Thursday, April 24, 2014

Chile and astronomy

Chile and astronomy

 

Do you like to watch the sky at night? Do you enjoy counting the stars in the sky? Have you visited any observatory lately? Do you know Chile? If you want to you can do both.  I mean you can see the stars and appreciate the sky visiting Chile.




Chile is much known for its clear sky.  It happens because in this country does not rain 300 nights per year.    In Atacama High Plateau and Coquimbo Andean Area it’s possible to have a perfect stellar observation.  Paranal is the name of one of the observatories where a lot of world scientists go to contemplate cosmos and celestial bodies.  Paranal is located to the east of San Pedro de Atacama and to 2,600 meters of altitude. 


 


Cerro Tololo is the oldest observatory of the South Hemisphere.  It is placed to 87 km of La Serena in Valle de Elqui.  It has eight telescopes and if you want to visit it you have to make a reservation.  Mamalluca Observatory is in the same valley.  It owns smaller telescopes but through them you can contemplate galaxies, nebulas and constellations.  Presentations about cosmos are shown there.  In Valle del Limarí you find Cruz del Sur de Combarbalá Observatory.  It keeps four observation cupolas connectible to cameras, an amphitheater to regard the sky. There are other observatories you can visit too.  They are La Silla, Collowara Touristic Observatory, Cerro Mayu Touristic Observatory, Paniri Caur Observatory and Andean Astronomic Observatory.




But in Chile you can appreciate other beautiful places too.  We are going to recommend you two of them. One of them is Santiago.  Santiago is the capital of Chile.  Captivating art museums can teach you a lot of new things. The design of some of its famous neighborhoods could surprise you.  Wine roads, modern ski centers are other of its big attractions.  In the same day, you can go from mountain snow to coast sand.
Lauca National Park is located to 165 kilometers of Arica.  It is hidden between high plateau landscapes, snowfall mountains and villages of Aymará culture.  It is the house of a unique ecosystem in the world which lives at the altitude of 4,500 meters above sea level.



Think about it. Why don’t visit a place where you can see the stars while you are enjoying nature?  Go ahead.

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