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Nicaraguan students reach for stars with observatory

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The students of Managua’s Pierre & Marie Curie high school are stargazing more than usual these days thanks to the recent inauguration of Latin America’s first academic observatory, named in honor of US moonwalker Neil Armstrong.

The observatory, which houses a powerful Orion telescope inside a 15-foot dome, is part of the school’s new chemistry and physics laboratory built to promote science, curiosity and discovery in Nicaragua.

The science center was inaugurated last Friday night in an event attended by international astronomers, government officials, and foreign dignitaries.

Source: Nicaragua Dispatch