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Mexican stargazers set new world record

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 01:11

April 22 - Nearly 3,000 people peer at the heavens through telescopes across Mexico as the country breaks the Guinness World Record for most telescopes pointed at the same place at the same time. Elly Park reports.

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Almost 3,000 Mexicans brought out their telescopes and aimed for the stars to break the Guinness world record the country set in 2011. In the end 2,978 people simultaneously looked through telescopes at the moon from Mexico City and 40 other locations across the country -- beating the previous record of 2,753. Jose Franco Lopez is the president of Mexico's National Academy of Sciences. SOUNDBITE: Jose Franco Lopez, President of the Mexican Academy of Sciences, saying (Spanish) "The idea of going for this Guinness record is to encourage people who have telescopes to take them outside, out of cupboards and the closet, and use them." Organizers said that attendance would have likely been higher if it were not for inclement weather in the state of Puebla where only 316 people came out to peer at the skies. Other science-related public events are to be held in Mexico which will end with the "Night of the Stars" on November 9, when thousands are expected to gather across the country for an evening of telescope viewing, workshops and musical performances.

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Mexican stargazers set new world record

Monday, April 22, 2013 - 01:11