Chile, an astronomical destination

Chile is recognized as an ideal destination for astronomical tourism. The north of Chile, specifically the Atacama desert, has been named as one of the best places in the world for the observation and study of the stars given the geographical and climatic conditions in this unique area of ​​Chile.

I am excited when reading in the media, as well as in social networks, when Chile is recognized famous destination, in this case on the subject of stargazing in Atacama. I have to confess that one of the things I love is spending time stargazing. I just start flying, thinking about dreams, thoughts, ideas, I love it. Although in the south of Chile it is common to see the skies covered with clouds. That’s why every time I’m in a place where I can see the stars without any problem, I take the time to watch them. One of the places I love to see it is Portillo, a ski center in Chile, which at night is amazing! All the Milky Way, a blanket of stars, shooting stars, planets; If you have the opportunity to see stars in Portillo do not hesitate and do it. It’s beautiful. Don’t forget to add you can watch the reflection of the firmament in the Lagoon called del Inca, so unique.

I remember having the opportunity to go to the Atacama desert, of course it got my attention because it was too dry, but I also remember that it was the first time I saw the full moon as an “enemy” since one of the nights we could visit to an observatory, they told us that we were not going to be able to see the sky in full because “unfortunately” it was full night. It was the first time in my life that I saw the full moon so “non-romantic”.

Chile, an eclipse destination in 2019 and 2020

The year 2019 and 2020 Chile (the Atacama desert and the south of Chile) will be a perfect scenario to gather scientists and sky lovers, to witness two total solar eclipses. The first one can be observed in the north of Chile in the Atacama area. It is said that the last total solar eclipse that occurred in the north of Chile was recorded in the year 1592 and that the next event with these characteristics will occur only in 2165, so this natural event is giving much to talk about not only at a national level but also internationally.

While looking for information to write about, I came across the news that for this eclipse in the Atacama desert, there will be a an American scientist (Glenn Schneider, an astronomer at the University of Arizona’s Steward Observatory) who will fly along the eclipse, in a LATAM Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner airplane and he still has spaces on the plane for lovers of these event. So if you are interested in doing something unique in life, here is the contact where you can find more info if you want to do it: http://www.teiglobal.com/contact.html  The plane will depart from Easter Island and the flight will last approximately 4.5 hrs.

For this eclipse that will be in the Atacama area there are practically no places available for accommodation.

On the other hand, for the eclipse in 2020 you can still find available programs and lodging. That will be on December 14, and it will be seen partially throughout the country (Chile), but it cross specifically in the Araucania region. The phenomenon will last only 2 minutes and 10 seconds (the peak that occurs when the Moon covers the Sun in its entirety).

Andes pure will be offering programs with lodging options and activities for this event in the the Araucania region. If you are interested let us know to sespinosa@andespure.com

Chile is waiting for you! Enjoy these unique events.