"Astronomy compels the soul to look upward,
and leads us from this world to another" Plato.

Interests Astrophysics Photography Night Sky

About Me.

I got both, my BSc and PhD degrees in Physics at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico. My undergraduate project was under the supervision of Dra. Yolanda Gómez at the CRyA-UNAM (now IRyA) in the city of Morelia. Some years later began my PhD supervised by Dr. Peter Phillips. After completing my PhD, I moved to Granada, Spain to start a postdoc position at the IAA-CSIC under the supervision of Dr. Martín Guerrero. Finally, I moved back to Mexico as a Research Fellow. Among my extracurricular interests, photograph the night sky is by far the most refreshing. I love look at the stars in clear dark skies, far away from urban areas and light pollution. Unfortunately many of these sites are usually in remote locations, what means travel for long periods. However reward comes at night, with thousands of stars visible to the naked eye. Luckily, my career nicely combines with my hobby :) I'm convinced that I feel more at home with the sky than with anything else. The time I have spent so far in astronomy has allowed me to meet outstanding people, amazing friends and visited many wonderful places during my observing trips. We recently build our own astronomical observatory in the University (www.oarp.com.mx) and subsequently we created an international research group on evolved stars (www.grnes.com).

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My main research topic is the study of the late phases of stellar evolution. Evolved stars are common in our Galaxy. They are often surrounded by shells of gas and dust, which are remnants of their chaotic last stages of evolution. These shells can be studied using different telescopes and instruments. Their morphology and abundances give us clues of the late stellar evolution.

Planetary Nebulae

Last stage in the life of a solar type star. Their colors and shapes are intriguing and gorgeous.


Transient events in binary systems caused by a thermonuclear explosion on the surface of a white-dwarf star.

Wolf-Rayet Bubbles

Huge bubbles of ionized gas around evolved massive stars with the most powerful stellar winds.


The astronomical robotic observatory is used by students and faculty at our University like an astronomical laboratory and for research. LINK

SIDUS @ magazine

Research projects and ideas of faculty members and students are presented in a pleasant way for science dissemination. LINK


This is a resume for all my published articles from 2005 to date. Click for an external link to the Astrophysics Data System (ADS) database


A thoughtful selection of pictures.

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Current participation in research projects


Some highlights.

2020 May
2018 June
2018- 2019

Get in touch

Universidad de Guadalajara
Instituto de Astronomía y Meteorología
Av. Vallarta 2602, Col. Arcos Vallarta 44130
Guadalajara, Jal. México
Phone: (+52) 33361-64937 ext 111