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"The observatories" and Starmus Festival 2016

I've always loved this video, which used to feature on my old Wordpress blog. For those who my be unfamiliar with STARMUS, it's a festival that brings together science, art and music Created by Garik Israelian, researcher at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands (IAC), the Starmus Festival (held annually In Tenerife) has featured presentations from Astronauts, Cosmonauts, Nobel Prize Winners and prominent figures from science, culture, the arts and music. 

Considered as one of the most ambitious contemporary science festivals, the next edition of Starmus will feature ten Nobel prizewinners in the fields of Physics, Chemistry and Medicine: Harold Kroto and Eric Betzig (Chemistry, 1996 and 2014, respectively); biologists Carol Greider and Elizabeth Blackburn (shared award for Medicine, 2009); Robert Wilson and David Gross (Physics, 1978 and 2004, respectively); Adam Riess and Brian Schmidt (shared award for Physics, 2011); and the couple Edvard Moser and May-Britt Moser (who shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 2014).

The line up for this years festival, is quite frankly, ridiculously awesome. I've got to say t's damn tempting... Might have to review the finances.

Description by Alex Cherney:  "In June 2011 I was very lucky to attend the inaugural STARMUS festival on Tenerife and observe with the largest single-mirror optical telescope on the planet - 10-metre GranTeCan. After spending five days at STARMUS listening to and chatting with the great astrophysicists and space legends I decided to dedicate more time to astronomy science and film the observatories around the world. This video, which was selected as the winner of the 2014 STARMUS astrophotography competition (press announcement: http://tiny.cc/838tkx), is the result of over three years of work and includes the images of the following observatories: * Roque De Los Muchachos Observatory, La Palma; * Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder, Murchison, Australia; * Australia Telescope Compact Array, Narrarbri, Australia; * Parkes Radio Observatory, Australia; * Siding Spring Observatory, Australia; * Mount John Observatory, New Zealand Many thanks to Dermot Tutty for composing the original score for this video!"
Credit:  Alex Cherney – www.terrastro.com (alex@terrastro.com)

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