ALMA in Concepción

ALMA in Concepción

15 May, 2013 / Read time: 2 minutes

The Biotechnology Center at the Universidad de Concepción (UdeC) and Explora Biobío will host a discussion of "The unknown universe that ALMA will observe from Chile," as part of the Science Café (Café Científico). The event will take place on Thursday, May 16 at 7:00 p.m. at Concepción's municipal library.

What is the importance of ALMA's location in Chile? How does ALMA work? How will Chileans learn of ALMA discoveries? What are the implications for humanity of ALMA's observations? These are just some of the questions to be discussed by Dr. Neil Nagar, associate professor of astronomy at the Universidad de Concepción and Dr. Néstor Cabrera, a post-doctoral fellow at the UdeC Radio Astronomy Laboratory.

The most powerful astronomical observatory in the world, the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (known as ALMA), is an array of 66 interconnected antennas that work as a single, gigantic telescope located at an altitude of 5,000 meters on the Chajnantor Plateau in northern Chile. ALMA is an international partnership of Europe, North America and East Asia in collaboration with the Chile.

The event can be viewed live on the internet at


Valeria Foncea 
Education and Public Outreach Officer,
Joint ALMA Observatory
Santiago, Chile
Tel: +56 2 2467 6258
Cell: +56 9 7587 1963
Email: [email protected]