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Let the countdown begin! Starmus III returns to Tenerife in summer 2016 

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Space prophet and world-acclaimed physicist Professor  Stephen Hawking  is to be the focus of  a special tribute next year in Tenerife.

The  Royal Astronomical Society have announced  that Tenerife will host the Starmus Festival for the third time.

It will take place on the island from June 27th – 2nd July 2016 and  bring together the world’s leading space travellers, stargazers and astrophysicists for an inte-ractive extravaganza.

And  the general public are being  invited to discover the wonders of the Cosmos through science, art and music.

Under the theme ‘Beyond the Horizon – Tribute to Stephen Hawking’ the 2016 event will take inspiration from the legendary man himself and the notion that nothing is impossible.

A comprehensive programme includes lectures from keynote speakers, round table discussions, exclusive music performances, creative arts exhibitions and visits to local observatories.

Keynote  speakers are headed by Prof Hawking, Starmus Festival Founder and leading astrophysicist, Dr. Garik Israelian?, and musician and astronomer Dr. Brian May.

They  will be joined by  world’s leading scientists, astronauts and Nobel Prize winners, including:

 Neil deGrasse Tyson– Astrophysicist and Science Communicator.

Eric Betzig– Phy-sicist and Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry 2014 for “the development of super-resolved fluorescence micros-copy”.

Colonel Chris Hadfield– Astronaut and First Canadian Commander of the International Space Station (2015).

Harry Kroto– English Chemist and Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry 1996.

Lord Martin Rees– Astronomer Royal. Profe-ssor of Cosmology and Astro-physics at The University of Cambridge.

Adam Riess– Astro-nomer, Physicist and Nobel Prize winner in Physics in 2011, who led a study for the High-z Team which provided the first published evidence that the expansion of the Universe was accelerating and filled with Dark Energy.

Russell Schweic-kart-  Astronaut and Scientist – ex-NASA Apollo Series astronaut and logged over 4,000 hours of flight time for the US Air Force.

Neil Turok– Scientist and Professor of Physics and co-author of the popular science book Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang.

Kip Thorne– Astrophy-sicist who has forged a career in writing and movies – his latest project was Interstellar (2014), directed by Christopher Nolan.

Discussions will focus on pushing the boundaries of science and touch on subjects such as the blurring rela-tionship between science and science fiction and how technology will affect the future of humanity.

The Starmus Festival is supported by the Tenerife Island Government and is the brainchild of Garik Israelian, an astrophysicist researcher at the IAC.

He sits on a scientific advisory board which in-cludes Prof. Hawking, Brian May, legendary Russian cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, who became the first human to make a ‘space walk’ in 1965, and British ethologist and scientist, Prof. Richard Dawkins.

Israelian says:  “Our aim is to make Starmus Festival a global brand  recognised not just in academic circles but inspires and captures the imagination of the public who have an interest in space, stargazing, science, art, music and scifi.

“Following the success of Starmus II, we are excited to be taking Starmus III to the next level.

“We are delighted Tenerife will once again be hosting the festival as there really is no better setting to appreciate firsthand the wonders of the skies and learn about what is beyond the horizon.”

One of the main social highlights planned is the “Teide Starmus Party”, a magical evening of stargazing in the company of professional astronomers and live music performances, set within the lunar-like landscape of Teide National Park and under the canopy of the Milky Way.

The Teide National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – is one of the world’s best stargazing locations because of its clear dark skies, high altitude and low pollution and is recognised as a “Starlight Tourist Destination”.

Last  year’s  party provided such creative inspi-ration that one of Europe’s most interesting alt/rock bands NOSOUND launched a live CD and DVD called Teide 2390,  recorded at Teide Observatory during their performance.

Carlos Alonso, President of the Tenerife Island Government, says: “Following the success of last year’s festival and a growing interest in stargazing as a popular excursion in Tenerife, we are delighted to host this prestigious event and hope the gathering of these great minds in one of the world’s stargazing ca-pitals will inspire travel to and exploration of our wonderful island.”

The full programme and delegate package costs are still to be confirmed. For more information on Starmus 2016 visit: www.starmus.com