Starmus Festival releases full schedule

Posted by David Eicher
on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Credit: Starmus Festival
We now know exactly what will happen at the Starmus Festival in the Canary Islands, to be held September 22–27, on Tenerife and La Palma. This spectacular event will bring together numerous astronomers, cosmologists, astronaut-explorers, musicians, and artists for a week of talks, music, socializing, a film premiere, and much more. And there will still be some surprises.

But now we know that Starmus Founder and Director Garik Israelian will kick off the festival — along with some special guests — with an opening ceremony before giving way to the first talk, by Robert Wilson, co-discoverer of the cosmic microwave background radiation. I will follow Wilson, speaking on “Does the Universe Really Care About Itself? Communicating Astronomy in the 21st Century.”

The following days will deliver a dazzling array of speakers — Richard Dawkins, Katerina Harvati, Stephen Hawking, John Mather, Walt Cunningham, Mark Boslough, Charlie Duke, Harold Kroto, Brian May, and John Ellis. There will be many special guests in addition to the talks. And we will have a film premiere, 51 Degrees, a star party at Mt. Teide, an excursion to Teide Observatory, a GTC Round Table discussion at the world’s largest optical telescope, an excursion to La Palma Observatory, a Sonic Universe Concert by Rick Wakeman and Brian May, a special tribute to Neil Armstrong and Alexei Leonov, and much, much more.

You can view the schedule here.

For more info on Starmus, see

This will be a legendary event, and Astronomy magazine is the exclusive media partner. Don’t miss it!

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