Category Archives: News

After decades of work, six employees leave LCO

After several years of excellent work at Las Campanas Observatory (LCO), six of our collaborators retired under a special voluntary retirement plan promoted by the Carnegie Institution for Science. To bid them farewell, on December 27, 2021, a tribute ceremony was held at the LCO offices in La Serena.  The ceremony was semi-presential. In addition…

Traditional Christmas tree was lit in El Pino Hill 

Between December 23 and January 6, the Araucaria tree located in the offices of the Las Campanas Observatory in La Serena, IV region of Chile, will be illuminated, simulating a Christmas tree as it has been traditionally done. In La Serena it is said that many children even believed that the “Viejito Pascuero” (Little Old…

Research presents new strategy for major astronomical survey

Astronomer of the Universidad de Chile leads a research that presents an object selection strategy for the APOGEE-2 project, a high-resolution, near-infrared, multi-point spectroscopic survey of the Milky Way using data obtained with the du Pont telescope of the Las Campanas Observatory. Also participating in the study were Carnegie Institution for Science researchers Rachael Beaton,…

Relic of a past merger event discovered in the LMC

Just as we use several bricks to create a wall, the galaxies that populate our Universe are thought to have been built from the merger of smaller ones. The “Milky Way building” is the result of this assembly process and, recently, several building blocks of our galaxy have been discovered.  Smaller galaxies are expected to…

Seminar on Chile’s Astronomical Heritage came to an end

“Past, present and future” was the name of the last webinar of the seminar “Astronomical Heritage of Chile”, held on October 18, 2021 through the zoom platform, with live streaming through the Youtube channel of the Las Campanas Observatory and the Institute of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Valparaiso.  The seminar had three…

Chemical history of a star cluster in the inner regions of the Milky Way galaxy revealed

An international group of researchers, including astronomers from the Universidad Católica del Norte have conducted the first investigation of the chemical properties of the ancient globular cluster Tonantzintla 1, also known as NGC 6380. The researchers worked with data obtained with the Irénée du Pont telescope at Las Campanas Observatory. Globular clusters are symmetric, compact…