Gabriela Mistral is Chilean pride: poet, diplomat, and educator, winner of the 1945 Nobel Prize for Literature, His face adorns the 5,000 pesos bill…and there are those who also see him in the Carina Nebula.
With the spread of the nebula captured by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, many Chileans remembered the comparison born in the 1990s.
In those times, as the Bío-Bío Gateway recalls, Alarmed. Arturo Gómez, a former astrophotographer from Cerro Tololo, recounts that “in January 1995, at about dawn, the American astronomer Michael Gunner and the Chilean observer Luis Gonzalez saw the enormous resemblance to the poet’s face.”
In fact, the fragment of the Carina Nebula is compared with the image of the Mistral on the old 5,000 pesos banknote. The current photo has another photo of Mistral.
local astronomers She began calling Gabriella Mistral to the NGC 3324 nebula, Known to all as the Carina Nebula.
“The Webb telescope image shows part of her face and corresponds to her forehead, nose, and lips,” Gonzalez highlights. He even uses a poem from the Nobel Prize for Literature to give the metaphor more color.
In 1945, the poet wrote a poem that she said in one of its parts “Look for me in the sky and you will see me go.” It belongs to the Canción del Tauros piece.
The story of Gabriella Mistral, the “face” of the Carina Nebula
Lucilla Maria Godoy Alciaga, Gabriella Mistral was born in Vicuña on April 7, 1889 and died in Hempstead, United States, on January 10, 1957, at the age of 67.
Do you The first Ibero-American woman to be awarded a Nobel Prize and the second Latin American woman to receive it.
The Swedish Academy awarded him the prize, because “his lyrical work, inspired by strong sentiments, has transformed his name into a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world.”
Mistral said in his acceptance speech:
“With a project that surpasses me, I am at this moment the direct voice of the poets of my race and the indirect voice of the very noble Spanish and Portuguese. Both are delighted to be invited to the communal living of the northern life, all helped by folklore and ancient poetry. ”
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