An entertaining and educational activity for adults and children: within the Right to Summer Program, the Directorate of Neighborhood Meeting Centers -depending on the Municipality’s Education Secretariat- will hold the “Night of Telescopes”, through which residents they will be able to learn about the wonders of the starscape and make observations with optical instruments and with the naked eye.
The proposal will have its inauguration in the night of this monday in it CEB Mercantile. In it CEB Comunidad Renó the activity will take place on Friday, February 3 and at the Neighborhood Meeting Center in La Tela, on Friday, February 10.
In the three centers the hours will be between 9:30 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. Before beginning the observation, the summoned astronomers will explain, with the help of a visual presentation, the objects that will be observed during the night.
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It is expected to have two or three telescopes in each of the appointments. If the atmospheric conditions are propitious, there will be no difficulty in identifying some of the planets that cross the Cordoba sky at this time of year: To see Jupiter and its moons, attendees must be punctual in the first meetings, since at 9:30 p.m. the star will be about to sink into the western horizon and disappear after a few minutes (on February 10 it will be so close to the horizon that it will not be visible in practice), following the path of the sun.
Saturn will not be observable due to its proximity to our mother star, but the star will undoubtedly be the Moon, which will remain all evening showing off its beauty. In crescent phase, the craters and elevations look impressive through the telescope.
Finally, in addition to the planet Mars, other stars and constellations can be observed, highlighting in this last section the Orion asterism.
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Asked about the event, the Secretary of Education, Horacio Ferreyra, said: ” The Night of the Telescopes in the Neighborhood Meeting Centers joins other similar initiatives that we are carrying out, for example, with the Mobile Planetarium of the Municipality, bringing the public closer to astronomical science in the Educational Parks”.
“The night sky is a heritage of humanity to which all people have a right. Knowing our place in the universe, learning to take care of our planet in the context of the immensity and exceptionality of the cosmos, enjoying the wonders that heaven gives us, building bridges for the scientific vocation, are some of the reasons that guide us to continue bringing to the neighborhoods the opportunity of varied and more learning”, added the official.
To learn about all the activities that are part of the Right to Summer Program, we invite you to enter the following link