Category: Science and Arts

Science and Arts

Meeting Alan Parsons

In many occasions I wrote in this blog that my passion for astronomy was accompanied by a deep passion for music. It was around 1978, or 1979, when a strong link between the skies and the music of the Alan ...

Rock Star Paul Young encounters the Stars @ ESO

I am sick, at home. Stomach not working as originally designed. Therefore I find some time to blog. These last days have been very busy with the organization of the ESO Observing Programmes Committee, the board that selects the scientific ...

Lost a chance, maybe forever

Yesterday, while digging into more than 800 emails (already excluding spam) received during my summer vacation, I realized I have lost one of THE chances of my life. Scrolling down the list, searching for the most urgent things, I stumbled ...

Back from the light design conference in Drammen – Norway

Busy days... things have [somewhat unexpectedly] changed in my professional life (I'll blog about this when I'm settled. I just anticipate I'm still an astronomer ;-)), and this comes at a time where many other things are happening. Our paper on ...

The curtain falls on the Light Symposium 2010

Sitting in Stockholm’s Airport I try to rap up these last three days. I must say everything went much above expectations. I met a few remarkable people, Tor Nørretranders and Abraham Haim in the first place. But also a group ...

A dinner with Tor Norretranders in Stockholm

I am just back from a very nice dinner with Tor Norretranders in Stockholm. Impressive personality, vast culture. And, most surprising of all, with a deep knowledge of Astronomy. Ok, now you might ask who this guy is, what on ...

Ancient women in astronomy

Yesterday night I went to the cinema (yes, Lowell, in the end I made it...) and saw Agora, the last movie by Alejandro Amenabar (premiered in Germany on March 13). What does this have to do with astronomy? Well, as ...

There is still… Hope!

You may wonder why from time to time there is a post, in my blog, that is apparently not so much related to astronomy. Well, the lack of connection is indeed only apparent. The way I think and perceive the ...

Late meetings. People who make beautiful things.

This has nothing to do with Astronomy (or maybe it does, but this it is not so important). I am just back from the Prinzregenten Theater in Munich, where David Fray gave a very impressive concert, playing Schubert and Bach. ...

Early meetings. People who make things happen.

Like everyday, this morning I brought my little son to the kinder-garden. On the way I met Tim de Zeeuw, the Director General of ESO. From the window of my office I can see his and I had noticed he ...