Ever since the year 2009, Mexico holds The Night of Stars, a unique event for admiring Mexican skies together with hundreds of astronomy enthusiasts, tourists and fans in general. This event is held across Mexico. in 43 locations throughout the whole country, with the aim of promoting science and bringing families together around a healthy recreational activity.
Since its first edition in 2009, The Night of Stars brought together 26 archaeological sites and public spaces across 22 states, where topics such as the astronomic legacy, calendars, architectural alignments and the vision of the cosmos of the Mesoamerican peoples. At that time, this event was able to gather 210,000 individuals. As part of The Night of the Stars, to be held on April 20th, the big Mexico Challenge 2013 will take place, which is expected to break the Guinness World Record set in 2011, in which 200,753 individuals from all over the country came together to watch the moon through their telescopes.
In which activities can I participate
During the festival of the Night of Stars and the Mexico Challenge, workshops, conferences and presentations on astronomy, as well as cultural and recreational events will be held, depending on the venue. If you bring your telescope, you will be offered help in correctly setting up, calibrating, leveling and guiding your device, and professional astronomers will teach you how to observe the sky, Jupiter’s moons, the craters and valleys of the Moon.
Both, The Night of Stars and the Mexico Challenge will be held in public places and archaeological sites all over the country, where the organization and activities may vary, however, there are some very useful tips to help you enjoy your evening to the fullest.
- Do not bring food into the Astronomical Observation area
- Keep an eye on the kids
- Follow the instructions of the Organizing Committee
- Don’t bring pets
- Come wearing warm clothes
- Don’t run in the Astronomical Observation area
More information at: www.nochedelasestrellas.org.mx