Ignacio Castro Pinal
Ave. San Bernabe 723-Casa 7
San Jerónimo Lídice, C.P. 10200
México City, D.F. México
+52 55 5500 0562
Ignacio Pinal has been the IPS Affiliate representative for AMPAC for the past 20 years. He currently collaborates for The United States-Mexico Foundation for Science, in charge of High School STEM Education Programs. He collaborated for 30 years at the Museo Tecnológico de C.F.E. (Technology Museum and Planetarium), which is currently closed for renovation.
Any planetarium in Mexico may apply for AMPAC membership.
The AMPAC general meeting 2018 took place at the end of November 2018. AMPAC President Karla Peregrina reported on her tenure 2016-2018, offering special thanks and recognition to Jesus Mendoza Alvarez, Directive of Mexico´s Science and Technology Council, CONACYT, for supporting the 3 International Planetarium Festivals held in Mexico.
At the meeting, a new AMPAC Board was elected for the 2018- 2020, Julien Claude Potier, responsible for Descubre Planetarium, as President; Manuel Eduardo Hernández, Director Planetarium Torreón, as President Elect; Ramón Vargas from Puebla Planetarium, as Secretary; and Eduardo Piña, from Universum Planetarium as treasurer.
During the meeting the possibility to bid for 2024 IPS Conference was considered if economic and institutional support is given by the government authorities, to rebuild and acquire top of the art Dome Projection technology. Planetarium and site still to be selected as possible candidate.
Featured as an under construction planetarium in the September 2018 Planetarian, International News, the Guadalajara Planetarium was inaugurated on December 2 by the former State of Jalisco Governor, Aristóteles Sandoval, as an achievement of his State ending tenure. So far one of the best Planetariums in the country. With an 18-meter dome and its Digistar 6, Evans & Sutherland, 8 k 3D projection system, with six 4k projectors with 30,000 lumens each and a seating capacity of 175; visitors will learn about of the evolution of man, Newton and Einstein, waves, atoms, the micro cosmos, and bio molecules, space, universe and the earth, environment equilibrium, biodiversity, drones, mathematics and even State of Jalisco handicrafts.
Several AMPAC planetariums fixed and mobile, participated in 100 other locations, science museums, archeological sites, etc. during the annual Stars Night event, inspired in the Nuits des Étoiles created in France, aimed at bringing science to the society and showing the beauty of the sky.
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Last updated: 5 July 2019