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This is one of the most striking proposals of the Almería University summer programme, which is limited in places and without the possibility of expanding for reasons of capacity at the highest level of research, such as the observatory’s Almanjor dom Cala High. That’s why Amalia Magan said ‘You are too’ at the opening ceremony of the workshop. [email protected] II’ has told the students that they are “lucky”. The Director of Summer Courses has also justified it as “a unique course-workshop in the world”. They are accompanied by Jess Acetuno, Director of Calar Alto, and Antonio Manuel Puertas, Professor of Applied Physics at UAL and co-director of the course, Jorge Iglesias, Head of the Calar Alto Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics Scientist. Andalusia Institute.

Together they have embarked on a full training consisting of two nights of observations with the largest professional telescope in Europe, a presentation, an initiation workshop, one on a sky simulator and another on citizen science, in addition to two other distinguished presentations, On the one hand the role of women in astronomy and the other on nebulae, a topical issue on the subject. Amalia Magan recalled that “this is the second year that it has been held, noting the success of its first edition, the result of UAL’s collaboration with the economic and social environment, in this case with the Calar Alto Observatory”. In this line of repeating seminars, he has shown his pride in consolidation, in balancing with renewal: “more and more courses are becoming successful, with new students becoming successful year after year and many who are all editions because they always get to learn something new.”

As far as ‘you are too’ [email protected]’, “We see that this responds to the interests of society in general and to professionals and associations, as we have verified that a very diverse student body has enrolled and is interested in using these professional instruments and astronomers. given a unique opportunity to live in the form. The course which lasts three days “. It has a dual location, as the presentations take place at CITE V on the university campus and observation in Calar Alto, a new municipality, Gérgal, where it is located, is added to eight locations. The decentralization achieved is a source of “pride” for the Summer Course Work team: “We are all over the province and this presence is having a great impact, very well received is because people want them in their areas; They attract speakers and students, they revitalize local social and economic activity, and the office of the Vice President of Communications and University Extension accomplishes this task”.

In this sense the first assessment is very positive: “In this edition a lot of people, the public and the students have contacted me to thank me, because we are really giving them the opportunity to open the university with these luxury collaborations that if Otherwise, they could not enjoy them, all thanks to the fact that a series of agreements and conventions have been drawn up and this one seems to be a success”. One of the congratulations, with thanks, from Canal Alto has come to the mouth of its own director, Jess Acetuno: “We are very pleased with the observatory; This is the fifth time we have collaborated to offer a summer course focused on astronomy, and it fills us with pride to see that the full quota of available places continues to be covered year after year. This time, in addition, “it is particularly interesting to us because we have started a collaboration with UAL and other institutions to create a new instrument for the Calor Alto, unique in the world, which it aims to do” .

He specified that the aim is “to find out what happened at a very specific stage in the universe, in which 25% of the mass was formed, approximately between 1,800 and 2,700 million years ago”. Due to the “strong” relationship with the University of Almería, with joint research into the matter, and with regard to what students will enjoy, they have reevaluated the curriculum even more in relation to “star performance”. Not only to be able to observe the sky, but to be able to do it through one of the most ‘wonderful’ instruments through which it can be seen, a professional telescope in which, for those typical nights For this, an eyepiece can be installed” Acetuno highlights the fact that “Here, in this region of Spain, we do science and develop technology that can be used face-to-face for large international institutions, without any campus. – can speak to those who are dedicated to it and who are known to the public, whether it is NASA, or the European Space Agency, or other large observatories that are distributed around the world”.

In addition, “in Almeria we are leaders in technological development and we also do quality science that is not being done elsewhere”, he added verbatim, “which is without a doubt a source of pride”. The opening of the summer course is “the best way to attract the public, and yes, it clearly implies an effort, as the equipment out there is highly sought after every night of the year by the entire scientific community.” That said, from Calar Alto they think that “the general public should have the opportunity to enjoy even for a single night, and it is clear that the precautions are maximum, but in all the versions there is an excellent cooperation by both sides and it Repeats this as many times as necessary”. Thus, “people can fall in love with the sky because of what they can see for themselves”.

As for Antonio Manuel Puertas as course director, he remarked that “this is the fifth edition, the second in workshop mode”, showing his satisfaction “because the enrollment is again completed in the first days of the term”. Its text is that “interest from society remains high and it encourages us to continue”. The way it is designed has been around “the strongest point, which is observation through the Kalaar Alto Telescope, 1.23 m A, a unique opportunity in the world”. Thus, “the whole organization of the course is focused on this aspect, we seek out the nights when it is available, which are most optimal for observing what we want to see, and from there we build up the rest.” Program”. In the dome “it is not convenient for many people not to change the temperature around them”, so the nomination cannot be extended, and in fact the group is divided into two parts. He also highlights that “the other director of the UAL Astronomy Classroom is George Iglesias”, and to some extent “this summer course is the culmination of a classroom that maintains a very high level of activity throughout the year”.