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The Cabezo de la Jara Astronomical Observatory hosts an Astronomy Initiation course this weekend (23/11/2019)

The Councilor for Tourism of the City of Puerto Lumbreras;

Tońi Navarro, and the Councilor for Education;

José Manuel Sánchez, inaugurated yesterday the "Course of Initiation to Astronomy" in the Astronomical Observatory of Cabezo de la Jara that will run until this Saturday.

A free course that has a total of 30 registered from different municipalities of the Region of Murcia and Almeria, and that from the Department of Tourism is being carried out annually with the aim of promoting the Observatory and disseminating knowledge about the sky Among the interested people.

The training is provided by the Astronomical Association of the Region of Murcia, also responsible for guided visits and observations that take place throughout the year, and has among other contents with practices of different types of observation: at a glance , with binoculars and astronomical observation with telescope.

The Cabezo de la Jara Astronomical Observatory is the first place in the Region of Murcia certified Starlight Star Park.

A Certification System backed by UNESCO, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the World Tourism Organization Knowledge Network (UNWTO), for the protection of night skies and, in addition, to promote scientific, natural and natural values. associated landscape.

The qualifier 'Starlight' accredits the suitability of the places for the observation of the stars in optimal conditions, in addition to representing an example of protection and conservation.

The Councilor for Tourism, Tońi Navarro, said that "we have incorporated the observation of the stars as part of our natural, landscape, cultural and scientific heritage. Being protected from light pollution, the Lumbrerense Observatory is especially suitable for training activities such as this course of initiation to astronomy, or tourist activities with the sky as a natural resource ".

The Observatory is located 7 kilometers from Puerto Lumbreras, about 800 meters above sea level.

It is an open space, warm and without interference that obstructs the vision.

It has an automated dome 310 cm in diameter equipped with a MEADE telescope with 355 mm aperture and 3556 mm focal length.

Similarly, this facility houses a high quality solar telescope to expand the use of facilities with daytime activities, and an audiovisual room equipped for talks, conferences and courses.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Puerto Lumbreras

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