JUAN MADRID: “From the Canaries we can look at heaven and earth at the same time”

The writer Juan Madrid next to Pere Lluis Pallé, solar physicist, and the Head of telescope Operations and host of the visit to the Teide Observatory, in Izaña (Tenerife), Álex Oscoz, at the Solar Laboratory. Credit: Elena Mora (IAC).
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“I'm not the same person as I was before arriving here. Now I know how high the level of scientific knowledge is, and in the Canaries it is at the upper limit. We need to empower the Canary sky”. In this way Juan Madrid explains his stay in the Archipelago after visiting the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), the Teide and the Roque de los Muchachos Observatories, and the Museum of Science and the Cosmos of Museums of Tenerife. The writer, scriptwriter and journalist is the fifth in a series of authors who are participating in the multidisciplinary project of the IAC “En un lugar del Universo….” to celebrate the IVth centenary of the death of Miguel de Cervantes. The project, which blends Astronomy and Literature, invites well known figures of Spanish literature to translate their vision of astronomy into a short story which will be part of a volume aimed at benefitting those suffering from Alzheimer’s illness.

This project can count on the participation of the international scientific institutions with facilities at the Canary Island observatories, of the Museum of Science and the Cosmos of Museums of Tenerife, with the support of the Cervantes Institute, and funding from the Severo Ochoa Programme. 

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