Science Day at ESO

The staff of the European Organization for Astronomical Research (ESO) includes people coming from very different fields. Given the fact that we design, build and operate telescopes and instruments, our teams are composed by a mixture of mechanical, optical, electronic and software engineers plus, of course, some astrophysicists. These have a double life within the

SETI Institute Anniversary 1/6: The Milky Way Galaxy

It is getting more and more difficult to find a dark place, without night pollution and far from the smog of the cities, to be able to realize that we are part of a large barred spiral galaxy called the “Milky Way Galaxy”.  Seen from Earth, our galaxy will appear as a fuzzy arc in the sky commonly called the Milky Way and composed of 200-400 billion stars. This picture  taken by Tony Hallas, a mosaic of 24 frames taken in north of California, was shown in APOD on December 25 2009.

Foggy day & Foggy mind – SETI Anniversary Colloquium

My Office building this morning at UC-Berkeley
My Office building this morning at UC-Berkeley

Today I was not sure I will find my office at UC-Berkeley. As you can see on this picture it was not an easy task and I had to rely on my instincts and my phone GPS to find it. 🙂

Anyway, here I am thinking about what should be my priorities in the list of important tasks that I have to do today. Somehow this picture is depicting a bit how I feel about my work today.

A discussion about the US Space Science Budget (FY 2011 and beyond)

A few days ago, the Obama administration revealed the requested budget for FY 2011 which includes the budget for federal agencies such as NASA and NSF. Almost simultaneously, the NASA administrator Charles F. Bolden described in a speech the future of NASA and US space exploration. This is an exciting time for us since we have been waiting for a year to get from the “new” administration a clear statement about the space exploration. 

Beyond 2009

Well, I’ve been quiet for a while and its good to still be able to post here, so far 2010 has been a productive year! Last week I was out with the “Space Bus”, which is single deck coach stripped of its inside and replaced with a 3D screen to watch movies on, and have