Universidad de Chile will teach a course on Astronomy

As of Friday 11 June the University of Chile will provide a series of lectures designed for the general public, whose sole requirement is an interest in the mysteries of the universe.

Registration costs 46,000 Chilean pesos, and opened on 2 June.
Registration costs 46,000 Chilean pesos, and opened on 2 June.

The Astronomy Department of the Universidad de Chile, one of the most prestigious higher education institutions in Latin America, will offer a series of lectures under the title of “Contemporary Astronomy”. These will be non-technical, understandable by the general public, and their aim will be to enable attendees to appreciate current knowledge of astronomy.

Those who sign up for the lectures will be able to learn about the current vision of the universe, the movements of the sun and moon, the seasons, the calendar, the solar system, supernovas, black holes and the Milky Way, as well as the millions of galaxies that populate the universe.

The course also provides a view of the history of astronomy, starting from classical Greece and progressing toward current astronomical thinking and the theory of the Expanding Universe.

The course will consist of four classes that will take place on Friday 11, 18 and 25 June, and Friday 2 July at 7:00 pm at Camino El Observatorio 1515, Cerro Calán, in the municipality of Las Condes. The lecturer will be Professor José Maza, winner of the National Award for Exact Sciences 1999, and also co-author of the book “Supernovas. El Explosivo Final de una Estrella” (Supernovas: The Explosive End of a Star). He also wrote the book “Astronomía Contemporánea” (Contemporary Astronomy), which was published in 1988 and re-edited in 2009.

Registration costs 46,000 Chilean pesos, and opened on 2 June. Applications will be received until 9 June, writing to nhuerta@das.uchile.cl. Those who enroll will receive the book “Astronomía Contemporánea”, 2009 edition. The registration fee for those who do not wish to buy the book will be 35,000 Chilean pesos.

The aim of the course is to increase astronomical knowledge among society in general, taking advantage of the excellent level and facilities Chile has for studying this discipline.