What is GalileoMobile?

By Fabio Del Sordo
After a morning of activities in Chile Chico, a little town of the Chilean Patagonia, once more I run into this question.
It is maybe the wind, which here constantly blows and brings dust, scents and thoughts from who knows where.
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Since many years, since its beginning, we have asked ourselves this question many times. We found an official answer that we use to introduce GalileoMobile to people around the world. Nonetheless, we keep asking the same question, which means that this answer is not really what we were looking for.

Hence: What is GalileoMobile?
GalileoMobile surely is Valko, professor in Chile Chico, waiting for Fernanda and myself to arrive by boat from the north, inviting the two of us for dinner at his place and lending us his own car to move around in Chile Chico and surroundings, a few minutes after we met for the first time.

No doubt that GalileoMobile is Mauricio, professor in Cariquima, who picked up Fernanda and Manu in Iquique with his own car and drove them to Cariquima and surroundings, for 4 days of activities.
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Dinner at Valko’s in chile Chico
I am also pretty sure that GalileoMobile is Manu, who offered his apartment as headquarters for the activities in Lumiar. And no doubt that all the people who traveled to Lumiar, dedicating a big deal of their time to share astronomy in two schools, are GalileoMobile.
Just like all the other people who spent hours, days, weeks, to make yet another adventure happen.
How many similar stories have we heard during the history of our little, big project? They all are GalileoMobile.

Take, for example, Ana Maria and all the folks who warmly welcomed Francesca and Marja in Cusco. They, and their enthusiasm, certainly are GalileoMobile. So it is our Colombian team, who jumped through hoops to visit many schools and never lost its spirit, energy, excitement.

I saw GalileoMobile many times, and yet I can’t define it with a few words. I saw it whilst sipping coffee at German’s in Bogotá, playing guitar with John and José David at Estrella del Sur, talking about life with Betty in Mbale and debating about radioastronomy with Ghazali in Kampala.

MagellanicCloudsReducedThe Magellanic Cloud shining in the southern sky
GalileoMobile is all the people who donated their own resources, time and energy, first of all.
It is a huddle of occurrences I am happy to have come across.

Lights of Lumiar

by Ana Quedo, member of the travelling team

 

 

Lumiar.

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

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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.