Glimpse of the universe

History Channel hosts contest to see the stars from Chile

Winners will spend six days in the world’s best natural environment for star gazing, the Atacama Desert, to experience amazing landscapes on Earth and in outer space.

martes, 10 de mayo de 2011  

The History Channel is offering a handful of lucky winners the chance of a lifetime: to travel to the world’s “astronomical hotspot” in northern Chile, visiting the world-class observatory at Paranal as well as the Valley of the Moon and new telescope project ALMA.


The tour will be hosted by famous Chilean climatologist Luis Weinstein, who will lead the winners on a tour through one of the world’s most extreme habitats in order to see stellar views of outer space.


The tour will start in the desert port of Antofagasta, where participants will enjoy dinner and a stay at a luxury hotel, resting up for the adventures to come. The next morning will take the group up through the clouds to the Paranal Observatory, the home of the Very Large Telescope, where they will eat lunch and meet the scientists who live at Paranal. By night, the group will have a chance to observe the galaxy and beyond, accompanied by world-class astronomers.


Day three will start with a desert crossing through the Atacama Desert to the town of San Pedro de Atacama. After a restful afternoon and evening in the town’s distinctive clay buildings and spectacular setting, participants will spend day four at ALMA, a cutting-edge telescope project currently under construction, where they can see the way scientists are fine-tuning the 66 high precision antennae to create the world’s most powerful telescope, before returning to San Pedro for dinner. 


Day five takes the group to the Valle de la Luna – the Valley of the Moon – a singular spot on Earth named for its similarity to our nearest galactic body. Here, visitors can physically experience our planet’s history through the exposed layers of rock strata. By night, the group will look to the stars again, this time as viewed through the telescopes of the Atacama.


After five days of cosmic travels, the group will head to Calama and fly back to Santiago, where they can enjoy the best of Chile’s fine foods, wines and museums.


To enter the contest visit the History Channel website and tell them about your favorite episode of “The Universe,” a hit television show. You can follow the contest online at Facebook and Twitter.