).

Image and text copyright © 2009, Valentin Grigore

English translation from the Romanian by Andrei Dorian Gheorghe

Valentin Grigore is the creator and president of the Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy (founded in 1993). He is a meteor observer (with exceptional results at the Leonids 1998 meteor shower), a popularizer of astronomy, a member of the International Meteor Organization and some astronomical societies in Europe and Japan, an astrophotographer (some of his photos being published by IMO, NASA, European Halo Project, etc; he also received a diploma from the International Library of Photography), and an organizer of astronomical events (including EuRoEclipse Perseids 99, with participants come from four continents).