August 23, 2010

Blogging from Chile

Mmm, after a veeeery loooong trip, I’m back to Chile. I am now in Santiago, but tomorrow I will fly up to Antofagasta, and then up to Paranal. Looking at my blog I have just noticed the last 3 posts […]
May 14, 2010

Light Pollution: professional astronomers give a very bad example

Light pollution is a serious issue, and it does not affect only astronomers. If you wish to get a nice introduction on the subject, visit the wikipedia page; it contains lots of useful links and references to literature and web […]
April 29, 2010

A memorable afternoon. Meeting Jayant Narlikar & Halton Arp

Prof. Jayant Narlikar is visiting the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics in Garching this week. Today he gave a very interesting seminar on a project he led, for the search of micro-organisms in the stratosphere. You may remember that Jayant […]
April 26, 2010

The 42m E-ELT goes to Cerro Armazones – Chile!

ESO’s Director General has just announced that the 42m E-ELT will be built on Cerro Armazones, Chile. For more details see the ESO press release.  This is some 30km away from Cerro Paranal. So, South America will host the largest […]
April 17, 2010

The Stone Sundial finally sees the Sun

You might remember last summer I had installed a stone sundial. Well, during the Easter vacations I finally found the time to complete it. After we had put it in place on the southerly wall of my friend’s house, I […]
March 28, 2010

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 […]
March 24, 2010

Light pollution in Physics Today

A short one related to my previous post. A paper on light pollution appeared on Physics Today is now publicly available. If you are interested, you can read it here.
March 24, 2010

The curtain falls on CIE 2010

I finally find some time to report about the last day of the CIE conference in Vienna. Where was I? Ah, yes, the Gala dinner. It was very nice, accompanied by Strauss and Mozart music, plaid by three young musicians […]
March 17, 2010

Way too late…

The Gala Dinner of the CIE conference is just over. And it is way too late to report anything sensible about the Circadian Cycle. See you tomorrow 😉