Apocalyptic weather on Paranal
Published 5/18/2013 in Julien Girard Author jgirard
As some would say: "the Winter is coming..." This is unusual to get such dark and threatening clouds above one of the driest place on Earth. But it's been so for two days and we just hope that no drops of rain will fall down because the Observatory is not made for rain and that's just more hassle for the staff and of course for the occasional visitors who are not getting their projects done. Tonight it got worse, the wind is blowing over 20 meters/second (45 miles/hour) and the humidity rose above 50%... read more ❯

I ♥ astronomy
Published 4/28/2012 in Julien Girard Author jgirard As one can see (I put notes on the flickr image, click on it) 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... read more ❯

The Misty Hill Kareumbi
Published 5/22/2009 in Emanuel Mumpuni Author nggieng
I always very fond for nature, so i always try to go out from the city of light, every while i have the chance. One place that i often visit is hill Kareumbi, a small hill just on the outskirt of Bandung. Certainly, i often visit that place, because there is a small station of my office, the Tanjungsari station. Nevertheless, i will not discuss about the station, instead that during my last visit, i was trapped in the mist. Not the situation that i expected then, but, how i love nature. [caption... read more ❯