The moon and science in the PRBB, endless cycles without pause

Sophie Bonnal from the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) sends us this photograph, taken from the entrance of the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB). This image invites us to a reflection on the relationship between the moon and the PRBB: between the infinite non-stop cycle of the celestial body and that of science in the park.

The moon, in addition to being a satellite of the Earth, has always had a myriad of meanings and symbolisms. From a goddess, a poem, its power over the waters, and there are also those who believe it has a certain influence on our mood. In any case, it is inspiring and mysterious to observe.

The moon does not illuminate us at night; it is the reflection of the sun in it that does so, thus illuminating the earth’s surface. When one side of the Earth is illuminated by sunlight, the other is in the shade. When the whole half of the moon illuminated by the Sun is visible from the Earth, we have a full moon. And if the moon is directly between the sun and the earth, it does not reflect anything and cannot be seen (it is a new moon). But whether we see it or not, the moon is always there.

Like our satellite, the PRBB is always active – whether it’s visible or not, day and night. As the moon dazzles us with its reflection, the PRBB scientific cycle continues at night, because science never stops.

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