Sergio Emilio Montúfar Codoñer official site

  • His passion for the stars has been since he can remember; this passion led him to change his lifestyle in 2012 and become an astronomical traveler, studied astronomy and, during this time, became a professional astrophotographer for the Planetarium of the Astronomical Observatory in La Plata, Argentina.
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  • His love for the stars led him to dedicate himself to discovering the astronomical cultural past of Latin America, his experiences and learnings to understand the ancestral cultures and astronomy led him to work with different astronomers, geologist, meteorologist, physicist, archaeologist, architects, engineers, professional photographers, timekeepers and many other.
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  • His main mission is to teach the negative impact of light pollution, inspire us to look at the stars and value the astronomical roots of our region and positively influence sustainable development in the communities found in environmentally conserved areas.
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  • This led him to return to Guatemala, continue his research and conservation program of Pinceladas Nocturnas and through his cultural diplomacy create cultural bridges with other countries.
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  • Due to the opportunities that have been generated in this journey, his work has focused on Argentina, Peru and Guatemala, however, he collaborates with other work teams in other countries that include the United States, Martinique, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Argentina.
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  • He managed to reach a large scale of people by merging science and culture through astronomy concepts in a variety of astrophotography, timelapse, lightpollution projects such as: “El Camino Eterno”, “Estrellas Ancestrales”, “La Antigua Guatemala Suspendida en el Tiempo”, “Anillo de Fuego”, “Cielo Austral”, among others, he demonstrated that his landscape astrophography is an important science and cultural outreach tool.
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  • Sergio has developed lightsout events such as Antigua Estelar, cultural astronomy events such as the First Cultural Astronomy Congress of Mesoamerica as part of the board of directors, he has documented outdoor tourism routes geared toward astronomy phenomena and his goal is to impact by showing evidence of the powerful development of sustainable tourism geared toward dark sky conservation activities.
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  • Sergio is also a recognized nighttime environmental activist in Latin America, he has collaborated with a large number of public and different ministries and embassies endorse private institutions, obtaining the support of UNESCO / IDA / UVG / FUNDAECO / The Maya Conservancy / FARES, among others.
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  • Major scientific media such as NASA, Sky & Telescope, TWAN, National Geographic, and Space.com, Yahoo News among many other media publish his images.
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  • He was special guest speaker by the European Space Agency to promote space exploration with an inspirational presentation with the “Let’s go back to the Moon and stay” massage to ESA’s space4inspiration event. 
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  • Sergio created the first image of the Milky Way from an airplane (with landscape) that was commented on by great photographers worldwide; in addition, he was the creator of the image of the most commented proposal called She Said Yes! The DailyNews UK considered as the most picturesque proposal picture ever.
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  • Sergio shares his images with his own thoughts in a very proper way of expressing his feelings, with his passion, experience and knowledge. Sergio mixes science and culture in visual poetry.
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  • He was recently recongnized to be the Astronomical Heritage Advisor and astrophotographer from the World Heritage Delegation, General Directorate of Cultural and Natural Heritage, Ministry of Culture and Sports