STARMUS on La Palma

Grantecan, the biggest optical telescope in the world, at sunset
Grantecan, the huge Canarian telescope, at sunset

STARMUS is a unique scientific, artistic and musical event taking place mostly in Tenerife this week, with a truly stellar line-up of speakers and performers. I wanted to go, but I couldn’t afford the time or the money.

I say “mostly in Tenerife” because on Thursday Jack Szostak, Brian May, Richard Dawkins, Kip Thorne, George Smoot, Jill Tarter, Alexei Leonov and Neil Armstrong are coming to the Roque de los Muchachos for a round table discussion in the GTC dome at 7 pm. They’ll be talking about things like: Why do we want to go to space? Why do we need to study the Universe? What are the relative merits of manned versus robotic space missions? Where do we go next?

It will be webcast live at

Posted by sheila

Sheila came to La Palma with a six month contract and has stayed 24 years so far. She used to work as a software engineer at the observatory, but now she's a writer and Starlight guide.

This article has 3 Comments

  1. I have read that several observatoria-guides graduated.. You have your certificate yet?
    I would like to see a website that informs visitors completely (pref. in English) what the possibilities are, when and what.. any suggestion?

    Cheers & Saludos,

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