Visit Chile observatory

This item appears on page 77 of the December 2013 issue.

The Observatorio Astronómico Andino, or Andes Astronomical Observatory (Camino del Bollenar 21.974, Lo Barnechea, Santiago; phone +56 02 -221 514 59) outside of Santiago, Chile, offers tours of the facility.

A tour in English starts with a presentation entitled “Discovering the Universe,” then participants may take turns gazing at the cosmos through binoculars, mid-size computer-controlled telescopes or sensitive telescopes used for astrophotography.

A 2-hour tour costs CLP45,000 (near $88) per person and a 3-hour tour, CLP56,500 ($111) each. Book tours more than a week in advance.