UVAQ Ciudad Hidalgo, Regional Headquarters of 2015 Night of Stars

On November 28th of this year, the event called "Night of Stars" was held at Vasco de Quiroga University’s Ciudad Hidalgo Academic Unit. This event is held nationally together with the following institutions: UNAM, Institute of Astronomy at UNAM, IPN, CONACYT, INAOE, Mexican Academy of Sciences, Mexican Space Agency, French Embassy, French Alliance, Mexican Association of telescopes and binoculars, CELESTRON and Astronomical Societies of the Night of Stars.

The event has become the largest one dealing with science in our country, and is organized with the aim of sharing knowledge in a congenial way with a lot of people of all ages. This year, it was dedicated to the International Year of Light.

Last year’s "Night of Stars" was held in our town of Ciudad Hidalgo unofficially. This is the second consecutive year that it takes place at our institution, and this time officially recognizing UVAQ Ciudad Hidalgo as an official co-host of the national event.

It is important to mention that the chairman of Michoacán’s Night of Stars Committee, donated to UVAQ a $ 6,000-peso telescope made at the planetarium. Besides, we are the only headquarters in Michoacán apart from Morelia. Other municipalities have tried to replicate the work, but it has not been achieved yet.

Jaime Almaraz Gonzalez, Director of Vasco de Quiroga High School, welcomed those present, thanked the House of Culture for its support in the organization of this event, and Angelica Bahena together with students and teachers for the work done and the coordination of the Night of Stars.

Before the audience made its way through the different rooms of the campus where some experiments related to water, electricity and electromagnetic energy were displayed, a cultural program was presented with the participation of Quezehuarape Folkloric Ballet from the House of Culture.

Finally, one of the activities that drew most attention was stargazing through telescopes, along with a planetarium located in the indoor soccer court, and projections about the planets of the solar system. Similarly, there was a photo exhibition on light, memory games, origami, Puppet Theater with characters from Disneyland or based on scientists. This year, more than 250 people assisted, including Town Mayor Ruben Padilla Soto, who visited all the rooms where the workshops and exhibitions were mounted.

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