Lights of Lumiar

by Ana Quedo, member of the travelling team





Every time I’ve heard this word, I would imagine something related to light, especially because of the sonority. So, now it’s funny that recalling my experience there, light is the first word that comes to my mind, like a thread that sews all these memories together.




When I picture in my mind sunlight or that of the nightsky, it brings back the excitement of the students, despite the cloudy sky. The kids were so curious about the arrangement of the telescopes and about how they worked, that apparently, the fact we could just see a few stars didn’t matter at all.


I also enjoyed talking to them about light-path changing during an activity on gravitational lensing, and the effects we observe in astronomical images due to these changes.




I can say I have discovered a new type of light in Lumiar: the light of curiosity in the eyes of children when talking about Astronomy. Seeing their eyes shining with wonder made every effort worth it!

Asì inicia mi viaje a Pereira

Edison y Saida, dos galileonauts de Colombia, están de viaje a Pereira, visitando la Escuela de La Palabra. Edison nos envia un mensaje, al principio de esta aventura.

Inicia mi viaje a Pereira…voy al encuentro de la tierra desde la que por primera vez observe las estrellas, y al encuentro de los nuevos ojos que inician su recorrido por entre un cielo que es inagotable y que teje entre sus misterios nuestra propia historia.
Construimos constelaciones sembrando semillas, con la certeza que aquella tierra sobre la que se deposita cada una de ellas, es tan rica y fertil como nuestros propios sueños.

Es un viaje de siete horas entre dos de las tres cordilleras colombianas, la oriental y la central, súperficies ricas en climas, acentos, fauna, flora, culturas… cuyo trayecto más difícil se encuentra en una larga carretera elevada y sinusoidal que en el país del realismo mágico llaman la línea, y que una vez se cruza le abre las puertas a la tierra del café.


Actividades en la Escuela de la Palabra – Pereira, 2015

La expectación es enorme y parece un viaje hacía tierra desconocida, y en cierto sentido lo es, pues iniciamos un viaje de descubrimiento mutuo entre quienes tejen ésta red, y aquellos que nos vemos positivamente atrapados por ella.

Galileonauts on the road again!

In this very days many Galileonauts are building what will soon become unerasable memories, both for the Galileonauts and all the students and people they will meet on their paths.

Moments handcrafted with love, passion and dedication and many hours of hard work.

GalileoMobile Constellation project enters its second phase in November: we are already visiting some of our network’s schools, nodes of an invisible net we have so far only imagined and that now begins to shine.

In Colombia many Galileonauts have already started activities in schools since Monday November 2nd, sharing stars with students of 7 schools in Bogota, Medellín, Antioquía and Pereira until November 14th.

Yesterday November 9th, two more parts of our Constellation have lit up . Two Galileonauts are in Cusco, Peru, with loads of enthusiasm to be shared in three schools of Cusco and the Valle Sagrado. Our Brazilian task force is in Lumiar, Brazil, with its passion and energy: two schools are ready to share their vision of the sky and discuss with us on the behavior of celestial bodies.

For the first time GalileoMobile is visiting many schools, and many countries, at the same time!

Of course, there is more to come: from the 23rd of November to the 14th of December we will be visiting schools in Chile and Argentina, from Chile Chico and Cariquíma to Cordoba, Mendoza and Salta. We couldn’t be more excited!

Each of these travels is full of stories, anecdotes, learnings, visions, rich of experience much more than we can write and explain, beyond imagination.
That’s why we keep doing it, because each ride is an unexpected moment of joy, unity, discovery.