Participants of the 37th International School for Young Astronomers in Honduras

A borderless astronomy was felt in Honduras with the 37th International School for Young Astronomers. During three weeks, 28 students from 12 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean participated in this course with the purpose of enlarging their perspective of astronomy, as well to exchange experiences in different fields this science covers.

In Honduras, the host of this scientific event organized by the International Astronomical Union (IAU), was the Faculty of Spatial Sciences of the National Autonomous University of Honduras, with the sponsorship of the Kavli Prize of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Colombia, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Panama, Mexico, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras, were represented within the students of this course, which was conducted by an international team of astronomers. In this edition, we worked with Kam Ching Leung, subdirector of the ISYA; Michele Gerbaldi and Michel Dennefeld, researchers from the Institute of Astrophysics of Paris; Paola Altamirano, researcher at the University of Swinburne; Rodolfo Barbá, professor at the University of La Serena; and María Cristina Pineda de Carías, dean of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences. Also labor was done with Silvia Torres Peimbert, IAU President, who explained during her dissertations important aspects about the interstellar medium and star formation.

Mainly, topics related to binary stars, stellar physics, galaxies, interstellar matter, astronomical instrumentation, databases, virtual observatories and astronomy education, were the focus of attention in this ISYA, held in Honduras from 23 November to 11 December.

The schedule of this event was coordinated by the organizing committee of the Faculty of Spatial Sciences, carrying out a series of lectures, labs and even a visit to Copan. On this visit, students and teachers met Copan Ruins, approaching to the field of study of cultural astronomy led by researchers from the Department of Archaeoastronomy and Cultural Astronomy of the UNAH.

So this is how in this school the students expanded their knowledge in different areas of astronomy, mainly in astrophysics, cosmology, stellar astronomy and observational astronomy.

Since its creation by the IAU in 1967, the ISYA events have taken place in different parts of the world; in America it has been held in Argentina, Mexico, Trinidad and Tobago and now in Honduras, being the first time that this event takes place in a Central American country.


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