Holiday Inn Express Antofagasta
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services
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... 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 ...
... and builders from what we saw. It's typically colourful though. On the north side of the peninsula, the places get even more run down; Caleta Constitucion proving to be little more than a few shacks, dead cars, fishing boats, and a prehistoric generator which appeared to be vaguely wired to various local houses. We didn't stay long before heading further along the coast as far as we could get before ...
... cours des 15 dernières années...
Je me suis raccroché à deux espoirs bien minces, deux compagnies qui offraient encore récemment des voyages en train vers la Bolivie, l'une supposément en cours de restauration, l'autre qui offre peut-être encore un service. Cette dernière est la compagnie Ferrocarril de Antofagasta a Bolivia; ma prochaine étape doit donc être Antofagasta.
Un petit voyage de 12 heures de nuit en classe premium-super-luxe (hum) plus tard et je ...
... with a primary mirror of 8,20m diameter each are used to watch the southern skies. Impressive! There is even more to come: In addition to the Very Large Telescope (VLT), the E-ELT which is about to be built in the same place will have an amazing mirror of 42m diameter!
German version will follow.
Deutsche Version folgt bei Gelegenheit.