ALMA to open its doors in Santiago for Astronomy Day in Chile

ALMA to open its doors in Santiago for Astronomy Day in Chile

13 March, 2015 / Read time: 2 minutes

As part of Astronomy Day events, the ALMA Observatory will open its Santiago offices to the public next Friday, March 20, with activities for students and the general public.

In conjunction with the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Municipality of Vitacura, students from public schools in the district have been invited to observe the Sun through telescopes, watch videos projected in a mobile planetarium, and attend a lecture on astronomy and ALMA.

In the afternoon there will be activities for the community, with free functions at the mobile planetarium and a talk by ALMA astronomer José Gallardo, who will connect with his colleague Gianni Marconi from the observatory located in northern Chile.

Space is limited for the afternoon activities and advance registration is required. To register, please visit:

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The Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), an international astronomy facility, is a partnership of the European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Natural Sciences (NINS) of Japan in cooperation with the Republic of Chile. ALMA is funded by ESO on behalf of its Member States, by NSF in cooperation with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) and the National Science Council of Taiwan (NSC) and by NINS in cooperation with the Academia Sinica (AS) in Taiwan and the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI).

ALMA construction and operations are led by ESO on behalf of its Member States; by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), managed by Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI), on behalf of North America; and by the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ) on behalf of East Asia. The Joint ALMA Observatory (JAO) provides the unified leadership and management of the construction, commissioning and operation of ALMA.


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