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Successful daytime and nighttime astronomical observation with followers of ALMA's social networks
Friday, 09 September 2016

In a place near Santiago, around fifty people enjoyed observing the daytime and nighttime skies at the Chilean Skies Observatory in Colina. The activity was organized for the followers of the ALMA Observatory's social networks and supported by astronomer Laura Gómez.

Three solar and seven night telescopes were made available by Dámaso Garcia, an amateur astronomer and owner of the Chilean Skies Observatory, to gaze nearby celestial bodies such as Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, the Sun, the Moon, and Antares, a red supergiant star. Some of them were bright enough that they could even be seen during the day.

“I didn't know we could see planets and stars during the day, nor did I know there was a place like this so close to Santiago,” said Fernando Cereceda, one of the observers, surprised to see solar flares and eruptions. “It was an enriching and very powerful experience,” he added after looking through a telescope equipped with filters to safely observe the Sun.

The participants arrived thanks to their registration or by entering a contest being held for the followers of ALMA's social networks. Camila Ascencio, one of the big winners of the contest and lover of astronomy, thanked the organizers for the opportunity they provided.

The observation took place between 5:30 and 10pm and it is expected be repeated soon.

Drone video of the astronomical observation activity led by amateur astronomer and owner of the Chilean Skies Observatory, Dámaso Garcia, for the followers of the ALMA's social networks. Credit: Tatai Rassmusen, TR Imagen - ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

Successful daytime and nighttime astronomical observation with followers of ALMA's social networks

Three solar and seven night telescopes were made available by amateur astronomer and owner of the Chilean Skies Observatory, Dámaso Garcia, for the followers of the ALMA's social networks to enjoy observing the daytime and nighttime skies. Credit: Tatai Rassmusen, TR Imagen - ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO) | Download image



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Santiago, Chile

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