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LCO celebrates Chilean Astronomy Day

After two years of online activities, the Las Campanas Observatory celebrated Astronomy Day with in-person events in La Serena and Vallenar. To celebrate this science, activities are held throughout the country, focusing on contingent issues such as light pollution. The activities were aimed at students and the community in general and organized in conjunction with…

LCO joins GMTO and Ecoscience to bring astronomy to northern Chile

After 2 years of virtual operation, the Mobile Laboratory “Conciencia Astronomía”, known as LabMóvil, is back on the road and back to its face-to-face activities in this science thanks to a recent collaboration between the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMTO) and the EcoScience Foundation with Las Campanas Observatory (LCO), part of the Carnegie Institution for Science.…

35 years since the discovery of Supernova 1987A

Stars have a life cycle, and their end depends mainly on their initial mass. One of these endings is supernovae, highly energetic events that cause the parent star to disappear. Thirty-five years ago, on the night of February 24, 1987, astronomer Ian Shelton and Instrument and Operations Specialist Oscar Duhalde discovered a bright supernova in…

LCO gives astronomy and education workshops for teachers

One hundred teachers participated in the workshop “Use of simulators for teaching stars and constellations”, given by Las Campanas Observatory (LCO) in the tenth version of the Astronomy School for Teachers, organized by the Millennium Nucleus Titans and the Center for Astrophysics and Related Technologies (CATA). This school, held between January 27 and 28, 2022,…

Astronomers Focus “Robotic Eyes” on the Milky Way Galaxy

Thanks to an amazing robotic innovation, an international collaboration involving the Carnegie Institution for Science has developed the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS), a research project that has been investigating the structure and evolution of our cosmic home, the Milky Way. A new focal plane system (FPS) called SDSS-V replaces a practical and time-consuming approach…

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,…