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Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2018 10:04 pm

The observatory at Resaca de la Palma State Park officially will become the Dr. Christina V. Torres Astronomical Observatory during a celebration devoted to science and astronomy May 5.

The inauguration ceremony will get underway after 6 p.m. as night falls over a place with one of the lowest levels of light pollution in the Rio GrandeValley, said Mario Diaz, a professor of physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. Also, Diaz is director of the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy at UTRGV’s Brownsville campus.

Several years ago, Diaz shepherded the observatory and its 16-inch telescope from its perch at what was then the University of Texas at Brownsville to Resaca de la Palma State Park. The park came into existence in 2008 as part of the WorldBirdingCenter. At 1,200 acres, it is the largest state park south of San Antonio, park superintendent Pablo de Yturbe said.

Diaz said his vision is to integrate natural science and space science on the site. He noted the park is a “true natural jewel” and home to a diversity of plant and animal life. At night, there is practically none of the competing artificial light that one finds in the city, making the site ideal for astronomical observations.

“It fulfils a dual purpose,” Diaz said. “It’s important that our community comes to that place and people see how important it is to conserve our environment.”

glong@brownsvilleherald.com

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