1. The trip of the photon

  2. Planet formation

  3. How stars are born

  4. A cosmic dance

  5. The ages of the Universe

  6. The sky and its stars

  7. Wenulewfv the word that dream us

  8. The observation of Light

  9. A window to the Universe

  10. An astrophotographer in Santiago Chile

  11. Mysteries of the Cosmos



While the sweet scent of the canelo
and the laurel medicine trees
rose to the skies
the Parents of my Parents glimmered
as they gazed at the Southern Cross.

Elicura Chihuailaf
Translation: Camila Yver

Cities gather us in different ways, we dwell them, walk around its streets and avenues attending our own eagerness. Many cities have rise over us with huge buildings that show the ability of societies to overcome our scale, and so in a display of phenomenal energy, cities keep moving.

Now days, electric light seems to be a primary need for todays society. Cities and their lights shine over the night sky, blinding our eyes of the ordinary exercise of looking to the starry night that practice our ancestors. Those who have been in the Atacama Desert know that once is late night, looking at the stars there is a different experience, from the one we are used to when we look at the stars from our “shining” cities. This thought becomes most significant while we start to think about our everyday experience. Have we lost something in the way?

Our culture as human beings, have always been related to the night sky observation. Today, new planetary systems are discovered weekly, observation tools and instruments are increasingly sophisticated; we can look at the origin of the Universe and make an image of it. We live in a fast and fascinating era in which we can dazzle with images of supernova’s explosions, nebula clouds and faraway galaxies. The understanding of what “surround us” changes radically and Astronomy raises new questions, challenging the limits of our comprehension. Now we can look farther and farther and so wider the horizon becomes.

Facing this prospect, we propose to add different points of view. Contributing to the astronomical reflection from different angles, being the scientific perspective one in many others possible. Because we are interested in poetry, music, art and design, also in casual conversation, laughter, awkwardness and contradictions, in things that move and those who stay quiet, we are interested in large and small questions of humanity.

This first edition of Galatic Magazine is the number cero and has as main subject the Birth, the origin of things and also the origin of this project. This is a starting point of a conversation that we hope will spread in time, and so will convene many voices and many views.

Javier Quintana

Galactic Magazine

The trip of the photon

TEXT Julien Milli


Let's follow this tiny particle through different places in space, and so understand some of the phenomenon that makes and so its importance for the astronomical observation.


Planet formation

TEXT Nicolás Rojas

We talk to the PhD Sebastián Perez, who tells us about the research in Planetary formation in ALMA Observatory, the world's biggest set of radiotelescopes.


How stars are born

TEXT Paul Elliot

ILLUSTRATION Telly Gacitúa & Toro

A late night conversation about star formation, gives origin to an animation where different cats take over a fascinating and delirious story.


A cosmic dance

TEXT Lizette Guzman-Ramirez


Galaxies are an important part of what little we can see of the Universe, within them gather millions of stars and planets in a masterful show.


The ages of the Universe

TEXT Maja Vučković


The Big Bang Theory is probably the most reasonable explication of how «everything» suddenly emerged, now we look at the most relevant moments of the universe's evolution.


The sky and its stars

TEXT Jos de Boer


Human culture has been determined in a big way by the observation of our sky, different people along the history have inquired in the starry nights looking for answers about our dwell on Earth.


Wenulewfv the word that dream us

TEXT Elicura Chihuailaf

PHOTOGRAPHY Sergio Iacobelli

The poet Elicura Chihuailaf tells us about the Mapuche people vision, the art of parley and contemplation; the word and the dream. Presenting the Cosmos as it was the reflection of our own being.


The observation of Light

TEXT Ignacio Toledo


Contemporary astronomy searches in the light its main source of knowledge, science and technology push forward to unravel the phenomena that produce it.


A window to the Universe

TEXT José Maza

MAP Javier Quintana

The professor and national award of exact sciences thinks over the history and the future of the astronomical observation in Chile.


An astrophotographer in Santiago Chile

TEXT Nicolás Rojas


The Vanhauwaert-Bustamante family invites us inside their observatory-home, in the heart of the city; know Geert's passion for capturing images of the universe.


Mysteries of the Cosmos

ANSWER Lizette Guzman-Ramirez & Paul Elliot


We formulate two questions that challenge the limits of our understanding: are there other universes? and is there life on other planets?


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