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Total Solar Eclipse 2020 in Chile

Come and observe the total eclipse of the sun in Chile in December 2020! Further Details

Total Solar Eclipse 2020 in Chile

Come and observe the total eclipse of the sun in Chile in December 2020! Further Details

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Hit the road for a unique, exceptional and unforgettable event: Witness a total Solar Eclipse on December 14, 2020 in Chile!

The stay

The stays will take place from December 13, 2020 to January 2, 2021. It is also possible to follow the stay over a period of one, two or three weeks, with every week having a different and complementary program.

Two different themes will evolve in parallel with the common daily life shared between both groups. These themes are :

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics : for all fans of astronomy. Initiation for 7 to 15 year olds, research and hands-on activities for 16 year olds and above.
  • Change workshops : The occasion to accompany fans of astronomy, while taking full advantage of the high level workshops regularly organized by the NGO OSI and in particular during the Total Solar Eclipses !

Introduction to astronomy for ages 7 to 15 years old

Is it its vastness? The mystery that seems to inhabit it? Or simply the questions that it make us ask about ourselves and our place in the universe?
Through practical activities and astronomical observations, come with us and learn more about our Universe, its history, its structures (stars, planets, galaxies, etc.) and its mysteries in the magical atmosphere of a total solar eclipse and the high Chilean plateaus that offer a sky of rare beauty.

For this orientation, we plan to cover several concepts (see list below). The choice of themes and its in-depth study will be adapted to your level and your desires. The program will be flexible according to what you wish to discover or deepen.

Some of the themes are listed as follows:
- the sun and the solar system
- the life cycle of stars
- the dark side of the universe
- the history of the universe according to current cosmological theories
- elemental composition of the universe
- celestial mechanics
- Recognizing the constellations
- The use of astronomical equipment

Astronomy and astrophysics from the age of 16 years old and above

Throughout this stay in the land of astronomical observatories, you will learn or deepen your knowledge of astronomy, on astronomical equipment, learn how to capture images of the sky and so that you can bring back with you the experiences and unforgettable memories of eclipse of the sun, a true and magical moment. On the agenda: observations throughout the day and night, a visit to the observatory, some photography, astrophotography, of some breathtaking landscapes, etc.

We will discuss several concepts (see list below). The choice of themes and their depth of understanding will be tailored to your level and your desires. The program will be flexible according to what you wish to discover or deepen your knowledge.

The non-exhaustive list of themes is as follows:
- solar physics
- the life cycle of stars
- the dark side of the universe
- the history of the universe according to current cosmological theories
- elemental makeup of the universe
- relativity and gravity
- recognizing the constellations
- use of astronomical equipment

In parallel, after having collected data on the day of the Eclipse, we will dedicate ourselves to the understanding of the data and its analysis. We will also participate in other small participatory sky study projects.

The next TOTAL eclipses of the Sun

December 4, 2021
in Antarctica

April 8, 2024
in North America

The research project

Astronomy and Astrophysics

Beyond the obvious aesthetic values, the observation of eclipses from the Earth notably enables the study of the solar corona (see article below). At the beginning of the last century, such observations had also allowed to bring an experimental proof of the curvature of space-time due to masses predicted by Einstein in his theory of general relativity. After the collection of data on the day of the Eclipse, we will focus on its understanding and analysis. We will also participate in other small participatory projects of sky studies.

In parallel to these activities and in recognition of the unique environment that we will be living in, we will also be conducting numerous observations of the sky as well as taking up some astronomical photography throughout our stay.

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The location

We will first go to the Chilean region of Araucania to observe the eclipse during the first week before heading to the Atacama Desert for the second and third week. Many observatories are located in this desert, the highest in the world !

!! To book your plane tickets please read carefully ! (all times are in local time) :

- 1st week arrivals: 13/12/20 at Araucania International Airport in Temuco. Arrivals no later than 18h.
- 1st week to 2nd week transfers: Departure on 20/12/20 from Araucania International Airport to El Loa Airport in Calama. Suggested flight : 15h47 Latam Airlines. Same for departure.
- 3rd week arrivals: 20/12/20 from early afternoon until 18h at El Loa Airport in Calama.
- 2nd week arrivals: 27/12/20 from the beginning of the afternoon until 18h at El Loa Airport in Calama. Same applies for departures.
- Flight from El Loa Airport in Calama to Santiago: Suggested flight on 01/01/21 (no options listed yet, but the earliest possible flight).
- Departure from Chile to France in the morning of the 03/01/21.

