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I ♥ astronomy

© 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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Taken on October 20, 2011