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  • Locations: San Pedro de Atacama, Chile
  • Program Terms: Winter (Fall Reg.)
  • Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Program Description:
Astronomy in Chile

December 09 - 19, 2017




Program Description


The total length of the program will be 10 days.  Students will be enrolling in the 2-credit hour course PHY 4905 (Independent Study: Observational Astronomy).USF. The group will spend 5-6 days at a telescope park in Atacama, Chile to study the southern sky.  The transparency of the sky at 5000m elevation during a new moon in December will allow students to contemplate the magnificence of the southern sky which offers unique views of the Milky Way galaxy and of the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds (the closest external galaxies), and much more.  With the 3- credit courses taken at USF, the students will have acquired the knowledge required to conduct astronomical observations while at Atacama, Chile.  

Known as the astronomy capital of the world, Northern Chile provides an amazing opportunity for students to observe the heavens like no place else on Earth. Even with the naked eye, what can be seen in the high mountains near the Atacama Desert has captured the imagination of star-gazers from all over the world and rocketed scientific advancement and innovation. Students on this program will have the chance to view these magnificent sights firsthand as they travel to San Pedro. In addition to the celestial bodies themselves, students will also tour the Paranal Observatory and the Atacama Large Millimeter Array. While not able to use this sensitive equipment directly, they will learn the ins and outs of how current research is being conducted. Students will also have a chance to participate in lectures with experts from the National University of Chile in Santiago, home to the National Observatory.



Santiago and San Pedro de Atacama, Chile


Who Can Participate?

Students in good academic standing.

This program is currently not accepting applications.