Thursday, April 24, 2014

Chile and astronomy

Chile and astronomy

 

Do you like to watch the sky at night? Do you enjoy counting the stars in the sky? Have you visited any observatory lately? Do you know Chile? If you want to you can do both.  I mean you can see the stars and appreciate the sky visiting Chile.




Chile is much known for its clear sky.  It happens because in this country does not rain 300 nights per year.    In Atacama High Plateau and Coquimbo Andean Area it’s possible to have a perfect stellar observation.  Paranal is the name of one of the observatories where a lot of world scientists go to contemplate cosmos and celestial bodies.  Paranal is located to the east of San Pedro de Atacama and to 2,600 meters of altitude. 


 


Cerro Tololo is the oldest observatory of the South Hemisphere.  It is placed to 87 km of La Serena in Valle de Elqui.  It has eight telescopes and if you want to visit it you have to make a reservation.  Mamalluca Observatory is in the same valley.  It owns smaller telescopes but through them you can contemplate galaxies, nebulas and constellations.  Presentations about cosmos are shown there.  In Valle del Limarí you find Cruz del Sur de Combarbalá Observatory.  It keeps four observation cupolas connectible to cameras, an amphitheater to regard the sky. There are other observatories you can visit too.  They are La Silla, Collowara Touristic Observatory, Cerro Mayu Touristic Observatory, Paniri Caur Observatory and Andean Astronomic Observatory.




But in Chile you can appreciate other beautiful places too.  We are going to recommend you two of them. One of them is Santiago.  Santiago is the capital of Chile.  Captivating art museums can teach you a lot of new things. The design of some of its famous neighborhoods could surprise you.  Wine roads, modern ski centers are other of its big attractions.  In the same day, you can go from mountain snow to coast sand.
Lauca National Park is located to 165 kilometers of Arica.  It is hidden between high plateau landscapes, snowfall mountains and villages of Aymará culture.  It is the house of a unique ecosystem in the world which lives at the altitude of 4,500 meters above sea level.



Think about it. Why don’t visit a place where you can see the stars while you are enjoying nature?  Go ahead.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What happens to Sun Pyramid in Mexico?




Are you an archaeologist? Have you visited Mexico lately? Do you know all the important places of Mexican archaeology? This week, some news websites issued a very worrying report for the archaeology lovers.  One of the most important Mexican archaeological sites is in danger of sinking: Sun Pyramid.




After a 14 years research, a team of experts made a radiography of the monument using a cosmic radiation detector and discovered that the south zone of the Sun Pyramid is less thick in comparison with its north side.  It could cause a dropping.  One of the reasons of this situation is the way which the constant sun light is lighting up pyramid south area.  The rain isn’t enough. This side is going to be drier than the north one.

This antiquity place measures 63 meters of high and has 238 steps.  The base perimeter is 893 meters and each side is in average 223 meters. It has a volume of 1 million of cubic meters. The pyramid was restored a hundred years ago.  According to the experts it could have influenced the condition of the south part. They think that the waterproof material used was inappropriate and maybe it’s necessary to employ other kind of cement for making the south area a little more permeable.  These results cover only 60% of the inquiry.  For that, they will take decisions about pyramid maintenance and preservation when they finish the study.



You are on time.  Go ahead!!! Practice your spanish visiting this beautiful monument.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Rally in Cancún, Mexico

Do you like Rally, sun and beach? Do you like classical cars? Do you want to practice Spanish? Do you want to enjoy all this and more? Cancún is your destination and May 2014 your perfect time. 


Cancún is a Mexican city surrounded by Caribbean sea.  It is located in Quintana Roo State. It is bordered to the north by Bahía de Mujeres, to the east by Caribbean Sea and to the west by Nichupté Lagoon.  It is connected to terra firma by two bridges, one is Nichupté Canal Bridge, to 4 km of the downtown, and the other one is Nizuc Canal Bridge, which joins Punta Nizuc with the continental area. It is divided in two areas:  one is placed in continental area where you can find the city and the other one is an island which length is 22 Km and is the hotel district.


Tourism World Organization by UNWTO-Themis gave the prize “Best of the best to the excellence and government” to Cancún on February 3rd, 2007.  In this place there are 163 hotels.  Most of them have their own logistics for the practice of sports like diving and snorkel. Around the city you can find 380 restaurants and more than 10 discoteques set in a zone called Party Center.   It is possible to play golf here, too.  Pok ta Pok Golf Club was designed in 1976 by Robert Trent Jones.  It’s not just that the oldest one. It also is the most prestigious among golf courses in Cancún.  It is placed along Cancún Island, with its 18 holes, par 72.  


We have just given you a small description of Cancún paradise now let`s talk about one of the events that is going to be celebrated there in May of this year:  Rally Maya México – Regularity Tours 1rst edition.  Rally Maya México is a race where 108 cars of 40 years age can participate.  It has four categories:  1919 to 1930; 1931 to 1945; 1946 to 1960 and 1961 to 1970.  These automobiles have to go over a distance of 1,400 kilometers during six days.  The calendar of activities for this competition is the next one:

Parade and elegance contest
May 4th, 2014
Dinner and Prize giving ceremony
May 5th, 2014 in Cancún
Starting line
May 7th, 2014 in Cancún
Finish line
May 12th, 2014 in Mérida, Yucatán



Go ahead and enjoy the Rally and the beach in Cancún!!!