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Astronomical tourism under the dark skies of Morazán

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Astronomical tourism under the dark skies of Morazán

Amid growing light pollution, astronomical tourism emerges as a brilliant way to rediscover the beauty of the starry sky in our own countryEvery year, the Astronomy Association of El Salvador (Astro) illuminates the darkness of the night with its long-awaited astro camp.

On this occasion, the event took place last Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11 in Altos del Aguacate, near Corinto, Morazán department, offering enthusiasts a unique experience under dark skies and away from urban lights.

The choice of Altos del Aguacate for the event was no coincidence. The area offers exceptionally dark skies, providing a perfect environment for astronomical observation without light interference.

This type of current pollution greatly affects the possibility of fully enjoying astronomical science, and events such as the astro camp are vital to raise awareness about the importance of protecting these spaces and promoting local astronomical tourism.

During the night, participants had the opportunity to explore planets, open clusters, nebulae and galaxies through powerful telescopes. Celestial objects that, although they are always there, are invisible in the urban sky saturated with artificial lights.

The experience offers a unique link with the universe, awakening curiosity and admiration for the vastness of the cosmos.

Proper preparation is key to making the most of this astronomical experience. Participants carry binoculars for detailed observations, sleeping bags for a comfortable night under the stars, a portable gas stove for cooking needs, hiking boots for exploring the terrain, a coat for the coldest nights, instant food and a first aid kit for any eventuality.

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Another highlight of the astro camp is the use of red light, which causes less interference in observations.

In addition, 4×4 transportation facilitates access to remote places, taking participants away from the urban lights and immersing them in the true darkness of nature.

In one of the images captured during the event, Jupiter, the gas giant of the solar system, appears majestic, accompanied by some of its notable moons such as Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

This celestial spectacle reveals the grandeur and complexity of the universe, reminding us of the importance of preserving the darkness of the night for future generations.

The astro camp is not only a getaway for astronomy lovers, but an opportunity to reconnect with the wonder and beauty that is hidden in the vastness of the cosmos, just beneath the dark skies in El Salvador.

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