International Year of Chemistry, 2011

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Chemistry in the Stars

Activity by Eduardo Barzana   |   added on Jan 21, 2011   |   Mexico Official_iyc_logo

Sponsor(s): National University of Mexico-School of Chemistry

Joining the annual Night of the Stars show in Mexico, the School of Chemistry at UNAM will offer seminars and conferences about the chemical composition and evolution of the universe.

By using spectroscopy, Huggins and Miller found the same characteristic lines of the elements found in Earth that had previously been described by Kirchhoff and Bunsen, and the solar spectra observed by Fraunhofer. Since then, modern astronomy relies heavily in spectroscopy. With the development of Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics the relative abundance of elements in the space was determined. Knowledge of the chemical composition of space objects can be used to understand the chemical evolution of the universe.

Since 2008, the Night of the Stars show attracts big crowds and this year it will take place on February 26th in the meadows of the National University of Mexico and also in the different states within the country and general public will be able to stare at the space using telescopes located in strategic places along the country. Besides UNAM, organizing members are Conacyt, IPN, the French Embassy and the French Alliance. The School of Chemistry at UNAM, together with the Mexican Chemical Society and the National Association of Schools of Chemistry, is joining this year the National Night of the Stars Show to celebrate the International Year of Chemistry, organizing different seminars and conferences about chemistry, the space and the evolution of the universe that will certainly be very attractive to assistants.

Topic: conferences, chemistry education, seminars, science fair Audience: students, general public, educational institutions
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