Mexico City sets up popular observatory for lunar eclipse

Other News Materials 20 February 2008 23:15 (UTC +04:00)

( dpa ) - The central Zocalo Square in Mexico City was to become a large, popular observatory to help residents view a total lunar eclipse on Wednesday evening.

More than 100 telescopes and screens to broadcast the event were installed on the square, and lectures from experts were planned.

Organizers - including National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and Mexican astronomer Julieta Fierro - hoped more than 50,000 observers would turn up at the square from 6 pm (0000 GMT on Thursday) to observe the phenomenon.

TV UNAM, the television channel of the largest university in Latin America, planned to broadcast live the eclipse and the activities in the Zocalo.

The installation of the observatory was also designed to promote the International Year of Astronomy in 2009.