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NSF visits LCO 

On September 28, members of the U.S. federal agency National Science Foundation (NSF) visited Las Campanas Observatory of the Carnegie Institution for Science and the site where the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMTO) is being built. The visit was led by David Osip, Deputy Director of LCO; Oscar Contreras, GMTO’s legal representative in Chile and Vice…

LCO participates in Asteroid Day Chile activities

Every June 30 has been known as International Asteroid Day since 2016. The United Nations General Assembly set this date to commemorate the impact of an asteroid in Tunguska in Siberia (Russian Federation) on June 30, 1908, and to raise awareness about the danger of asteroid impact. Last Sunday, June 26, 2022, Las Campanas Observatory,…

We celebrate National Heritage Day

Last Sunday, May 29, Las Campanas Observatory (LCO) participated in the activity organized by the National Astronomical Observatory of the University of Chile, located in Cerro Calán (Las Condes, Metropolitan Region) for Heritage Day. Around 6,300 people attended the event. Thanks to the outreach alliance that LCO has with the Giant Magellan Observatory (GMT) and…

The Mobile Laboratory arrives in Coquimbo

The “Conciencia Astronomía” Mobile Laboratory, operated by Las Campanas Observatory in alliance with the EcoScience Foundation and the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMTO), is working to promote scientific and astronomical education among children and young people, mainly in the north of our country. In this context, on May 25 and 26, the laboratory visited the Municipal…

Astronomers Find ‘Gold Standard’ Star In Milky Way

A team of astronomers led by University of Michigan’s Ian Roederer and including Carnegie’s Erika Holmbeck have identified the widest range of elements yet observed in a star beyond our own Sun. Their findings are published in The Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series. The researchers identified 65 elements in the star, which is called HD 222925. Of…