Exploring Patagonia & the Skies of the Southern Hemisphere

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MAR. 15-29, 2022 $9,995
La Serena, Santiago, Pucón, San Martin de los Andes, San Carlos de Bariloche, Buenos Aires
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Exploring Patagonia & the Skies of the Southern Hemisphere

MAR. 15-29, 2022
La Serena, Santiago, Pucón, San Martin de los Andes, San Carlos de Bariloche, Buenos Aires

Behold the Southern Hemisphere’s dazzling evening skies on an exclusive expedition to Chile and Argentina with UCLA Nobel Prize Laureate, Andrea Ghez, Department of Physics & Astronomy. Go behind the scenes to meet astronomers who are peering deeper into the universe than ever before. Through special permission, see the Vera C. Rubin Observatory with the world’s largest digital camera fabricated for optical astronomy, the Gemini South 8.1-meter telescope, and the SOAR 4.1 telescope. Also enjoy a private entrée to see Las Campanas Observatory where the Giant Magellan Telescope is being built which will have a higher resolution than the Hubble or Webb Space Telescopes. In the evening travel to El Pangue Observatory in Vicuna to view the pristine skies ourselves.

Your adventure continues as you travel to the Swiss-like town of Pucón in the Andean foothills of Chile’s Lake District. Here will enjoy a full-day excursion to the Villarrica Volcano and then cross through a mountain pass and Aracuria forest to San Martin de Los Andes. Spend the day exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site of Lanin National Park. Next, drive the scenic “Route of the Seven Lakes” to the alpine town San Carlos de Bariloche with stunning views of Lake Nahuel Huapi and the Andes. Gather this evening for a stargazing party with Professor Ghez using large amateur telescopes. Our tour ends in cosmopolitan Buenos Aires where we’ll enjoy a tango show, visit the Galileo Galilei planetarium, and tour the city’s varied and colorful neighborhoods.

For those wishing to extend their stay, a pre-trip to Easter Island or a post-trip to Iguazu Falls is available.

Cost: $9,995
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Activity Level: Active
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UCLA Faculty on Tour

Andrea M. Ghez
Department of Physics & Astronomy
Andrea M. Ghez, professor of Physics & Astronomy and Lauren B. Leichtman & Arthur E. Levine chair in Astrophysics, is one of the world’s leading experts in observational astrophysics and heads UCLA’s Galactic Center Group. Her groundbreaking work has provided the best evidence to date for the existence of supermassive black holes and has opened a new approach to understanding these exotic objects. In 2020 Andrea was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics by the Royal Swedish Academy of Science. She has received numerous other honors and awards including the Bakerian Medal from the Royal Society of London, a MacArthur Fellowship, election to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.

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9 Crow Canyon Ct STE 205
San Ramon, CA 94583

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