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© Julien Girard 2011 www.djulik.com

As one can see (I put notes) this 25-second exposure taken on October 20, 2011 contains a lot of things (the Earth's zodiacal light, the "Kiwi", the galactic center, the VLT observatory, a big heart in light painting, etc.) and it is a tribute to my wife who came to live in Chile with me so I could pursue my dream with astronomy. I stood behind my camera setup on a small tripod and fired the timer, then I drew a heart in the air using my ESO tiny key-chain Maglite®. It took me quite a few tried to get it like that especially not having a press-button flash light. Pressed against my fingers the heart was pink/red naturally and I just accentuated the pink.

This Picture was selected as ESO Picture of the week in february 2012 as a Valentine's day image:
www.eso.org/public/images/potw1207a/
www.facebook.com/ESOAstronomy

Zoomable Picture (reprocessed by ESO):
www.eso.org/public/images/potw1207a/zoomable/

The story was put on Space.com:
www.space.com/14562-space-valentines-day-photo-galaxy-hea...

and then
the Santiago Times:
www.santiagotimes.cl/chile/education/23447-heart-shaped-l...

on WikiPedia's page about Valentine's day:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valentine%27s_Day
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Heart_of_the_Milky_Way_-_Valen...

etc.

Then it was blogged everywhere, starting:

in Russian:
www.infuture.ru/article/5687

in Chinese:
roll.sohu.com/20120215/n334812427.shtml

on Yahoo News:
news.yahoo.com/cosmic-valentines-day-photo-wraps-milky-wa...

in Portuguese:
resenha-on.blogspot.com/2012/03/o-coracao-da-via-lactea-p...

etc. etc.

and on tumblr, rebloggued hundreds of times:
www.itsokaytobesmart.com/post/17614238791/put-a-little-sc...

moxielicious.tumblr.com/post/17634460764/put-a-little-sci...
etc. etc.

And one year later, for 2013:
www.space.com/19768-space-valentines-day-photos.html

www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/bad_astronomy/2...

discovermagazine.com/galleries/zen-photo/c/cosmic-valenti...

sandylikeabeach.wordpress.com/2013/02/14/every-day-should...

etc.

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  1. nerolf 42 months ago

    love, love, love...

  2. 28mediaphoto 38 months ago

    Pretty cool shot!

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