Star reading: Astronomy in Mexico. (Mexico on the Web).
In the 20th century, Mexico's National Autonomous University's (UNAM) Institute of Astronomy and the National Institute of Astrophysics have educated thousands of professional astronomers. The national university now operates two observatories, the larger being in the Sierra of San Pedro Martir, Baja California. You'll find the directions to the observatory online, 220.127.116.11/Opciones/textol.html#oanspm, as well as celestial maps, academic work and beginner's guides.
MAYA ASTRONOMY PAGE
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This reader-friendly guide introduces basic details about Mayan astronomy, including their unique math system. Astronomical observations take center stage with explanations of the importance of Venus, the sun, moon and Milky Way Galaxy. The author also includes a brief summary of political aspects of Mayan cosmology www.michielb.nl/maya/politics.html. The website is geared toward beginners, but it also includes a lively forum, www.michielb.nl/cgi-bin/maya/ikonboard/ikonboard.cgi, which welcomes reader interaction.
MEXICO CITY SEARCH
This feature is courtesy of the "Your Sky" website, www.fourmilab.ch/yoursky, and provides a skywatcher's guide for residents City-if the skies are clear and the smog isn't too thick above the megalopolis! The site is not limited to Mexico City. You can produce maps for any time and date, viewpoint and observing location.
INSTIIOTO HE ASTRONOMIA
Mexico's Institute of Astronomy is housed within the UNAM. This frequently updated site offers news of upcoming events and scientific colloquia as well as related Web links, including the observatories in Ensenada, Morelia, San Pedro Martir and Tonanzintla. For the serious astronomer, this is a must-visit site.
CARL SAGAN OBSERVATORY AT CERRO AZUL
Located in northwestern Mexico, this observatory is part of a larger project run by the University of Sonora Physics Department, cosmos.cifus.uson.mx/index.htm. The site has not been updated for two years, but it documents the conceptualization and construction of the observatory. The website also provides helpful links in Spanish and English for budding astronomers.
OTHERS ASTRONOMY WEBSITES:
Astronomy in Latin America--LANIC
A regional index compiled by the University of Texas at Austin
This Week's Sky at a Glance
A regularly updated feature courtesy of Sky and Telescope magazine
Latin American Astronomy Institutions
A regional index to academic institutions in the region. The page has not been updated in some time.
World Beat: Mexico
This 1995 article by Marco Arturo Moreno-Corral and Mars A. Rodriguez traces the history of astronomy in Mexico.
Ron Mader is the host of the popular www.planeta.com website and co-founder of The Mexico Network www.mexiconetwork.info. More recently, Ron won the "Lente de Plato" award for his coverage of Mexican tourism. Planeta.com's Astronomy Guide is online www.planeta.com/ecotravel/resources/space.html