Entertaining Astronomical Day of ALMA- ESO Open House

Entertaining Astronomical Day of ALMA- ESO Open House

5 April, 2023 / Read time: 2 minutes

As part of the commemorative activities for Astronomy Day in Chile, the ALMA Observatory (ESO/NRAO/NAOJ) and the European Southern Observatory (ESO) opened their doors to the public Friday, March 24, at their headquarters located in Vitacura. 

In the morning, 160 students from public schools in Vitacura and Cerro Navia were invited, and in the afternoon, there were public visits and talks under prior registration.

The mayoress of Vitacura, Camila Merino, also wanted to join us, taking a tour with the director of ALMA, Sean Dougherty, and the ESO representative in Chile, Luis Chavarría, who showed her the various activities that were being carried out. 

The activities contemplated six stations forming a learning and interactivity circuit. In them, it was possible to see the control rooms of the observatory antennas, people saw the Sun with special telescopes, they learned about comets and our Solar System, and they entertained themselves with artistic activities related to the Universe. 

The day ended with two talks: one by ESO and the other by ALMA, in which astronomer José Gallardo explained about ALMA and answered questions from adults and children.

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.