What do you think about the fact that a small town like Vicuña is organizing a World Astrotourism Summit of this magnitude?
I think it's wonderful that Vicuña and Chile are organizing this activity, it's a recognition of the quality of its skies, and a great opportunity for all of us - scientists and the community in general - to get together to talk about the skies and science. I'm really excited about coming to Chile, and I'm sure we're going to be entertained.
What message are you coming to this Summit with?
The central message I want to convey to the community is that we all have the capacity and we can all explore the universe, from telescopes like the James Webb, the telescopes installed in Chile like the Tololo and Gemini, or an astro-tourism telescope.
Exploring allows us to know who we are, where we come from, and what is our place in the universe, and not only for professional astronomers, but also for those who enjoy astrotourism.
He will participate in the panel "New astronomical discoveries that contribute to the development of tourism" What are those questions that the scientific community is asking today?
Every time new tools are built, the frontiers of research are expanded. The James Webb Space Telescope has a small field of research, but it is very deep, and that allows it to address certain issues and answer specific questions.
But at the same time it needs other telescopes to complement the research. In this sense, the Vera Rubin Observatory, which is in the commune of Vicuña, will see the entire southern hemisphere in 3 days, complementing the James Webb, and observing large-scale changes.