Author Archives: Carol Rojas

LCO Reopening Phases

In Chile, the start of the COVID 19 pandemic was in March 2020. Considering the possible impact on the health of our collaborators and visitors that this pandemic could have, the Las Campanas Observatory closed its operations on March 18 of this year. Since then, multiple efforts have been made to contain the spread of…

Release 20200930

Dear LCO collaborators, There is light at the end of the tunnel! Literally said, we soon return to the light of the stars. In practice, we go from phase A to phase B (see definition of phases on the LCO website). For this return to be brilliant, we will have to put a lot of…

Release 20200928

Dear LCO community, We are happy to report that the covid case numbers have been falling in the La Serena area and the region has exited quarantine today. Given this positive development, we are able to slightly increase the number of employees at Las Campanas. Starting tomorrow, we will begin to cool down instruments on…

Release 20200907

Dear LCO collaborators, Today, the Ministerio de Salud reported 1,764 new cases of COVID-19, with a total of 424,274 infections since the arrival of the coronavirus in Chile. In the Coquimbo Region, according to authorities, there are 10,588 total accumulated cases, 96 of them new and 810 active, with 159 deaths in total. Due to…

Online talks by LCO

On Thursday, August 13, Las Campanas Observatory’s cycle of online talks began, which will feature top-level speakers, all of whom are part of the observatory’s staff. These talks will deal with various topics related to astronomy, technology, engineering and daily life at LCO. All the talks will be transmitted live through the Youtube channel of…

LCO Survey Observer/Operator (SOO)

The Las Campanas Observatory (LCO) of the Carnegie Institution for Science Observatories –a world-class astronomical institution– has several openings for our new Survey Operations Team at the du Pont 2.5 m telescope as Survey Observer/Operator (SOO). As part of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey V (SDSS-V), the duPont telescope operations is transitioning to a full…

Scientific Institutions Launch “Inclusive Astronomy Stories”

In August, the ten-episode online series began, broadcast live on popular digital platforms, with a Chilean sign language interpreter. Through “Stories of Inclusive Astronomy,” different specialists and professionals in the field of science and astronomy, teachers, students, and people with disabilities will tell their experiences promoting Inclusive Astronomy in Chile and the world. The connected…