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

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Jos de Boer

Is a PhD student from Leiden Observatory in The Netherlands, currently doing a 2 year studentship at eso Santiago. His thesis topic is high contrast imaging of disks around newly formed stars. The main focus of his work has been on the analysis of observational data, from optical and near infrared polarimetric instruments. To help prepare for the arrival of sphere, the future planet hunter vlt. He did both his bachelor of physics and astronomy (2010), and a master in astrophysics and space research (2012), at Utrecht University (NL). Besides his thesis research, Jos is interested in the remote detection of dust in the Earth’s atmosphere, and public outreach of astronomy.

Paul Elliot

Is a PhD student at eso Chile since November 2012. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Exeter, uk, in July (2012). Paul worked at eso, Chile in the summer of 2011 with Amelia Bayo on close-by, fast-moving cool objects in the Pleiades Field. He has gone on to start a PhD on the topic of stellar multiplicity and disk evolution, studying young, nearby stars found in associations. His supervisors at eso are Claudio Melo and Amelia Bayo, and his home supervisor is Isabelle Baraffe (University of Exeter).

Lizette Guzman-Ramirez

Is an eso fellow with duties at the ALMA observatory since April 2013. She obtained her PhD in astronomy in 2013 from the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Manchester, uk. Her research focuses on multiwavelength observations of Planetary Nebulae, with particular interest in the formation of dust and PAHs in these objects.

Julien Milli

Started at eso in October 2012 to carry out the last 2 years of his PhD at the Institute of planetology and astrophysics of Grenoble, France. He graduated from the Paris/Meudon Observatory in 2010. He worked on the instrument sphere, and more specifically on the performance of that instrument for the detection and characterization of circumstellar disks. He is supervised at eso by Dimitri Mawet, sphere staff astronomer, and in France by David Mouillet, sphere instrument scientist.

Ignacio Toledo

After studying Civil Engineering and finishing his Bachelor in Astronomy in the Universidad Católica de Chile, he joined to the Jesuit order were he was part for four years. He has worked in the Universidad Católica coordinating the teacher observatory and now he is a member in alma as data analyst. His research is related to the observation of our galaxy in the infrared (VVV project) and the diffuse light in galaxy groups. Lately he has become interested in astronomy promotion, inspired by stories and ideas of Richard Feynman. Until this moment, this interest has materialized in several speeches an in the book «Vistas de la Galaxia», as a co-author with Dante Minniti y Joyce Pullen.

Maja Vučković

After finishing the Astrophysics studies at the University of Belgrade, her home town, driven by the wish to study quakes on stars she join the Whole Earth Telescope and moved to Iowa State University, USA, where she completed her Masters in Astronomy. She completed her PhD at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Leuven, Belgium. During her doctoral studies she had the opportunity to observe several times at La Silla Observatory which is where she fell in love with chilean landscapes. She joined eso in Chile in May 2010 as a Fellow at the Paranal Observatory. Now she studies the origin and evolution of hot subdwarf B stars, via astroseismology and binary stellar evolution.




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