FROM TALLINN TO HELSINKI
OR SUN VERSUS SUPERSTAR
-text and photos Andrei Dorian Gheorghe
design Florin Alexandru Stancu-
In July 2015 I crossed the Finnic Gulf
from Tallinn (Capital of Estonia)
to Helsinki (Capital of Finland)
on a ferry launched in 2008 by an Estonian company
and named just… Superstar,
which astronomically means a supergiant,
something much bigger than our Sun,
which is only a… poor star
belonging to the yellow dwarf population 1 category.
It was one the most interesting roads
between two Capital Cities in my life
because I travelled not on asphalt, but on water.
First I left Tallinn
(with its Finnic-German-Teutonic-Danish-Swedish-Russian-Estonian history)
under an air balloon, a cumulonimbus cloud
and an ambitious vision of the Sun.
Then, going to Helsinki,
I decided to abandon astronomy
and to leave the spirit of Ehaema
(Mother Twilight in Finnic-Estonian mythology),
to dominate the cruise.
But it seemed that the Sun felt so frustrated
because of the pompous denomination of the ferry
that he gave a fascinating show during our advance to north
(3 hours/70 km of marine poetry),
which inspired me to end with a few verses.
In the Finnic Gulf I saw the Sun,
A poor yellow dwarf population 1 star,
Walking not too far
And eclipsing even… a superstar!
© 2016 SARM
(Romanian Society for Meteors and Astronomy)