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Plazuelas, near Penjamo, Guanajuato

What is a pocket planetarium? How important was astronomy to Mexico’s pre-Columbian civilizations? And why do galaxies belch? You’ll find the answer to these and other cosmological quandaries at Plazuelas this Friday night, when the grounds around the archaeological site in southwest Guanajuato state host a gathering of professional astronomers and avid stargazers.

Organizers expect between 1,500 and 2,000 people to attend this first ever sky-watching event at Plazuelas, located 12.5 km/7.7 mi from Penjamo, a town known for its rugged sierra landscape and outdoor life. (The site was chosen for its ideal stargazing conditions, so disregard the clouds in the photo above, they’re just there for dramatic effect.) There’ll be telescopes to observe Venus, Jupiter, and Orion and the Great Nebula, among other planets and constellations, as well as workshops and talks by experts.

If you go, dress warmly and take a lantern, if you have one. For more information about the event, Los caminos del cielo: el dia de la creacion, or Heavenly trails: the day of creation (astronomers are poets, too), call 01 473 102 2700, ext. 105, or email:


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