Don’t hesitate to contact us by e-mail for more details.

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Day to day proceedings

The first week - from the 13th to the 20th of December - will take place in Araucania, the region above which the solar eclipse will be absolute. In addition to observing the total eclipse and doing scientific activities on December 14th, we will also discover some of the most beautiful landscapes of this region and experience a genuine encounter with the local culture.

The second week - which will take place from the 20th to the 27th of December - and the third week - from the 27th of December to the 3rd of January - will take place in the Atacama Desert, located close by to San Pedro de Atacama. During the second week we will dedicate some time to non scientific activities during which we will explore the extraordinary landscapes such as the Lagunas Altiplánicas or the geysers that emerge in the early morning. We will all celebrate Christmas together while tasting the local specialties.

The program for the third and final week will be based on the science activities in place at that time. The group working on astronomy will go twice to bivouac in the valleys not far from San Pedro in order to avoid any potential light pollution before performing the astronomical observations. The other group’s participants will also be able to take part of course, provided that they are in good physical condition and have the appropriate bivouac equipment. We will re-assemble to celebrate the New Year together.

The area where we’ll be travelling to in the Atacama Desert is located at high altitude. The city of San Pedro is situated at an altitude of 2,500 meters and if the weather permits, we will ascend to altitudes higher than 4,000 meters. To withstand such high altitudes, it is important that each participant be in good physical shape.
The bivouacs, nights under the stars in the desert, the several hours of walking, from the city, require very good physical condition.
In the context of exposure to high altitiutes and to ensure our ’explorers’ are not at risk, we will conduct a physical test for those over 50 years old.

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Day to Day Schedule

Here is the general program of the stay —(the detailed program is still under construction)— :

  • Sunday 13/12 : Arrival of the group at the Araucania International Airport in Temuco until 6pm. Travel by minibus (2h) to Villarrica.
    Set up for the week in the Villarrica area.
  • Monday 14/12 : Day of the Eclipse
  • Tuesday 15/12 to Saturday 19/12 : Week in the Villarrica region with the analysis of the eclipse data, discovering the sky and the CHANGE program
  • Sunday 20/12 : Travel to Calama. -We suggest you book the 3:47 PM flight from Araucania International Airport in Temuco to El Loa Airport in Calama.—
  • Monday 21/12 : Travel by minibus to San Pedro d’Atacama (1h30) and set up for the next two weeks in the region.
  • Tuesday 22/12 to Saturday 26/12 A productive week lushed in discoveries and learning in the heart of the Atacama Desert. Visit of the ALMA, bivouacs and observations, hot baths, Lagunas Altiplanicas, Piedras Rojas and if conditions allow, the ascent of Cerro Toco.
  • Saturday 26/12 : Return to Calama by Minibus in the afternoon for those who finish the stay. Visit of Calama and night in Calama.
  • Sunday 27/12 : Departure from El Loa Airport in Calama to Santiago and to your final destination. You are free to decide on your departure time.
    For the participants arriving, road tip by minibus scheduled at the end of the day to San Pedro d’Atacama (1h30).
  • Monday 28/12 to Friday 01/01 : Second week in the Atacama Desert. An in-depth study of astronomy. We will visit many sites: Valle de la Lunas, Valle Muerte, ... Several observational bivouacs and the start of the new year with your head still dosing into the stars !
  • Friday 01/12 : Travel by minibus to Calama, a visit tour of the city.
  • Saturday 02/12 : Return flight to Santiago in the morning (flights not yet open). Visit of Santiago at the end of the day.
  • Sunday 03/12 : Return flight to your final destination. You are free to decide on your departure time.
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Description of the USA 2017 trip (for the record)

A unique stay planned for 2017... this stay promises many wonders! Your head will remain in the stars when you return home, guaranteed !

