What Chile has to offer
Chile’s unique attributes bring together prestigious scientists and leading-edge international consortia.
Because of its unbeatable geographic conditions, connectivity advantages and the support of a state-owned scientific institution, Chile has become a veritable pole for the growth of astronomy that attracts the most renowned research centers, universities, inter-governmental agencies and their respective professionals.
The Atacama desert and the Elqui valley, both located in the northern part of the territory, have successively been chosen as the sites for installing the most potent observatories on Earth, such as the Very Large Telescope (VLT) implemented by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) at the end of the 1900s.
And during the current decade, the startup of operations of the Large Millimeter Array (ALMA), the Giant Magellanic Telescope (GMT) –by the group led by the Carnegie Institution for Science– and the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT), will confirm Chile’s position as the main global platform for astronomical research, with approximately 60 local astronomers, 400 undergraduate and graduate students and some 800 persons working at the large scientific centers.
As an example, when deciding where to install the E-ELT, the European Southern Observatory not only considered the “astronomical quality” of the Chilean atmosphere but also the “scientific and operational synergies” that exist due to the presence of the other installations.