“I have always found that
the concrete discussions on astronomical phenomena
pigmented by artistic meteoric twinkles
are agreeable.”
-Dr. Mirel Birlan (Paris Observatory)-

Astropoem: Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
Photographs: Mihail Robescu and Valentin Grigore
Design: Gabriel Ivanescu

“Liberty, Equality, Fraternity
for all heavenly bodies!” -
I thought when I saw the Place de la Bastille.

“Every stellar system
is a celestial cathedral!” -
I thought when I saw Notre Dame de Paris.

“Never compare the lights of the heavens
with the lights of the Earth!” -
I thought when I saw the Louvre Museum.

“Never compare the roads of the gods
with the ways of the stars!” -
I thought when I saw the Champs-Elysees.

“The lifts to the sky are not rockets,
but some of them would deserve to be!” -
I thought when I saw the Eiffel Tower.

(Oh Paris,
I have always dreamt you as a giant star
on the scale of our microcosm!)

“Never compare the light pollution
with the light revolution!” -
I thought when I saw the sun setting
near the Tour Montparnasse.


2007 June 6:
Andrei Dorian Gheorghe, Mihail Robescu, Mirel Birlan (host) and Valentin Grigore
at l’Observatoire Royal de Paris - the oldest observatory still serving,
built by Claude Perrault and founded in 1672,
after Auzot (astronomer) and Colbert (finance minister)
convinced Ludovic XIV (king) to accept it.


Andrei Dorian Gheorghe:

although born in Romania,
now you are a professional astronomer in Paris
(in an institution led in the past by great astronomers:
Cassini, Lalande, Arago, Le Verrier…)
How do you feel knowing that in 2001
the International Astronomical Union
named an asteroid after you?

Mirel Birlan:

Yes, indeed!
Asteroid 10034 was named after me.
It was both a surprise and a chance.
I think that Edward Bowell, the discoverer of this object
long of about 5 km and placed between Mars and Jupiter,
honored me too much.
Anyway, I was delighted to find that
the International Astronomical Union
accepted this proposal.
Over this event,
I consider that my work in the field of asteroid physics
has given me great satisfactions, which I didn’t anticipate before.
My passion for new observations,
for renewing data analyses, for making new interpretations,
and for sharing my experience with young students
continues to motivate me very much.

© 2007 SARM
(Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy)