Astronomical Events

November 10 - Full Moon. The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 20:16 UTC.

November 17, 18 - Leonids Meteor Shower. The Leonids is one of the better meteor showers to observe, producing an average of 40 meteors per hour at their peak.

November 25 - New Moon. The Moon will be directly between the Earth and the Sun and will not be visible from Earth. This phase occurs at 06:10 UTC.

November 25 - Partial Solar Eclipse. This partial eclipse will only be visible over Antarctica and parts of South Africa and Tasmania.

December 10 - Full Moon. The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth. This phase occurs at 14:36 UTC.

December 10 - Total Lunar Eclipse. The eclipse will be visible throughout most of Europe, eastern Africa, Asia, Australia, the Pacific Ocean, and the North America.

December 13, 14 - Geminids Meteor Shower. Considered by many to be the best meteor shower in the heavens, the Geminids are known for producing up to 60 multicolored meteors per hour at their peak.

December 22 - December Solstice. The December solstice occurs 05:30 UTC. This is the first day of winter (winter solstice) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of summer (summer solstice) in the southern hemisphere.


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Sighetu Marmatiei, Romania


University College London (UCL), United Kingdom
MSci Astrophysics with emphasis on Physics, Astronomy, Mathematics and Computing. Expected date of graduation: June 2014;
First year overall grade: 92.8%.  Expected grade: First.

‘Vasile Lucaciu’ National College, Baia Mare, Romania
Graduated in top 2% of the class – secondary school GPA 9.93/10.
Romanian Baccalaureate Diploma (graduation exam: 9.70/10).
Subjects: Mathematics (10/10), Physics (10/10), Romanian (9.10/10)
SAT – standardised test for college admission in the US
Subjects: Maths (800/800), Physics (800/800), Chemistry (750/800), Reading (580/800), Writing (630/800).

Practical Experience

ExoCafe, University of London Observatory (ULO), London
Regularly monitored transiting extrasolar planet systems using University of London Observatory telescopes (programme run by Dr. Steve Fossey);

NEON (Network of European Observatories in the North) Observing Summer School, Molėtai, Lithuania
Youngest participant, the only participant who is not currently studying for a PhD;
Attended lectures given by top scientists in the field;
Gained practical experience in observational techniques using the 1.65 m local telescope and the FIES spectrograph on the Nordic Optical Telescope (2.5 m) in remote control;
Performed reduction and analysis of photometric and spectroscopic data using IRAF and Midas packages;
Gained team work experience while conducting  a research project on photometry and high-resolution spectroscopy of an open cluster in a group of four;
Developed my communication/presentation skills by presenting the results clearly and confidently in front of the other participants, lecturers and organisers.

Department of Physics, University of Heraklion, Crete, Greece
One month internship under the supervision of Dr Pablo Reig;
Spent one week observing Be/X-ray binary stars using the 1.3 m telescope at Skinakas Observatory;
Reduced and analysed the data using IRAF package on Unix system.

‘Vasile Lucaciu’ Astronomy Club, Baia Mare, Romania- Founder and tutor
Taught theoretical and observational astronomy to secondary school students, some of them achieving high performances in competitions – Gold Medal with the Romanian team in the 5th  International Olympiad in Astronomy and Astrophysics, 2011;
Raised the equivalent of 3,000 ₤ to buy telescopes and equipment;
Organised various events to increase the scientific awareness and to present the excitement of Astronomy, especially during the International Year of Astronomy, 2009.

Academic awards

Halley Prize for the Best performance in 1st year Astronomy at University College London;
Gold Medal in the 4th International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics (IOAA), Beijing, China;
Silver Medal and Special Prize for the best result in the Observational Round in the  XIVth International Astronomy Olympiad (IAO) held in Hangzhou, China;
Honourable Mention in the 3rd International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, Teheran, Iran;
Bronze Medal in the 2nd International Olympiad on Astronomy and Astrophysics, Bandung, Indonesia;
Numerous mentions and prizes in the National Astronomy and Astrophysics Olympiads and in the National Physics Olympiads;
Certificate of Distinction for superior performance on the American Mathematics Competition.

 Extracurricular Activities

Transition mentor, UCL Physics and Astronomy Department
Met regularly with ten first year students and provided them with help and advice in the first term of their studies;
Run Peer Assisted Learning sessions to support students academically and to help them develop their learning skills;

The Royal Astronomical Society, London -  elected member
Attended talks and lectures given by some of the best researchers in the field.

Event Horizon – UCL Physics and Astronomy Society – Media and Communication officer (2011-2012) and First Year representative (2010-2011)
Organised guest lectures, physics colloquia and workshops, social events;
Tasks included: coordination and maintenance of website, poster design and general advertising;

UCL Maths Challenge, Volunteering Services Unit
Organised mathematical competition  for primary school pupils from London;
Presented mathematics in a way that would get the students engaged in the subject;
Exposed children to a university setting and lead them to aspire to higher education in the future;

National Astronomy Olympiad, Baia Mare, Romania – Part of the organizing team and National Committee member
Raised funds to organise the event;
Designed the website, the logo and posters;
Participated in the evaluation jury and marked exam papers.

 9 for a New World’ Romanian-Chinese Cultural Project, Shanghai, China
Qualified after taking a test on Chinese history and geography;
Spent two weeks in Shanghai where I learnt about the Chinese language and culture.


Hungarian: mother tongue              English: fluent  (TOEFL iBT test score 105/120)                                      
Romanian: mother tongue               French: advanced knowledge

Windows XP/Vista/7, Linux Ubuntu, IRAF, HTML, MS Office, Open Office,  LaTex
Adobe Photoshop CS5, Macromedia Dreamweaver;

MatLab, C/C++, Borland Pascal

I have a great interest in travelling, learning about new cultures, history and geography. I also enjoy ballroom dancing; I used to be a member of ‘Prodance 2000’ dancesport club (2006-2009) and I continue to dance at university.