Imagine a gathering where the greatest minds in space exploration, astronomy, cosmology, and planetary science get together for a week of incredible talks, sharing of information, and appreciation of the knowledge we have of space and the universe.
And imagine the event takes place at one of the most beautiful places in the world, the Canary Islands, Spain, in the shadow of the world’s largest optical telescope, and centered on making new friends and renewing old acquaintances. And imagine that in attendance are not only today’s greatest scientists, but also astronauts and rock stars. And imagine that a concert featuring Queen guitarist, singer, and songwriter Brian May tops the whole thing off.
Well, that’s the formula for the Starmus Festival. And it really happened in 2011, thanks to the vision of organizer Garik Israelian, an astronomer at the Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands. But it wasn’t a one-time event. Israelian and his advisors — including guitarist and astronomer May and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov — are announcing the 2014 Starmus Festival!
Starmus 2014 will take place in the Canaries, at Tenerife and La Palma, September 22–27, 2014. This time the theme will be “Beginnings: The Making of the Modern Cosmos.”
Astronomy magazine is the exclusive media partner for the conference. For complete information on the event and to find out how to attend, visit www.starmus.com.