Mexico breaks its own world record for most telescopes pointed at the moon
December 5, 2011
Record-breaking appears to be the latest trend in Mexico. A few months ago, a gathering of about 10,000 people in zombie makeup in Mexico City shattering the record for most undead in one place, and now the country has laid claim to another world record.
Over the weekend, Mexicans across the nation pointed their telescopes toward the moon at the same time - a total of 2,753 telescopes - breaking the previous record of 1,042, which was also set by people in Mexico in 2009, Fox News reports.
The event, Mexico Challenge 2011, was part of a "Night of the Stars" festival, and organizers across the country worked together to get an accurate count of just how many people were peering at the moon on Saturday evening. The telescopes ranged from make-shift, homemade devices to top-of-the-line astronomy equipment. According to the news source, event organizers were hoping to reach 5,000 telescopes, but they fell rather short of their goal.
Part of the purpose of the Night of the Stars festival is to deal with claims about the end of the world in 2012, which is based in part on the Mayan calendar. People who are interested in the latest record-breaking news can make calls to Mexico with international phone cards.