August 21, 2017: Total Solar Eclipse
_An exclusive and beautiful total eclipse over the United States! It is the exact replica of the total solar eclipse from August 11, 1999 which had passed over Europe some eighteen years ago, in other words, a very beautiful scenic spectacle !

This unique trip to the USA took place in 2017 during the total eclipse…Did you miss it? Don’t panic, we are planning to observe this phenomenon once more, which will take place in 2020 in Argentina !

Take the road for a unique, exceptional and unforgettable event: the total solar eclipse taking place on August 21, 2017 in the United States;!
Throughout this road trip across the United States, you will learn how to use astronomical equipment, make images of the sky and especially the Sun. You will be able to bring back home with you the testimony of this magical solar exclipse experience. On the program: observations, day and night, visits to NASA observatories and facilities, interviews with scientists, photography, astrophotography, etc…

Total Sun Eclipses

The next TOTAL eclipses of the Sun will take place :
July 2, 2019
in Latin America
December 14, 2020
in Latin America
December 4, 2021
in Antarctica
April 8, 2024
in North America

On site, the stay will be structured around various science journalism projects on the themes of astronomy, aerospace and the place of women in science in the USA. During the 11 days on site you will investigate, visit historical NASA sites, document and meet the people who have made and are making history in astronomy. Our team, composed of an astrophysicist-astronomer, a specialist in gender issues and a dedicated expedition logistician, will be there to guide you in your project choices as well as on how to acquire and transmit the information collected.

(Example of science journalism topics with OSI- Iceland’Lab 2016 : - - )

All scientific and journalistic activities will be conducted in English. Visits, public observation evenings, interviews and discussions with the various people met will be conducted in English. The logbook, which will be your link with your family and friends, will be written in English and French. Private activities such as astronomical observations in preparation for the eclipse will be in French.

Our road trip will take us from Washington D.C to Nashville, Tennessee.
During our journey we will discover the most emblematic places linked to the history of astronomy and the conquest of space in the United States. On the program, the Air and Space Museum, the Goddard Space Flight Center (test centre for the future space telescope), the Green Bank Observatory with its famous radio telescope, and the Marshall Space Flight Center where the engines of the Apollo rockets were tested.

The stay being itinerant, we will have to move regularly with our minibuses in which you will find all the necessary comfort. We will cross remote areas of the cities to take advantage of a preserved sky at night and we will sleep in tents for almost the entire stay (except in Washington and Nashville) without neglecting once again the comfort and rest of each participant.

Day 1: You will arrive at the Washington D.C airport for the beginning of your astronomical adventure.

Day 2: Visit NASA’s Goddard Space flight center in Washington! Visit the Smithsonian Air and Space museum and travel to the town of Franklin.

Day 3: Visit the Green Bank Observatory, a site hosting a 100m diameter radio telescope! Then travel to Wytheville.

Day 4: En route to Pisgah to visit the Pisgah Astronomical Research, a former NASA radio astronomy site where you can start using the expedition’s astronomical equipment in a site protected from light pollution. This site will also allow those who wish to do so to go on beautiful hikes.

Day 5: Day will be dedicated to performing run tests and shooting previews to prepare for the day of the eclipse. Travel Pisgah->Knoxville.

Day 6.7: We will be making a small detour to Hunstville, Alabama to visit NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, which is the site where the rocket engines, probes and satellites used by the U.S. space agency are designed, built and tested (for example, it is where the engines for the rockets that sent the Apollo missions to the moon were built).
A day off after our first week on the road

Day 8, 9: Huntsville->Nashville, Tenessee to get closer to the eclipse site. Identify the precise location of the eclipse, which will be in Princeton, Kentucky, and rehearse the shots on the program.
A little evening of observation.
The day of the eclipse, depending on the weather conditions, departure in the morning for the eclipse site not to miss the beginning of the event at 11:52 am and especially the whole event at 1:20 pm to 1:23 pm and enjoy the show until 2:47 pm.

Day 10: recess, first image processing, and return to Washington.

Day 11: departure from Washington and return home full of unforgettable memories !

flight journal 2017

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