The scientific outreach event most important in Mexico and Latin America, “The night of the stars”, will take place this Saturday, November 20 and will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope through different activities.
The National Autonomous University of Mexico (ONE) will be the main venue for the eleventh (11) edition, along with 70 more spaces, distributed throughout the entire Mexican Republic.
William Lee Alardín, Coordinator of the Scientific Research of the UNAM, said that this year the activities will have as a central theme “The Unveiled Universe”, which will be addressed through conferences, workshops, talks, interactive dynamics and astronomical observations from the Tonantzintla telescope in Puebla.
The activities will start from 11:00 am on Saturday 21st and will end at 8:30 pm on Sunday 22nd November. To participate in this event, check the headquarters closest to your locality at: https://www.nochedelasestrellas.org.mx/sedes.php
The most anticipated conferences are “Imagining Martenochtitlán”, which unites science and art through a futuristic exercise that will imagine the formation of cities on Mars, as well as two “Ask an Astronomer” sessions and a talk about the science behind Stars Wars.
The talk “Hubble from Mexico” It will feature the participation of three Mexican scientists who will share their experiences with the telescope and how it served to carry out their research. There will also be a keynote conference with Charles O’Dell, NASA scientist, responsible for the construction of this optical instrument.
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José Franco López, national coordinator of the event, highlighted that the Night of the Stars is the largest and most important science dissemination event in Mexico and Latin America.
“It brings together the most important institutions in the country related to astronomy and a large number of allies who generously collaborate with a series of offices distributed throughout the Mexican Republic. The main headquarters is the UNAM and the Night of the Stars is a program based on the Mexican Academy of Sciences, ”explained the also researcher at the Institute of Astronomy (IA).
In turn, Jesús González González, director of the IA, recalled that this celebration has been widely accepted by the public, since they have reached a number of up to 290 thousand participants.
“It is a family event, with many simultaneous activities. For the participation of amateur astronomers this year we have a virtual repository where they can see their materials throughout the day, in addition to the events that are taking place ”, he highlighted.
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The creation of this celebration was inspired by the French event “Nuit des Étoiles” created in 1991 by a group of amateur and professional astronomers who added their talent to bring scientific knowledge to the public in a playful and fun way.
On this occasion “The night of stars” will have the participation of UNAM, the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) and the National Institute of Astrophysics, Optics and Electronics (INAOE), as well as the Center for Research and Advanced Studies (CINVESTAV) , the French Alliances, the Celestron telescope company, the Mexican Space Agency (AEM) and the associations of Planetaries and Amateur Astronomers.