| The training, free of charge, is carried out every year in order to promote the Observatory and spread knowledge about the sky between interested people | The Cabezo de la Jara Astronomical Observatory will host the "IV Basic Astronomy Course" on November 20 and 21.
A free 10-hour course that the Puerto Lumbreras City Council's Department of Tourism has been conducting annually with the aim of promoting the Observatory and disseminating knowledge about the sky among interested people.
Places are limited to 15 people due to the pandemic, and the distance, protection, safety and hygiene protocols set by the health authorities will be applied to COVID-19.
For more information and reservations, you can contact the Puerto Lumbreras Tourist Office through the email Oficinadeturismo@puertolumbreras.es and the telephones 968 43 61 53 and 652 90 22 68.The training is carried out by the Astronomical Association of the Region of Murcia, which is also in charge of the visits and guided observations that take place throughout the year, and includes, among other contents, practices of different types of observation: with the naked eye , with binoculars and astronomical observation with a telescope. The Cabezo de la Jara Astronomical Observatory is the first facility in the Region of Murcia to be certified as a Starlight Park.
A Certification System supported by UNESCO, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) and the Knowledge Network of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), for the protection of night skies and, furthermore, to promote scientific, natural and associated landscaping.
The qualifier 'Starlight' accredits the suitability of the places for observing the stars in optimal conditions, as well as representing an example of protection and conservation. The Councilor for Tourism, Toņi Navarro, points out that "we have incorporated stargazing as part of our natural, scenic, cultural and scientific heritage.
Being protected from light pollution, the Lumbrerense Observatory is especially suitable for carrying out training activities such as this introductory course to astronomy, or tourist activities with the sky as a natural resource ". The Observatory is located 7 kilometers from Puerto Lumbreras, at about 800 meters above sea level.
It is an open space, warm and without interference that obstructs the vision.
It features a 310cm diameter automated dome equipped with a 355mm aperture 3556mm focal length MEADE telescope.
Similarly, this facility houses a high-quality solar telescope to expand the use of the facilities with daytime activities, and an audiovisual room equipped for talks, conferences and courses.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Puerto Lumbreras