The Diffusion and Dissemination of scientific knowledge, technological development and innovation in all educational levels and sectors of society, is one of the priorities established in the State Development Plan 2011-2016 and in the Science and Technology Sector Program: "Influence the culture of society with a priority approach to the new generations to create awareness on the issues of science, technology and innovation, so that they adopt a positive attitude and generate a vocation for the professions that are deemed priority for the entity in those aspects".
The Cha'an Ka'an Planetarium was built with an investment of 59 million 750 thousand pesos from the Mixed Fund CONACYT - Government of the State of Quintana Roo and on a land of 10,000 m2 donated by the State Government. This work concluded in the summer of 2015. The Planetarium opened its doors to the public from Cozumel and abroad on August 20, 2015.
The Planetarium was built and is equipped as a recreational space for Cozumeleños and one more attraction for visitors to the island. This space encourages coexistence, the exchange of ideas and will develop multiple activities for the delight of its visitors in an environment that stimulates scientific knowledge and innovation, as well as the preservation of the legacy of the Mayan culture and the biodiversity of our State.
The construction design concept refers to the swallow, symbol of the island, in addition, its curved shapes offer resistance to hurricane-force winds very common in the region. The architectural solution proposes to fulfill the objective of offering a public space, promoting the approach to scientific knowledge and technological innovations, to the knowledge of the universe and the conservation of natural resources and the environmental heritage of the state of Quintana Roo.
In order to incorporate the participation of the population in the selection of the name of the Cozumel Planetarium, a group of specialists from the University of Quintana Roo, the City Chronicler and the Monitoring Committee was integrated to propose, consistent with the objectives of the Planetarium, three names to be submitted to a public consultation.
With 34.33% of a total of 664, “Cha'an Ka'an” was the name chosen by the Cozumeleños. Cha'an Ka'an means: Observe or enjoy the sky. The Mayans, through astronomical observation, achieved scientific knowledge that still amazes us for its precision and with this they governed their life, religion and culture.
Enjoying astronomy and the legacy of this millenary culture are part of the activities that will take place in this complex for the dissemination of Science, Technology and Culture.