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.
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.
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.
A late night conversation about star formation, gives origin to an animation where different cats take over a fascinating and delirious story.
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 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.
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.
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.
Contemporary astronomy searches in the light its main source of knowledge, science and technology push forward to unravel the phenomena that produce it.
The professor and national award of exact sciences thinks over the history and the future of the astronomical observation in Chile.
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.
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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