new photo blog

i started this blog in 2006, and it's shifted along with my interests through the years. it's been witness to a lot of learning for me...

still, i feel that i need a home for my photography -- so from now on, i'll be posting my pictures on the journal on my reworked website. if you like my photos, you might decide to follow me there!

my first post is here -- check it out!

as for this blog, i'm not sure what will happen. i don't think i'm willing to let it go, and certainly i'll keep it as an archive, but i need some time to figure it out.

for those of you that pop in from time to time, thanks for the visits and encouragement.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

sunset from penteli station

sunset from penteli station
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i shot this from the grounds of the penteli station at the national observatory of athens, just before heading in to hear a regular presentation for the public. we first heard a talk about the importance of the scientific method and, briefly, what we know about our cosmos, and then saw a short film depicting the basics on our solar system and the universe. afterwards, we broke up into smaller groups to see the newall refractor. then we headed outside to hear another talk about the positions of stars in the night sky. we were also able to see vega, a star cluster and jupiter through a smaller telescope.

i was very pleased to see the work that the members of the observatory are doing to educate the public. i was also stunned (negatively) by some the questions. for instance, one visitor asked if stars were .... suns? it seemed as if it was the first time she'd heard it. while we waited for jupiter to rise in the night sky, another asked if we were waiting for it to get closer to earth. still another asked if there was color in the universe.

sometimes i underestimate the extent of ignorance in the general public. i wonder, before these people visited, what they thought when they looked up at the night sky. it's clear that we must make science education very high in our priorities, especially for children and young adults.  i'm glad that the good people at the NOA are doing their best.

©2011 helen sotiriadis

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