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News Updates » 26 October 2009


The last Galilean Night for Uruguay… when the wind blows…

Galilean Nights in LICEO ZORRILLA:

We closed the Galilean Nights amid electoral chaos and weather alert.

But despite the insane weather patterns we forced the elements to take a truce and our school students armed with their XO’s, laptops that the state provides each of the students in Uruguay, without distinction, we had our Night for Galileo.

Our Galilean Nights where we shout to the world, “this is Sparta!!”, sorry, I must say:  “This is Uruguay!!!” and here we are, all followers fans of Galileo and Kepler and Herschel and Lagrange and…

We use a timeline constructed by the older students of the high school to show schoolchildren who visit the high school where a milimeter in this line it is almost a million years … and the line is 17 meters!

Then we play with the laws of Kepler and Newton and each student tried to be, to represent in fact, his favorite planet.

The sun turns around on itself once with every applause which represents one month of the Earth and then each of the planets rotates in the same direction, and obviously, in the same plane, to complete their orbits in a different number of terrestrial months.

The Principal of this High School, Prof. Enrique Tomasi, helped with permitting and infrastructure and order, despite being the night before the election, with the strength of his heart and the peace of his mind.

To him our gratitude and appreciation like to the rest of the management team.

This is a partial assessment of our Galilean Nights to repeat at will, disregarding dates and remembering that our brain can try to understand the universe, The universe is not only stranger than we imagine, it is stranger than we can imagine… but… remains understandable. (Thanks Haldane)

We can and we will. That is our message here. Yours with affection and gratitude, recovering the spirit of Galileo and Kepler and Newton and Le Verrier and Einstein.

Here the end of a night of rain, wind storms but … full of astronomical magic.

“I hold every man a debtor to his profession; from the which as men of course do seek to receive countenance and profit, so ought they of duty to endeavor themselves, by way of amends, to be a help and ornament thereunto.” Sir Francis Bacon

Claudio Pastrana
Coordinator of Galilean Nights for Uruguay