▷ VIDEO | GALA promises a journey through the stars to celebrate Astronomy in Lara #9Jul

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From Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July, the event will take place “Astronomy at the Arena Plaza”, an event to officially present the Lara State Astronomical Group (GALA) and with which we seek to promote the Regional Day of Astronomy every July 12 for the birth of Blanca Silveira.

“A new group that was created precisely to bring together all those people who are interested in the cosmos, the universe. Children, adults, seniors, we invite you to come along. July 12 also marks the anniversary of the birth of Blanca Silveira, the first Venezuelan astronomer who had a great scientific career,” said Gilbert Sánchez, a member of GALA.

Event Activities

From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the three days of activities, attendees will be able to enter freely and; enjoy workshops and talks led by experts. They will also be able to make astronomical observations with professional telescopes and; games, crafts and activities for children.

“We have an exhibition of a meteorite collection, These stones come from space and a friendly person will kindly provide them for the public to observe,” said Sánchez.

Formations of the Lara Astronomical Group

The young Liseth Vargas who made the Diploma in Educational Astronomy with the Lara Astronomical Group (GALA) highlighted the knowledge acquired through it.

“The diploma has helped me to expand my knowledge and has made me even more interested in different topics such as radio astronomy, observation, astrophotography. I had always been interested in science, but astronomy was what caught my attention the most because it not only talks about the planet but about what is beyond it, what can be seen, what we do not know specifically what it is like because we are not aware of everything that exists in the universe.even 95% of the universe is undiscovered.”

It is worth noting that after the event, GALA will open its offices and spaces for the different training courses in the area, in the shopping center where those interested can go to obtain information during office hours or contact the phone number 0412 590 3504 and on the social media accounts @planetariosanchez

Who was Blanca Silveira?

Blanca Silveira Barrios was born in Barquisimeto on July 12, 1905 and died in the same city on February 6, 1989. She was a prominent Venezuelan astronomer, considered the first woman to dedicate herself to astronomy in the country. Her passion for the cosmos led her to found in 1956 the Astronomical Society of Venezuela (SAV), Lara Chapter, and dedicate his life to spreading scientific knowledge about the stars and the universe.

Since she was a child, she was fascinated by the night sky and astronomical phenomena. Two events deeply marked her interest: the passage of Halley’s Comet in 1910 and the total solar eclipse in 1916.

She became self-taught, studying astronomy and physics on his ownHe shared his knowledge with others, organizing talks, workshops and astronomical observations.

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