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Published in News - Events
18May 2011

STARMUS is the first popular festival linking the many disciplines in astronomy and the space sciences. World famous scientists and astronauts will gather at the Spring Equinox in a media event to promote the science of astronomy and its discoveries. For the first time ever we shall hear music made from the real sounds of celestial bodies.

Backed by several international scientific institutions and organizations (IAC-Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, IAU-Insternational Astronomical Union, Starlight Initiative, Gran Telescopio Canarias), and under the patronage of UNESCO, the Festival will celebrate astronomy during five days of recreational and informative activities in a popular, appealing and dynamic way. Astrophotography, space-art exhibitions, documentaries, star parties, talks and conferences are some the endless activities that will delight music fans and astronomy aficionados alike. A stellar cast of musicians, including the band Tangerine Dream and Brian May will give a concert at the Magma Arts & Congress Hall.





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armstrongFrancisco Sánchez (Director of the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias), Astronaut Neil Armstrong and Cipriano Marín (Coordinator of the Starlight Initiative).

starmus4Garik Islaelian (Director and

brainchild of the Starmus Festival) and Alexei Leonov

(Russian Cosmonaut).



Starlight Concert: Sonic Universe


24 June - 21:00h, MAGMA Arts & Congress Hall

Great painters, photographers, actors, writers and dancers have honoured Tangerine Dream for the inspiration for their own work they got from listening to the music of TD. Tangerine Dream’s reputation in the world of music, their vast experience and professionalism has reserved them already a place within the gallery of remarkable artists out of the last four decades.

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