Category Archives: NSFastronomy

San Pedro de Atacama and ALMA

Getting to the Atacama Large Millimeter/Sub-millimeter Array (ALMA) radio observatory is done via road. The nearest town with lodging is San Pedro de Atacama, a town of about 3900 people at an altitude of 2400m (7900 feet). Getting to San … Continue reading

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Cerro Tololo: A Summit of Telescopes

Our arrival on Cerro Tololo was late in the afternoon after a full day up at Cerro Pachon and the Gemini South campus. While the two mountaintops are relatively close to each other (10km), it takes hours to get from … Continue reading

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Panoramic Chile

One of the things I like to do when traveling is to take photos that give an overall perspective to the surroundings. While this is getting to be easier with cell phones and their build-in 3D and spherical photography applications, … Continue reading

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Under the Stars of Cerro Tololo: Night 2

Night Two on Cerro Tololo was tremendous. We started out the evening with a viewing of the sunset from the edge of the mountain top just outside the central gathering place: the cafeteria 😉  Food on the mountain, by the … Continue reading

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Under the Stars of Cerro Tololo: Night 1

We arrived on Cerro Tololo after the day’s approach through the desert and the prior visit to Cerro Pachón. The roads are winding, often edge-less, packed gravel and sand pathways that lead up to both mountains. There is a split … Continue reading

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