Holiday Inn Express Antofagasta
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... it hasn't rained in over 50 years.
A very special sight I got see was the desert flowers which only bloom once a year. The red sand looks purple now in distance. There are so many flowers you wouldn't believe you're in a desert. It does look stunning and the picture doesn't do justice.
A bit closer to our destination we stopped at the cemetery Oficina Chile. It's one of many abandoned nitrate mining areas. Very interesting is that ...
... further down the line but it will be up to us find out if it has any credit on it.So we are moving on this afternoon and are treating ourselves to a two hour flight instead of a 16 hour bus journey.It is my early birthday present and we are glad to be off the buses.So i turn 45 tomorrow and i have to ask myself where did it all go so right?We will be in touch in a few days time once we are settled in at our next stop.Wish you were here. ...
... weather are rare. The telescopes are thoughfully placed in an extremely dry area. The altitude is lower than at ALMA, "only" about 2500 m, but dryness has been prioritated over thin atmosphere. Clouds and rain are not only bad for observations, it's a bad spell for the telescopes themselves.
I managed to extend my stay on the hill long enough to see the first real time observations. I kept on following Telescope IV, which this night was looking ...
... diamond mine (looks more like a fortress than a diamond mine) and spent some time walking around town. The museums were really well done.
There's a large desert a bit inland called Atacama Desert, the driest area of the world. This area is renowned for having some of the clearest skies in the world so star gazing is a big deal here. The mining museum had great pictures from the views of the skies from the European Southern Observatory which is situated in the ...
... to the hills.