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I ♥ astronomy

© Julien Girard 2011


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:


Zoomable Picture (reprocessed by ESO):


The story was put on


and then

the Santiago Times:


on WikiPedia's page about Valentine's day:




Then it was blogged everywhere, starting:


in Russian:


in Chinese:


on Yahoo News:


in Portuguese:


etc. etc.


and on tumblr, rebloggued hundreds of times:

etc. etc.


And one year later, for 2013:



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Taken on October 20, 2011