ALMA extends exhibit in Fundación Telefónica until end of January

ALMA extends exhibit in Fundación Telefónica until end of January

7 January, 2016 / Read time: 3 minutes

Due to its overwhelming success, the ALMA Observatory and Fundación Telefónica has extended the exhibit on “ALMA, exploring our cosmic origins” until January 31, 2016.

“The over 25 thousand exhibit visitors reaffirm society’s interest in astronomy, which increases our commitment to the dissemination of these issues in Chile,” explains Pierre Cox, director of ALMA.

The exhibit, which opened on October 7 in Espacio Fundación Telefónica (Av. Providencia 127, Santiago), uses impressive photography and illustrative videos to show the innermost workings of the most powerful earth observatory in the history of humankind, and to clarify the reason why it is installed at 5,000 meters above sea level in the middle of the Atacama desert, what it looks for and what it has discovered so far about our cosmic origins.

The overwhelming attendance since its inauguration is also explained by the complementary activities that accompany the exhibit, such as talks, round tables, astronomic observations and workshops for schoolchildren. The videos that give an overview in images of these activities and the full recordings of some of these are available here (some are only in Spanish):

Trailer of the ALMA Exhibition featured at the Espacio Fundación Telefónica in Santiago, Chile. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

Within the exhibition “ALMA, explorando nuestros orígenes cósmicos” in the Fundación Telefónica there were workshops and other Education oriented activities with teachers, students and schools. (Only in Spanish) Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

ALMA astronomer Sergio Martin explained to students why such a far-away and inhospitable place was chosen to house the most modern radio telescope in the world, and why this new instrument is so important to global astronomy. (Only in Spanish) Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

3 artists exhibited their art and visions on the potential for creative connection between art and astronomy. Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

Complete recording of the round table about art and astronomy. (Only in Spanish) Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

Round table on astronomical heritage: How can we get the most out of the Chilean skies? | The CEO of Fundación Imagen de Chile, Myriam Gómez, the director of the Astrotourism Chile project, Pablo Álvarez, and the science writer responsible for Astroblog, Ricardo García, present on the potentials of Chile as a global astronomical destination. (Only in Spanish) Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

Amateur astrophotographers who work at ALMA team up with a Chilean expert to give a theoretical and practical workshop on photography for celestial bodies from the 31st floor of the Telefónica building. (Only in Spanish) Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)


Valeria Foncea 
Education and Public Outreach Officer
Joint ALMA Observatory
Santiago, Chile
Tel: +56 2 467 6258
Cell: +56 9 75871963

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