The Institute of Radio Astronomy and Astrophysics (IRyA) at UNAM, Campus Morelia, invites its Astronomy Fridays for the first semester of 2023. In this cycle, academics from IRyA share general public talks on various astronomical topics (in Spanish), and the public can also observe the sky with telescopes with the support of IRyA graduate students.

In this first semester, the cycle will have four sessions with the theme "The composition of the Universe." To open the cycle, this February 24, Dr. Jane Arthur will share the talk "Lithium - from the Big Bang to the future of clean energy", in which she will explain the cosmological and astrophysical origin of this element, how it got to Earth, and what is its relevance for the fight against climate change, for example, in the manufacture of batteries for electric cars and other applications.

The session begins at 7:00 pm with a talk in the main auditorium at UNAM Campus Morelia, located on Antigua Carretera a Pátzcuaro, in front of Tenencia Morelos. At 8:30 pm the public an observe the sky with the telescopes that IRyA will make available. On Friday, February 24, we will observe the Moon, Jupiter, Mars, Orion and the Pleiades, weather permitting.

The other talks in the cycle will have the same program, and will be held on the last Friday of each month. Under the same theme of "The composition of the Universe", they will deal with dark matter and energy, shared by Dr. René Ortega Minakata in March; the composition of our galaxy, the Milky Way, offered by Dr. Javier Ballesteros Paredes in April; and the chemistry of space, shared by Dr. Vladimir Escalante Ramírez in May.

The talks are in-person and free, and no prior registration is required to attend. They are open to the general public, but IRyA would like to especially invite secondary, high school and undergraduate students.

The talks will be broadcast simultaneously through the IRyA UNAM Facebook, YouTube and Twitter pages, as well as the Facebook page of the Astronomical Society of Michoacán, SAMAC, with whom the IRyA collaborates in this cycle of conferences.


About IRyA, UNAM

The Instituto de Radioastronomía y Astrofísica (IRyA), or Institute for Radioastronomy and Astrophysics is an academic unit at UNAM, Campus Morelia, Mexico. We perform high-level and high-impact research in the areas of interstellar medium, star formation, evolved stars, high energy astrophysics, Galactic dynamics and structure, extragalactic astronomy and cosmology. We contribute to the education of high-level human resources through a postgraduate program, and we have close contact with society through diverse outreach programs.

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Dr. René A. Ortega Minakata
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IRyA UNAM Campus Morelia
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