Voices from the Universe book launched at ESO Chile

20 January 2010

A new book Voices from the Universe, written by poet Margarita Schultz and astronomer María Teresa Ruiz, includes spectacular astronomical images from the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

As the celebrations of the International Year of Astronomy 2009 come to their end, the book Voices from the Universe was presented on 14 January at the ESO Office in Santiago, Chile.

Voices from the Universe is an English–Spanish publication featuring poems by Chilean writer and philosopher Margarita Schultz, inspired by a previous book, Sons of the Stars, by the astronomer María Teresa Ruiz.

The book includes dozens of large pictures captured by ESO telescopes at the La Silla and Paranal Observatories which, according to the authors, “show the beauty of Chilean skies” to the whole world.

For Tim de Zeeuw, ESO Director General, the poems in this book aim to “connect scientific answers and questions to the immortal spirit of Astronomy, that wonderful astonishment we experience in front of the magnificent naked-eye view of the Milky Way on a clear night”.


  • A preview of the book is available here.


Lars Lindberg Christensen
Head of ESO ePOD
Phone: +49 89 3200 6761

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The launch of the voices from the Universe book
The launch of the voices from the Universe book