Press Release: Brian May to speak at the Starmus Festival in Tenerife


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– Legendary musician, writer and astrophysicist Brian May to speak at the Starmus Festival in Tenerife –
Brian May presents “The Universe in Three Dimensions –
A History of Stereoscopy in Astronomy” – presented in full 3-D on screen

The Starmus International Festival dedicated to astronomy, space science, art and music returns to the Abama Golf & Spa resort in Tenerife from 22 to 27 September to address “Beginnings: the making of the modern cosmos.” It is a festival that is open to everyone, whether you are a beginner, amateur or professional.

Brian May, CBE, has a PHD in astrophysics from Imperial College, and was Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University from 2008 to 2013. He has also published research articles in the field of the solar Zodiacal dust cloud. Dr May is most widely known as lead guitarist and founding member of the legendary rock band Queen. He is an active animal rights advocate and was appointed a vice-president of animal welfare charity the RSPCA in September 2012.

Dr May has had a lifelong interest and passion for stereophotography and 3D books, and his presentation at Starmus will be in full 3-D on screen, with the audience using 3D glasses. In 2009 with co-author Elena Vidal, he published his second book, A Village Lost and Found, on the work of English stereophotography innovator T.R Williams. He was awarded The Royal Photographic Society’s Saxby Medal in 2012 for achievement in the field of three-dimensional imaging.

The founders of the Starmus Festival have worked hard to create another unique event for everyone, at an affordable price of 300 Euros. Please note we have also introduced a special discounted rate of 200 Euros for Canarian Residents and Students. For more information on the festival please go to our website at

Starmus 2014 includes an opening cocktail reception, a three-day conference, an astrophotography and space art exhibition, a live broadcast of a roundtable discussion from the GTC Telescope in La Palma, a “Space legends” event and the “Sonic Universe” music concert. There are also optional extras such as a “Star Party” in the Teide National Park, a dinner banquet, and excursions to visit the observatories of Tenerife and La Palma.

The event is driven by its developer Garik Israelian, an astrophysicist researcher at IAC (Institute of Astrophysics of the Canary Islands) and a scientific advisory board including Dr Brian May, astrophysicist and guitarist for the legendary rock band “Queen” and Alexei Leonov, the legendary Russian cosmonaut who made the first space walk in 1965.

The Festival is supported by the Canary Islands Government through PROMOTUR Turismo de Canarias, the Cabildo of Tenerife, the Cabildo of La Palma, International Astronomical Union and Instituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC).

The official media partners are Astronomy magazine.