Observing the world's most spectacular skies

Believe it or not believe in UFOs, are the privileged Chile Elqui valley, dotted with astronomical observatories, and sleeping in a strange bed Hotelito spying from stars, nebulae, planets ... Flawless before the end of 2009, the International Year of Astronomy.

Observing the world's most spectacular skies

The skies of the Elqui Valley and magnetism laden rocks have made ​​the Chilean region of Coquimbo in a secret among ufologists, astronomers and staunch supporters of the UFO phenomenon. The appointment with these heavens, considered among the cleanest in the world, becomes even more meaningful this year, declared by the United Nations as the International Year of Astronomy.
physical and meteorological characteristics of the area, sandwiched between the Pacific and mountain ranges the coast and the Andes, conspire to make your look cloudless skies and with a very low level of atmospheric turbulence even three hundred nights a year, which, combined with its low light pollution, make it a unique viewpoint.
Numerous observatories these payments scattered point every night the sky to spy the stars. Some, like the Collowara Mamalluca and are open to any visitor who wants to learn to distinguish planets, moons, stars, clusters, nebulae and entire galaxies. Given this show, even the most incredulous of mortals dream come to the existence of other worlds.
Though numerous symposia and meetings around ufology take place every year in the city of La Serena, for many, as in everywhere, the records of these strange phenomena that sometimes are reported in local newspapers are pure fantasy. Others in the region, however, recognize with amazing naturalness. The question, therefore, is open to the discretion of the visitor.
On thing that is possible is speculation on the brightness of one of the world's most stunning skies, which arises when the Elqui Valley skies light up as the ocean swallows the last ray of sun. Just to enjoy it opened just four years ago the hotel Elqui Domes, the first Southern Hemisphere astronomical hotel, whose website, in addition to fees and other issues to use, you can access a link on the phases of the moon or a real catalog of stars, nebulae and supernovae.
barely has seven geodesic domes, a kind of luxury igloos with removable roof allowing admire the stars without having to get out of bed, but all are armed with a powerful telescope sightings serious, in addition to inviting guests to participate in horseback riding low in the sky or astronomical routes where their specialists help decipher the best kept secrets of the heavens.

Learning to look at the sky

This area north of Chile has a handful of observatories open to visitors. The Mamalluca, besides teaching to look at the stars and identify constellations, organizes courses in a few hours, as the basic astronomy, the tour sunset or the Andean worldview, in which you can become familiar with the concept of the firmament that governed so many Hispanic cultures. Other observatories in the area, Cerro Mayu, and the newly opened Collowara Observatory of the Southern Cross, are among the largest in the world. Three hours from La Serena, is visited each night by about 300 people eager to unlock the secrets of the universe. Through Chile Tourism page tours can be booked four days devoted to astronomy and stargazing throughout the region.

In www.chile.travel and http://www.regionestrella.cl

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