ALMA in Antofagasta: 10 years of astronomical discoveries

ALMA in Antofagasta: 10 years of astronomical discoveries

27 September, 2023 / Read time: 2 minutes

This year, the ALMA observatory celebrates its first decade of existence in the region and wants to celebrate it with the entire Antofagasta community. For this reason, collaborating with the Antofagasta Regional Library, it will inaugurate a significant exhibition commemorating ten years of amazing astronomical discoveries. Throughout October, science month in Chile, those who visit the library will be able to join this true celebration of knowledge and explore cosmic origins together.

How? Visitors will have the opportunity to marvel at ALMA's most notable discoveries, interacting with 3D printed models of some of them and also the observatory's antennas. There will also be a visual tour that reveals the operation of this unique radio telescope of its kind, located on the Chajnantor plateau, 5,000 meters above sea level, and, on the mezzanine of the library, documentaries about ALMA will be projected on a big screen.

Opening Date: October 3, 2023, 12:00 p.m.

Location: Antofagasta Regional Library, Jorge Washington 2623, Antofagasta.

Duration of the Exhibition: From October 3 to 27. Open to the public from Tuesday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Special events

  • For students: Antofagasta schools can register courses or groups to have mediated visits to the ALMA exhibition, an educational experience that promises to enrich the mind and spirit. Register for your course at: [email protected]
  • For the general public: there will be an unmissable program of expository talks given by prominent ALMA astronomers on these dates and places:
    • Antofagasta Regional Library
      • October 3, 6:00 p.m. - Sergio Martin: "#ALMA10años: an extraordinary adventure."
    • Antofagasta Museum:
      • October 11, 6:30 p.m. - Celia Verdugo: "Between hills and galaxies: the astronomical adventure of northern Chile."
      • October 19, 6:30 p.m. - David Rebolledo: "Achieving the impossible: photographing two black holes for the first time in history."
      • October 26, 6:30 p.m. - Juan Cortés: "Reflections of the sky: the saywas of the Atacama Desert and their astronomical legacy."

Free entry.

Join us on this stellar journey and celebrate a decade of amazing discoveries with ALMA!

Additional Information

ALMA is a partnership of ESO (representing its member states), NSF (USA) and NINS (Japan), together with NRC (Canada), NSTC and ASIAA (Taiwan), and KASI (Republic of Korea), in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. The Joint ALMA Observatory is operated by ESO, AUI/NRAO and NAOJ.