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Google Doodle Celebrates Mexican Astronomer Guillermo Haro

Google has really been representing for the Latino community with their Google Doodle’s lately. They have honored Gabriel García Márquez, Richard Colón and Yma Sumac. These doodles are telling the history of Latinos in film, music, science, technology, and now astronomy. The latest Google Doodle is honoring the late Mexican pioneer Guillermo Haro who even has specific formation named after him. Here’s a little bit about the man on today’s Google Doodle.

Guillermo Haro is today’s Google Doodle honoree. He was a pivotal part of our ongoing quest to figure out space.

The historic Mexican pioneer in astronomy, who would have turned 105 today, made huge discoveries, some of which we see every single night.

Haro is credited for discovering the three sister stars that make up Orion’s Belt.

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According to Time magazine, the constellation that make up Orion’s Belt “is among the most recognizable celestial shapes out there.”

Haro’s largest discovery, however, is what is known as planetary nebulae.

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This consists of “jets of gas and other matter erupting from newly formed stars.” The discovery became known as Herbig-Haro objects.

Haro also discovered thousands of stars, galaxies, and much more.

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Haro is listed at discovering 8,746 blue stars, 44 blue galaxies, a supernova, more than 10 novae and a comet, Al Jazeera reports.

Google notes that Haro was also the first Mexican elected to the Royal Astronomical Society in 1959.

Here’s what some people are saying about today’s Google Doodle that honors this revolutionary Mexican astronomer.

He is indeed a star conquistador as Alejandro says.

The use of Haro’s face is melting people’s hearts.

Google even added his mustache.

And the attention around the doodle has reminded people of a documentary about him.

The documentary, “Homenaje Dr. Guillermo Haro,” was the work of his own son to show the work his father has done. Click here to watch the whole thing on YouTube.

Happy Birthday, Guillermo.

We’ll think about your achievements as we look at the stars tonight.

READ: Google Is Honoring Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez With A Doodle

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Puerto Rico Lost Its Giant Telescope But Now It Hopes To Build A Giant Space Port

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Puerto Rico Lost Its Giant Telescope But Now It Hopes To Build A Giant Space Port

Puerto Rico’s famed Arecibo telescope collapsed in December after years of neglect and damage from earthquakes and hurricanes. But the island is looking to the future with the hope that the U.S. territory could become a major hub for space exploration as a potential space port.

Puerto Rico seeks to be a hub for international space travel.

Puerto Rico may best be known for its tourist packed beaches and its bankrupt finances, but as the island continues to recover from the economic disasters in the wake of hurricanes and earthquakes, it’s looking to the future.

And to many officials on the island, the future is in space exploration. The Caribbean island has put out a request for information, or RFI, seeking companies interested in turning a sleepy airport at the base of the El Yunque National Rainforest into a space port.

The island’s location between North and South America and close to the Equator gives it “viable trajectories to a large range of desirable low earth orbit launch inclinations,” Puerto Rico’s Port Authority said in a notice posted Friday.

The potential base could be a major boost to the Puerto Rican economy.

The site is currently a small airport that already houses an 11,000 feet runway and offers flights to various points in the territory. But with the existing infrastructure, officials state it could easily be converted into a space port.

If the site does generate interest, it would be a major boost to Puerto Rico’s small but vibrant aerospace sector. Honeywell Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney and Collins Aerospace all have manufacturing plants on the island.

Puerto Rico would also join a growing number of U.S. states and jurisdictions that are vying for pieces of the commercial launch business, which is expected to become a trillion-dollar market over the next decade.

The executive director of the Puerto Rico Ports Authority (APPR), Joel A. Pizá Batiz, believes that “The aerospace industry is one of the economic sectors that is experiencing the most rapid growth. In fact, in the midst of the pandemic it was one of the few sectors that did not receive much impact,” he explained.

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

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Google Is Pledging $250K To Help With DACA Applications And Renewals

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, is not a contentious topic among Americans. The program offers young adults who entered the U.S. as children relief from deportation and a chance to live out of the shadows. Now that it has been reinstated, Google wants to help some people achieve the dream of being a DACA recipient.

Google is pledging a quarter of a million dollars to help people apply for DACA.

The Trump administration did everything in their power to end DACA. The constant uncertainty has left hundreds of thousands of young people in limbo. The war waged against Dreamers by the Trump administration came to a temporary end when a federal judge ruled that Chad Wolf was illegally installed as the head of the Department of Homeland Security. It invalidated a member from Wolf stating that no new DACA applications would be approved.

Kent Walker, the SVP of Global Affairs, laid out the case for DACA in an essay.

Walker discusses the uncertainty the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients currently face after the tumultuous time for the program. He also touches on the economic hardships that has befallen so many because of the pandemic. With so many people out of work, some Dreamers do not have the money to apply or renew their DACA due to a lack of financial resources. For that reason, Google is getting involved.

“We want to do our part, so Google.org is making a $250,000 grant to United We Dream to cover the DACA application fees of over 500 Dreamers,” writes Walker. “This grant builds on over $35 million in support that Google.org and Google employees have contributed over the years to support immigrants and refugees worldwide, including more than $1 million from Googlers and Google.org specifically supporting DACA and domestic immigration efforts through employee giving campaigns led by HOLA (Google’s Latino Employee Resource Group).”

People are celebrating Google for their decision but are calling on Congress to do more.

Congress will ultimately have to decide on what to do for the Dreamers. There has been growing pressure from both sides of the aisle calling on Congress to work towards granting them citizenship. DACA is a risk of being dismantled at any moment. It is up to Congress to come through and deliver a bill to fix the issue once and for all.

“We know this is only a temporary solution. We need legislation that not only protects Dreamers, but also delivers other much-needed reforms,” writes Walker. “We will support efforts by the new Congress and incoming Administration to pass comprehensive immigration reform that improves employment-based visa programs that enhance American competitiveness, gives greater assurance to immigrant workers and employers, and promotes better and more humane immigration processing and border security practices.”

READ: New DACA Applications Were Processed At The End Of 2020 For The First Time In Years

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