Chile adventure!

We’ve had a busy few weeks doing lots of planning! The summer holidays are creeping up fast and we have lots of exciting workshops planned, including public showings of our new planetarium show “One Giant Leap”. Details of workshops are here

Our Astronomy Manager, Cosmic Carol is getting ready to jet off to the Atacama Desert in Chile next week after winning a place on the European Southern Observatory social media team for the total solar eclipse. She’ll spend 7 days in the Atacama Desert, visiting various observatories and posting about it on social media. You can follow her on Twitter @Cosmic_Carol

She’ll be watching the solar eclipse on 2nd July from La Silla. The La Silla Observatory is located on the outskirts of the Chilean Atacama Desert, 600 km north of Santiago de Chile and at an altitude of 2400 metres. Like other observatories in this geographical area, La Silla is located far from sources of light pollution and, like the Paranal Observatory, home to the Very Large Telescope, it has one of the darkest night skies on the Earth. La Silla has been an ESO stronghold since the 1960s. Here, ESO operates two of the most productive 4-metre class telescopes in the world.

She will also visit the VLT (very large telescope) based at the Paranal Observatory, famous for being blown up in Quantum of Solace.

And will also visit ALMA . A state-of-the-art telescope to study light with wavelengths of about one millimetre, shining from some of the coldest objects in the Universe, ALMA is a cooperation of the European Southern Observatory (ESO), together with its international partners. The site of ALMA is the 5000-m altitude Chajnantor plateau in northern Chile, one of the driest places on Earth.

If you’re a teacher and you’d like Carol to come into school and talk about her experiences in Chile, send us and email on

Have a great weekend!

Katie, Carol, Lauren and Anita

The Lab Rascals team xxx

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